I received the coated 40mg oxycodone tablets for pain management but I found the 20mg coated ones were making me so high that I don't think I could handle the 40mgs for 12 hours. So I cut the 40s in half and put them away for when I need them. But I read up on this, out of anxiety. And see that it is a big risk. But why? And is it REALLY? And is there anyone else has done this and can explain why or why not it's OK to take them like this? I don't understand how cutting 40mgs into 20mgs can cause an overdose?
Are you taking oxycontin or oxycodone? You can definitely not cut any continuous release drug. I think the fact that it has a coating is a clue. I have never cut any drug that has a coating. I recommend calling your doc and telling her that you feel, from experience, you do not want to take more than 20mg, or less. (I'm not sure what 'feeling high' means. I never felt high when I took it) She will either tell you to cut the tabs or she'll write you another script. I have always used a far lesser dose of most drugs. I've never had a doc who didn't love the fact that I could get results from halving their recommended dose. FYI I do not take a narcotic pain med. But I have in the past. My experience was taking 10mg doses with success. 40mg would have been too strong for me.
I have and my pharmacist have cut Dilauded pills for me, coated etc.
the risk is transporting cut pills in a bottle because they will turn to dust quickly.
Coatings on pills are Almost always there for a reason, most being a coating of another drug so that one Dosent hurt your digestive tract. Also used for sustained release etc.
I would check your bottle for anything other than the opioid. Your pharmacist would be an excellent help as you simply ask them the question and they say yes or no. You don’t need to tell them anything further plus no doctor informing.
Your situation right here is why people taking opioids for chronic pain get such a bad rap. You are NOT being responsible. The reason you cannot cut a 40mg coated Oxycodones in half is because they are timed release. When you cut them and take them, you will get the full dosage released all at once, which may cause a sudden overdose as it floods into your system way too quickly. I'm sorry if I sound harsh, but being irresposible with your meds like this gives responsible medicine takers a BAD NAME. Do your research ahead of deciding willy nilly just to cut them in half.
Were you only taking the 40MG once in a while? That's the only reason I can think of why the 20MG time-released Oxycontin would make you high. If anything, I would think 20MG Oxycontin wouldn't be strong enough if you were taking 4 or more of the 40MG Oxycodone daily. You may want to look at the bottles and clarify your question for us in case you mixed something up or we're not understanding something. SouthernBelle92 explained why you should NEVER cut ANY time-released medications in half. You dodged a bullet doing that. You could have easily ended up in the hospital--or worse--due to an overdose.
follow your instructions closely all of your er tablets with a coating. which are also on your script. bottle also no chewing them that's the same as cutting them in half
- OxyContin Information for Consumers
- OxyContin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of OxyContin (detailed)
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