I have severe Fibromyalgia and have been taking 4-6 tabs of Hydrocodone 10mg for approx 4 years. I have recently been prescribed Avinza which I have not yet taken. I am directed to take it at bedtime, however I am nervous because I know it depresses respirations. How is that going to play out with my sleep apnea? My sleep study a year ago indicated that I have 59 apneic episodes per hour. I do have a CPAP at my bedside but as of yet have not been able to sleep with it because the pressure setting it too high. My current doc continues to say that the setting is appropriate?? I'm still in search of a doc to help me with a new order to lower the settings. Am I being overly nervous about taking the Avinza? The Vicodin just isn't helping anymore and I am in so much pain, especially in the mornings when I have gone the longest without medication.
I am a respiratory therapist well I was until I became disabled five years ago. I would like to help you but I need more info. What is your pressure setting? Do you use a mask, nasal pillow or what? Does your CPAP machine have a ramp setting? Maybe you should try taking the Avinza during the day just to get a feel for the effects Again I need more info what dose of Avinza are you on? Are you opiate tolerant? Going from hydrocodone to morphine is a big change. Morphine being much stronger. Avinza has both a fact acting and long acting component which I found to work well, decreased the need for breakthu since your sleep study Have you lost 10lbs or more since? If you have lost weight that changes alot your pressure setting would need to be adjusted. Another suggestion would be to take the Avinza a few hours before sleep that way the fast acting component should have been delivered and then you will be getting smaller doses. I would gladly help if you want to contact me with more info I guess I would add you as a friend and we can talk that way I will post this and hope to hear from you
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