I've take oxycontin for 10 years, and have felt sick for last few. After minor exertion, I just get an awful all over "bad"feeling, and like my life is drained out of me. I had heart stent put in March trying to get help for this, but they say it's not the heart. Now it's getting worse again. I'm on my feet only 15 min and My arms feel weak and I wish I could find the right way to explain how awful I feel. Even going to church, visit my mom... so that isn't anxiety. It's something physical. Could it be the pain med? Does anyone know what I'm talking about. I don't know what to do.
I know what you are talking about. I am going thru the same thing. This began when Perdue changed the formula, you did know about that right? In caae you did not. Notice the OP on the pill. They put in something to make it gell up so people cant' crush it and snort or shoot it. Also they have taken out the quick acting component thats why you don't feel any relief and very little in a couple hours. I have the same complaint. I feel awful also just like you said an all over body sickness. I talked to my doctor and I told him I want off this stuff ASAP.
At first he said give it time you will get used to it. Its 90 days now and I am not.
I had him increase the oxy irs I take for breakthru pain because I am trying wean off these bad bad pills. I cant stand up or sit up for very long I am afraid to drive anywhere. Many people are feeling the same way. Try taking breakthru meds more if you have them but don;t increase your oxycontin you will just feel worse.
Talk to your doctor. I know I am not getting the full dose of an 80mg first off and what ever they are using now to gel this pill up is bad stuff.
If your overall feeling of ill health has anything to do with your medication, please contact a representative and log a complaint. The new OP (all strengths) will be replacing the regular OC version by the end of 2010. I have heard that Walgreens is still distributing 40mg and 80mg of the original OC through another manufacturer. You'll need to call Walgreens to ask specifically if they carry the OC version of the higher mg oxycontin. Many people are having problems with this new medication. Here is Purdue's official statement and the reps you can contact with any concerns/complaints, or questions you may have.
(203) 588-8069 (office)
(203) 856-2121 (mobile)
(203) 856-7670 (office)
(203) 609-1291 (mobile)
April 5, 2010 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Purdue Pharma L.P.'s New Drug Application for a reformulation of OxyContin® (oxycodone HCl controlled-release) Tablets.
The reformulation has met FDA criteria for bioequivalence to the original formulation, which means there is no significant difference in the rate and extent of absorption of the therapeutic ingredient.
While similar in appearance to the original formulation, the reformulated tablets have a different marking ("OP") than the currently marketed tablets (marking "OC") and the 60 mg and 80 mg tablets are slightly larger in size than the currently marketed tablets.
Purdue elected to reformulate OxyContin® to be bioequivalent to the original formulation and in an effort to make the tablet more difficult to manipulate for the purpose of intentional misuse and abuse, however, there is no evidence that the reformulation of OxyContin is less subject to misuse, abuse, diversion, overdose or addiction.
OxyContin® continues to be a CII controlled substance with all the attendant risks of Schedule II opioids, specifically that the drug has a high potential for abuse. Use, misuse, or abuse of the drug may lead to physical dependence or addiction (addiction is sometimes referred to as "psychological dependence"). In addition, alteration of the tablet in any manner poses significant risks of overdose and death. The Full Prescribing Information contains warnings about the potential for abuse, diversion, overdose and addiction, including a boxed warning (see below).
Indications and Usage
OxyContin® is a controlled-release oral formulation of oxycodone hydrochloride indicated for the management of moderate to severe pain when a continuous, around-the-clock opioid analgesic is needed for an extended period of time.
Limitations of Usage
OxyContin® is not intended for use on an as-needed basis.
As used here, "moderate" and "moderate to severe" pain do not include commonplace and ordinary aches and pains, pulled muscles, cramps, sprains, or similar discomfort.
