User Reviews for Avinza to treat Pain
Avinza has an average rating of 8.4 out of 10 from a total of 27 ratings for the treatment of Pain. 85% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 4% reported a negative experience.
Reviews for Avinza
"I've been taking Avinza for a few years and it has changed my life. I have chronic back pain and have had 1 unsuccessful surgery. I will not go through that again just to be disappointed. I started with a dose of 120 mg and have been able to reduce that to only 30 mg over the past 18 months. I added in a regular visit to a chiropractor and had acupuncture. All together these things have made my quality of life so much better. Soon I hope to be off of it totally."
"I been on Avinza for about 3-4 months now and it's the only thing makes the pain bearable. I have had 2 neck surgeries and the last one left me with some right side weakness and partial paralysis. The only drawback I find with the Avinza is the constipation but the MiraLax has taken care of that. I almost feel like a real person again."
"I found out about 3 years ago that I had systemic lupus,and it hit me like a brick wall. Besides my joints and muscles hurting, my immune system attacked my blood vessels causing my blood pressure to be uncontrollably high. The Avinza helped bring the blood pressure down as a natural side effect, and has help to manage the pain in the rest of my body. I am currently taking 120 mgs slow release daily, but still have some pain. I would not have been able to function without the morphine. Aside from the pain in general, my blood pressure was never out of the "stroke and heart attack" zone with regular hypertension drugs. The worse side effects are nausea and constipation."
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"I have been suffering headaches for three years now. I have been told it is originating from my neck. Arthritis bone spurs and a nerve irritation. I would only need arthritis pain medicines but am allergic to NSAIDS. Tried Tylenol 3 hydrocodone etc. Have have an RFA and injected pain medicines, not much help. Finally put on Avinza 90mg and am happy with results. After three months on Avinza life is much better. I also take Percocet 10/325 for breakthrough pain, but am able to tolerate and work and most of all play golf again. No problem with the constipation as I drink lots of water all day. Love this drug. If you don't already know Avinza offers a discount coupon. New coupon due out in January to help pay. Cut my out of pocket expence by 90%. I pay $17.00."
"I never heard of this medicine. After being on every pain medicine (I thought) out there and still in horrid pain, I was about to give up, I couldn't live with the pain. I saw a new PM and he got me off my high dose of Oxycontin which did nothing for me along with Dilaudid and Roxicodone and put me on 240 once a day with 30 MSIR at 4 hrs. The MSIR does not help, I have to get something else, and the 240 has done things nothing ever has before. I can walk again, have some quality of my life back, not stoned feeling, it's amazing. I still have pain, I need to get my dosage adjusted. This is by far a miracle for me and my family. I don't sleep with a foot massager."
"Due to heart condition my orthopedic surgeon will not perform surgery on my herniated disk on my neck or back. After being sent to the pain clinic for review I was started on Avinza for pain relief. This medication was a GOD SEND for me, it helped reduce the pain to a tolerable level and I was able to resume life. I am able to go out more, work in the yard and garden and resume my photography and wood working. I was started on Avinza 60mg daily, this was just not quite enough and was changed to 90mg with 30mg MSIR 4 to 6 hours PRN, it was found that this compination worked well. Some days I used the MSIR every 4 to 6 hours and other days I may only use the MSIR once a day. Start LOW and See what you need!"
"I was on Avinza for about 6 years for chronic pain and so far it has been the best medication that I have ever been prescribed. Unfortunately I have had to switch medicines due to the cost of them. I have still been unable to find a medicine that works as well with my pain. I can manage the pain with MS Contin but I have to take more pills a day than with the Avinza. So anybody out there that truly needs to find some relief, my advice is to try it if you can afford it."
"I have had chronic pancreatitis for 6 years and have to be careful about taking pain medicines because I'm a recovering alcoholic. In fact have to be careful about taking anything at all. But I was living in pain regularly and needed something for the chronic abdominal pain and the medicines given were a slippery slope for me. I was referred to a pain clinic where they set me up with Avinza. It has been a true blessing! I have no euphoria, drugged feeling, cravings or any problems or side effects with Avinza. It takes care of the pain for the full 24 hours, and I do have Percocet as needed for breakthrough. I have been on the regimen for several years now and have not had to increase the dose. It has given me my quality of life back."
"I have had chronic pain since 2006. At that time I also had back surgery with bone grafts put into my spine. The surgery was not successful and since then I have also been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Since using Avinza, the pain has decreased to the point that I can function on a limited basis. The pain is always present, just not as bad as it was. I also take Vicodin every 4-6 hours and the combination of the 2 seems to help. I am glad to know (not happy when anyone has pain) that there are others out there that experience pain the way I do. Sometimes, it feels like I am the only one and that is a very lonely feeling. But with the help of medications like Avinza, I can at least have times when the pain is bearable."
