My spouse has been under the care of a Pain Management Specialist for several years. They started her on Norco-2 tabs every 4-6 hours; Then switched her to 20mg Oxycontin-1 tab every 12 hours; Then to 30mg Oxycodone-1.5 tabs every 4-6 hours as needed; Now they changed her to 30mg MS Contin and she claims she's supposed to take 2 pills at a time every 6 hours, but hasn't left her prescription bottle out anywhere that I could see it to confirm that and I'm concerned she might be over medicating!
for the amount of time she has been on the medication she could be addicted (this is not garenteed). everyone said you will notice if she runs out... or you can confront her and stop the abuse so shes not in withdrawal pain for as long (if you hold onto it and give her the correct dosage at the correct time then she cant abuse it. if you cant be with her at times tell her that she can only hold onto X amount while your gone)
A number of Doctors have switched from Norco & Vicodin to Oxycodone 15 or 30 mg every 4-6 hrs recently due to the tylenol scares. This is exactly what she is talking about... generic form, normally little tiny green pill... shame you do not have a relationship that is trusting enough to just ask her... Especially since she must be in a lot of pain.?
If your spouse is in that much pain she very well could be taking a lot. Signs of over medication is loss of memory, confusion, twitching, sleeping, dry mouth, chest pain, sweating. There are sseveral others but those most are noticeable. Just ask your wife yes you can count her pills. But maybe as a suggestion go buy her a locking bag yiu get one from walmart in the diabetic section. They're cute zebra prints. They have rolling number combination lock on them. You get a little pill case and ask her to put her daily amount in the case and the rest in the case. You should also ask her Dr. To write you a prescription for Evzio. It is a auto injection of Naloxone. This could save her life if did happen to accidentally over medicate and it was really bad. My pain specialist hands these to everyone that comes in his office. These things save lives. Just buy those thing for her and ask her to use them and tell her how concerned about her taking such a dangerous drug and that WE need to make sure and take car her. I am a wife just like yours and this medication is not something you want to have withdrawals or accidentally overdose. Like I said just nicely buy her those am make sure she uses them. This injector is good for kids and adults. Just in case a niece, nephew, your child is around the drugs and may have the one small unlocked one out and they take one if you use the injector they will live. Just some thoughts. I have been taking this medication for about 2 1/2 yrs.
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