I have been taking norco 10/325 for the past five years up to three times a day if necessary along with Tramadol 2 pills up to 4 times a day. This combination worked very well. Now my pain management doctor wants to switch me to opana ER and opana. I don't know why we have to fix what is not broken. She claims that opana doesn't give you the "euphoric" feeling that apparently Norco does. I have never gotten a euphoric feeling from Norco, just wonderful pain relieve. Does anyone know about this?
I was taking hydrocodone 10 mg for 4 years and somas and was switched to opana er 20 mg this last year and it along with oxycodone seems to work better for me than what I was on. Pain is more tolerable with opana. As far as euphoric I just don't know what that is Ive been in so much pain. And whats wrong with medicine if it makes life more tolerable. Isn't that what its supposed to do? Let me see the Dr that talks about euphoria face the rest of there lives in saw off the foot pain. Sorry I got carried away. I slipped on my front steps yesterday and bounced down the steps on my back. I have neck and back problems and I feel certain things getting slowly worse as a result. Was in the er for a few hours and they say I have good bones nothing broken. So yes opana is better than just that norco plus norco has tylenol and that is toxic for your liver over long periods over 2500 mgs a day.
I never had Opana. But I think it causes just as much of a physical dependence as any other opiates do. Which means you'll have withdrawal symptoms when you stop it.
And some docs don't know this, but Tramadol also causes physical dependence, and some people say it's harder to quit Tramadol than other opiates. A lot of these docs aren't as smart as you would think.
First let me explain that Norco is hydrocodone with acetaminophen while Opana is oxymorphone, a much stronger opiate. Both the Norco and the Opana will cause withdrawal if stopped abruptly. As far as the high you might get, as long as you are taking as prescribed for pain, not likely on either. The advantages of the Opana ER over the Norco is that the Opana ER is extended release and a much stronger pain reliever. In my opinion jumping to Opana from Norco is a bit much as there are other medications to try such as Avinza or Oxycontin before bringing out the big guns . But like you said why fix what ain't broken.
The amount of tramadol you are taking should not be stopped suddendly as it can cause seizures. Just want you to be aware of that you need to taper down on this drug. I am surprised that your doc doesn't know this too. But then a lot of them don't. Good luck to you & have a Happy Holiday...
Hi Monte - I am in complete agreement with my friends above. Opana is a really strong pain med and I am surprised that your doctor is jumping from Norco to Opana. I was just switched from Oxycontin to Fentanyl patches but it has been a good change for me. Like Mary said be careful about the Tramadol. Maybe you should ask your doc about that. Anyway sweetie I wish you all the best. Keep posting. This is a wonderful forum with lots of loving knowledgable people. I have found great friends here!! Have a very Merry Christmas and try not to worry about it too much. I know, easy for me to say. Best wishes. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
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