I thought I was prescribed 15 mg Percocet and 40 mg oxycontin. Am I?
The 15 mg is instant release while the 40mg is extended release. This means that the 40mg releases a constant amount of medicine to your system over a 12 hour period. The instant release is taken when you have breakthrough pain. It usually helps within 15 to 30 minutes after it's taken.
Never cut or crush an extended release pill. It loses its extended release property and releases a large amount of the drug into your system immediately. This could result in an overdose.
Percocet is Oxycodone and Tylenol.
Several years ago they got worried about the Tylenol causing liver damage if over 4 Gms so they started prescribing Oxycodone (short acting).
Now they are into getting people off the Oxycodone so they suggest taking Tylenol with it because it does help increase the effectiveness of the Oxycodone. Lol...
What next ?
Dancing gave you great advice about the extended release. People do cut it in half which changes the absorption rate and they overdose.
If you are taking the extended release plus the short acting ... '
Try taking the extended release even if the pain is minimal. Trying to hold off until your pain levels are high just causes your needs to be actually higher. Keep the pain under control with the extended. Take the short acting only as a rescue drug when your levels are out of control.
Avoiding the "as needed" meds will control your pain and avoid tolerance with the use of the short acting.
I don't think I explained that very well so let me know if you want me to try again.
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