I've been disabled for approx 18 yrs,"legally permanently disabled" for over 6 yrs now. I have 6 herniated disks:cervical to lumbar,spinal stenosis,neuropathy,endometriosis.I have been prescribed nearly ever pain med in the book. Finally, was stabilized on the following for the past 7-8yrs- Oxycontin 80mg: 5tabs 3 x daily,Dilaudid 8mg 4tabs 3x daily & Valium 10mg 1tab 4x daily. The newly formulated OP's didn't touch the pain & luckily my pharmacist had a 1 month supply left of the original OC formulation. I have only 1 week's worth left. To date, we have not been able to find an equally strong pain relief medication. PLEASE HELP IF YOU CAN.ASAP!
Have you tried the new formula yet. I ask because it does not sound like it from what you wrote. I have and it does not work and the side effects out weigh the benefit. I did post a more detailed response earlier. I am sort of shocked that you are prescribed 5 80mgs TID, thats alot. I am not saying you don't need high dose but why not increase the dosage. Any way I think we are all going to have to start over. I am angery because like you it has taken many years to finally come up with a combo that works. I take 80mg oxycontin three times a day, 10mg oxy ir every three - four hours prn and valium 10mg tid. I am going to try Avinza. I took it some years ago, it is good but it is expensive and I found that I felt doppy. I feel that way with the new oxycontin and I hate it. The constipation is now a huge problem did not have it before. Good luck to you keep us posted
The manufacturer of the old style Oxycontin, Purdue Pharm, acquired Ethex Manufacturers to distribute the OC's for them. It's being marketed in generic form as Oxycodone ER in 80 mg & 40 mg only, but unfortunately only Walgreens is carrying this brand name. Let me warn you though, pretty much every pharmacy is very hesitant to give any information what so ever concerning Schedule II medications over the phone, unless they know you due to the rash of daytime robberies not too long ago looking for, you got it, Oxycontin!! There's one more company that distributes the 20 mg only, called Apotex. As far as I know once again, Walgreens only carries this. You must completely trust & believe me when I tell you, IT REALLY IS EXACTLY THE SAME MEDICATION. It's says OC on one side & 80 on the other, is the same exact color & same size.
It will begin to melt in your mouth, if for some reason you can't swallow it immediately, so that alone tells me they ARE NOT the OP's. The OP's gave me horrible stomach pains with worsened constipation. Worse of all (I'll swear on a mountain of Bibles, too!!) those darn things passed completely through my intestinal tract & on out completely whole, without dissolving at all. Now you tell me, how can a medication perform its duty if it can't break apart to let the chemicals do what they're suppose to do? Recently I read they've discovered yet another dangerous side effect from them. If you have a damaged liver, etc.,be careful because whatever they have used for the reformulation to make it abuse resistant, has the possibility of causing further or additional problems or damage.
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I have been on OxyContin myself for over three years after trying every other drug under the sun. I have had my neuropathy for 15 yrs. I have seen the best doctors at Cleveland Clinic, under went five surgeries on my feet and have been with pain specialist for 13 yrs. I also had two lower lumbar fusion surgeries. I have tried it all. My pain specialist recommend a pain pump that is surgically implanted in your lower stomach area or lower back side with a catheter that implanted in the fluid sack in the spine cord. This is not a stimulator which I also tried and was a waste of time and money. The pain pump has changed my life I am able to get around and do some things I have never been able to do while having p. n. Just google pain pumps and you can see the different types. I still have pain spikes that keeps me off my feet and are very painful 3-7 times a day and oxycodone helps with that... look into it ... it has really helped me now for over 4 ys. And I am now 57 yrs old... good luck...
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