... was taking Norco 10/325 two tabs 4 tinea a day. After many years of that and not wanting to go any higher in strength, last June was my last extremely painful injury, sciatica which to me is by far more painful than/ or just as painful as natural childbirth. I was bed bound for a month and couldn't walk. Very unbearable for me but I made it through it and have reoccurrences every now and again along with other nerve pain. List goes on... my question is this new med is seriously making me TIRED. It's hard to even lift my arms to get dressed. It's like I'm whipped. And then have to sit down because I don't have the energy to keep moving. My norcos at least perked me up and was able to maintain my house. With these I can't function. First dose was at 5:30pm today 3/30/16 and it didn't seem to kick in. I was crawling outta my skin so I passed out. When I woke up I was more tired than I was before I fell asleep. The pain is 95% gone. But i cant be in bed not being able to move. What is going on... why am i so tired... why are my muscles so limp? I can't take this. His only other offer was a pain patch. I think fentanyl I'm not sure I'd have to recheck. what do you suggest I do I need energy I can't be in bed all day??? Please help
When you change from an immediate release med, like norco, to an extended release med, like ms contin, your body has to adjust a lot. I think that it's a lot easier to switch when the extended med becomes your primary med, but you're prescribed a smaller dose of the immediate release for breakthrough pain. You might ask your Dr about this. Even though both are narcotics, they work differently. So basically you're going through a form of withdrawal. If you can give it a couple weeks, your body should become used to the change and you probably won't have this problem anymore. Of course, everyone reacts differently to different meds. But I would try your best to be patient for a couple weeks and see if your feeling better and not so tired. If you do this and you're still having this symptom so strongly, then i would make an appointment with your Dr. If he can see that you've made an honest attempt to try the new med, he may be more apt to work with you. I hope this helps you.
The same thing happened to my husband when he had Oxycodone 10mg 4x's a day. When his doctor switched him to the MS Contin ER, he still gave him Oxycodone 10mg 3x's a day for breakthrough pain. The whole point of upping him to MS Contin was because his Percocet no longer worked for his pain level after another injury and the job he has. But it was still necessary to have a fast acting pain med for the breakthrough pain that happens when you have to wait so long between taking another dose of you ER medication. You could always talk to your doctor about that. He may even lower your dose of ER release medication so he can add at least 3 of the Norco back in for fast acting pain relief. It never hurts to ask.
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