OxyContin® is not indicated for the management of pain in the immediate postoperative period (the first 12-24 hours following surgery), or if the pain is mild, or not expected to persist for an extended period of time. OxyContin® is indicated for postoperative use following the immediate post-operative period only if the patient is already receiving the drug prior to surgery or if the postoperative pain is expected to be moderate to severe and persist for an extended period of time. Physicians should individualize treatment, moving from parenteral to oral analgesics as appropriate. (See American Pain Society guidelines.)
OxyContin® is not indicated for pre-emptive analgesia (preoperative administration for the management of postoperative pain).
OxyContin® is not indicated for rectal administration.
Important Safety Information
OxyContin® is contraindicated in patients who have significant respiratory depression, patients who have or are suspected of having paralytic ileus, patients who have acute or severe bronchial asthma, and patients who have known hypersensitivity to any of its components or the active ingredient, oxycodone.
Opioid analgesics have a narrow therapeutic index in certain patient populations, especially when combined with CNS depressant drugs, and should be reserved for cases where the benefits of opioid analgesia outweigh the known risks of respiratory depression, altered mental state, and postural hypotension. Use low initial doses of OxyContin® in patients who are not already opioid-tolerant, especially those who are receiving concurrent treatment with muscle relaxants, sedatives, or other CNS active medications.
Serious adverse reactions which may be associated with OxyContin® Tablet therapy in clinical use are respiratory depression, apnea, respiratory arrest, and circulatory depression, hypotension, or shock. The most common adverse reactions (>5%) include: constipation, nausea, somnolence, dizziness, vomiting, pruritus, headache, dry mouth, asthenia, and sweating.
Working with the FDA, Purdue has developed a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for OxyContin® Tablets. The OxyContin REMS includes a Medication Guide, Elements to Assure Safe Use, such as healthcare provider training and a timetable for submitting assessments of the REMS.
The Company expects to begin shipping all dosage strengths of the reformulated product (10 mg, 15 mg, 20 mg, 30 mg, 40 mg, 60 mg and 80 mg) to distributors and pharmacies during the third quarter of 2010, at which time Purdue will cease shipping the original formulation.
"We will work with distributors and pharmacies for a smooth transition to the reformulation that will maintain product supply and protect patient access," said John H. Stewart, President and CEO of Purdue Pharma L.P.
Do you mean you have felt this sick feeling for the last few years? Then it has nothing to do with the recent formula change that only happened within the last few months. The new Oxycontin formula change is a hot topic so it's easy to assume that is what you are referring to.
I have taken Oxycontin for 8 years. 40mg x 3 per day. Often I am feel very tired, even walking to the mail-box, ie; minor exertion feels like I'm climbing Mt. Everest instead. My legs feel very heavy too and the other day a cup of coffee seemed too heavy for me to hold. But I have good days and bad days. It doesn't sound exactly like what you are talking about, but similar, because my "tiredness" is not all the time.
Another example for me would be that I have to force myself to do even the simplest of things, like take a shower, or go to the store, etc. I was never like that before my illness. I had an A type personality and could run people in circles. And it's not depression. It is fatigue pure and simple. I have an hour or two where I feel like I have energy and then it just disappears.
Does this sound like you?
Has anyone considered chronic fatigue syndrome as a DX for you? I have been diagnosed with it. And I had this drained/exhausted feeling *before* I ever started taking Oxycontin.
However, our bodies are so complicated. It could be that for some reason your body is not reacting the same to Oxycontin as it did before. Or another medication is causing this feeling. I'm sorry I'm not more help. But it's been 9 years now of living like this so I do understand how difficult it is day after day.
Is there a certain time or times during the day you feel this way?
For me, with the new Oxycontin OP I feel a horrible physical, mental fatigue and heaviness. Like my life is just being sucked out of me, right before the medication wears off. And it wears off fast, so this feeling comes on strong.
But again, the formulation change only happened over the last few months, and this new feeling started soon after. I'm convinced these two things are not a coincidence.
Let me know how your doing and please give more details to background health history (if you like).
- OxyContin Information for Consumers
- OxyContin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of OxyContin (detailed)
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