she is taking 2 of the 15 mg. pills every 4 hrs. She had back surgery in August of 2012 when she was sent home with narcotic pain meds. She has been taking them since, gradually getting stronger to this point. What can be done ? She is 75 yrs. old with no past drug abuse history.
Oxycodone is not the evil med the media would have you believe. People with legitimate pain deserve to have it relieved. Oxycodone does a good job of this. The body gets used to it and then the dose has to be increased. This is the usual pattern. Yes oxycodone kills people. The stupid ones who crush it and use it in ways not prescribed. As long as she is not taking more then prescribed she is ok. At 75 she deserves to be comfortable.
I agree with the second post. People,myself included with chronic pain need these strong meds & people who do abuse them make it hard for legitimate people to get them. In WI they snuck this prescription drug monitoring program in with out any say from the public & now a prescription for Dilaudid I've been getting for over 8 years is now become a hassle to fill & Walgreens refused to fill it because my doctor would not agree to "wean" me down which she would never do because I've had two C-1 to C-2 vertebrae fussions and the pain isn't going to get better. It's a joke that these pharmacist are acting like doctors.
As for your aunt if she's been taking them for a long time she would need to up the dosage because of a tolerance she's built to the drug,my grandmother was a nurse and was strongly opposed to narcotic pain meds until she really needed them & now keep her from being in constant pain. I think your aunt is in the same category,but I did read that abuse of narcotic pain medication was on the rise among older adults so it might be something you might want to watch but be considerate of the pain she is in. Good luck.
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