... when it comes to being prescribed this drug. I used to take MScontin 60mg, but I got tired of sleeping all the time. So my doctor changes me to Oxy 10mg. That is no where near strong enough to deal with my pain. Yet he gives his male patients 30mg oxy for back problems, and my problem is lupus which is very dibilitating in itself without the pain, with the pain I can do nothing. Why the discrepency? I feel it is very sexist
I am not a dr or a nurse, but the mscontin is long acting i believe, and the oxy is short acting, so, i think the dr did make a big mistake with your rx. How are your oxy instructions written, is it for 2 by mouth 3 times a day, or did he just rx one 10 mg oxy for you? On the whole, men seem to have higher tolerances and can take more at one time initially, but as any patient gets a tolerance, the dose has to be changed or the med, which it looks like he did, but he may have simply made a mistake and rx'ed you too low a dose of a short acting med, to avert the drowsiness of the longer acting and higher dose of mscontin. Do you have a good enough relationship with this dr where you feel comfortable expressing what your pain level is? Try that and see if he will help recalibrate your meds. Patti
I have an answer for you. I have an online opiates converter and I just did some calculations. If done in the wrong way, it looks like 60 mg of Morphine = 5 - 10 mg of OxyContin. So I then did it another way, which is obviously the right way, and now it says 30 - 60 mg of OxyContin. Common sense tells me the 2nd answer is right. Your doc forgot to use his common sense. You have to call him but don't say this the way I just did. Somehow ask him to re-calculate the equivalency dose. It has nothing to do with being a woman, don't even mention that. Say something like this:
"Doc I took the 10 mg OxyContin you gave me but my pain is even worse than it was with the Morphine. Doc please you have to help me. Can you check the charts you guys use to see what dose of OxyContin should equal the 60 mg of Morphine I was on? Please Doctor, you have to help me, because this 10 mg OxyContin isn't."
Something like that.
It reminds me of what happens when we use a calculator to add up numbers. If we don't have any idea of the correct answer by looking at the numbers and taking an educated guess in our minds, the calculator may give us the wrong answer and we'll believe it. This is what happened with your doc. Whatever tool he used to calculate the equivalency dose gave him the wrong number and he didn't stop to think, "How Can That Be?" It can't be. 10 mg of Oxy can't equal 60 mg of Morphine. It just doesn't make sense.
Good luck with him. Let us know what happens.
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