My medication does not specify if it is immediate or controlled release. It says to take 1 every 8 hrs "as needed". Its 10 mg oxycodone but it really doesn't last the full 8 hrs. I've spoken with my dr. about adjusting but she doesn't really listen to me. Would it be safe for me to take 1 1/2 every 8 hrs. or could i take 1 like it says and a half one after 4 or 5 hrs? I'm 37 yrs old and have been on this same dose for about a year. Since my Dr. won't listen, I'd like some help.
As you may know, all meds react differently on each of us. Ask your pharmacy about CR/IR. Also, your metabolism has a great deal to do with the longevity of meds. If your doc is not listening to you, either "speak up" or find a new doc. I know this is not always easy with any type pain, however you must be an advocate for yourself or find one that help you.
Then MAKE him listen. Medications are prescribed with specific instructions written by the Dr to meet the need, if that same Dr cannot confirm why he or she wrote what he wrote, that is incompetent and irresponsible, and, considering the medication in question, highly unusual. Also, the bottle should specify, if it says "contin" (as in Oxycontin) then is continuous release and is NOT an as needed, so the as needed tells me it's IR.
As for taking it an hour sooner? Fine, just do not run out early these meds raise red flags hence my remark above "considering the medication in question... " Hope this helps.
- Oxycodone Information for Consumers
- Oxycodone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Oxycodone (detailed)
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