I have been prescribed MS Cotin and Oxycodone to take. 30mg of MS Cotin and 15 mg of Oxycodone. Is that ok to take together like that?
The long acting medication-MSContin- is meant to be your base medication so you want to take it by the clock, your oxycodone 15mg is a short acting drug meant for breakthrough pain so you only want to take that when the base medication is not holding your pain hence, when pain "breaks through" or "as needed". When you first start a long acting drug, you may need the breakthrough more for the first few days until a blood level builds, after that your long acting drug should be holding most of your pain but you may need a breakthrough dose if you do a heavier activity like mopping the floor or mowing the grass or sometimes at the end of the period between long acting meds-so for instance, your MSContin is every 12 hours and you start feeling a great deal of pain after 10 hours-you still have 2 hours to go, so it would be appropriate to take a short acting dose to tide you over until your next long acting dose is due. It is ok to take both medications at the same time but try not to do so all the time because it will make you tolerant of the drugs effects that much faster. The majority of your pain should be covered by your long acting MSContin then the oxycodone should be reserved for times when you need just a little more. Does that expalin it better for you?
- Oxycodone Information for Consumers
- Oxycodone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Oxycodone (detailed)
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