"The medication was far superior and hopefully safer than using Percocet. The issue is continuous relief for several torn/ruptured discs. Surgical intervention is not guaranteed to resolve my problem. Pain level is 5-6 continuous and takes over your life. So what to do. Many personal issues to consider but in the end I realized that until a solution if found I don't have a lot of options here. Went to a shrink and others and finally accepted status at this time. Never drink, take as directed, and trust yourself. Never, never, fall into the trap of changing the dosing from the prescribed format."
"I have a fused 5th lumbar with a bone insert and two shoulder replacements that cause constant pain. Avinza has proven to be far superior to other drugs for constant pain relief. Hydrocodone and Oxycodone preparations use to wear off after 4 hours with terrible withdrawl symptoms and cause mood changes. Avinza, although gastly expensive, provides pain management without feeling drugged at all. I am able to play tennis and stay active because of this drug and it's taken once a day instead of every 4 hours. A life saver."
"I was diagnosed with a rare form of Lupus (as a teen) 24 years ago, 6years later with Raynauds and fibromyalgia. Over the years, I have tried many pain medicines, some have helped and some haven't, but most have had multiple side effects and/or interactions with my other necessary medicines. In 2004 I was in the hospital while I was out of remission and I had a slip and fall, this accident resulted in three herniated discs. Since then I've been taking Avinza 120mg, with Vicodin 10/650 for breakthrough pain and I can honestly say, this is the best pain coverage I've had in 24 years with only 1 side effect.... constipation, which Miralax takes care of."
"Have been taking Avinza 2x30 mg/day for 12 months. Pain is better controlled (normal is 3-5; oxy was 5-7). Still constipated, but fixable with Metamucil. Can safely pay bills and drive. Wonder drug for me. No craving, either."
"After a diagnosis of Stage IIIA Breast Cancer, 2 separate modified radical surgeries with lymph node removal and chemotherapy, I was then put on Arimidex. Had major joint pain, body aching, nauseous and anxiety, to name a few. I tried NSAIDs and many narcotic medications without success. Eventually, I was put on AVINZA three years ago. FINALLY RELIEF! I have no side effects from AVINZA. I take a capsule every 12 hours. The dosage has been varied but little else is required for breakthrough. I don't know what is different about this narcotic but thankfully, it works for me."
"I have been on Avinza for about the last 7 years. Avinza changed my ability to spend time with and enjoy my family and friends with a bit of help from Roxicodone (oxycodone) 15mg up to 10 a day. I have taken Avinza at 60mg all the way up to 240mg per things. I have had a cervical fusion and bilateral shoulder problems and surgeries."
"After a chainsaw accident in 2001. Where I ran the saw under my knee cap down into the joint. I was left with a permanent limp. Which in turn went into my back. I have tried all kinds of pain medicines. Kadian, Percocet, Hydro's you name it. The doctor put me on 120 Avinza. After finding the right dose. I can finally live with what pain I have. I love this medication."
"I fractured and hemorrhaged my neck in 2001 at the age of 12. I've been on and off all kinds of narcotics and was recently introduced to Avinza. This stuff is awesome! Even at the low 30mg dose I feel much better but I still keep my Norco around for break through pain when needed. I recommend this medicine to anyone dealing with chronic pain."
"I have had 7 surgeries, 5 lower back, 2 neck fusions and still have 5 herniated discs in my thoracic spine. Avinza with 10/325 has been a Godsend. I also have muscle spasm throughout my back at all times. I have been taking 120mg every 12 hours with the Percocet for breakthrough pain. Add muscle relaxers and I still had pain but could function. My biggest problem was my last surgery the hospital didn't have any so they had to work out an equal dosage of Dilaudid. It worked but I was far better with my Avinza. I only wish the hospital would allow you to bring your own, they can administer it. "
"I was started on Avinza after back surgery. It took a bit to get an effective dose as I had back pain of 8 on a 1-10 scale, constantly. Since finding the correct dose for me, my doctor has only had to increase the Avinza once. I also take Lortab 10/500 on the average of once a day for breakthrough pain. This keeps the pain under control and I can work still. If it weren't for this drug, I would not be able to move without excruciating pain."
"My entire spine was destroyed in a car accident 26 years ago, and I developed MPS. 3 years ago I broke my neck during a seizure, causing additional pain. Avinza has done the best at controlling my pain; but while on Kadian I was titrated from 120mg to 60mg by doctors who didn't believe I was really in pain. Now that they have MRI's of the damage suffered 26 years ago that has degenerated over the years, they believe me and will finally titrate me up to 90mg of Avinza, which is a wonder for me. I also use several other means to control the pain, such as diversion, a spa, exercise, and relaxation response."
"I had NO pain control on this medication, but from reading the other posts, I was not given a chance at it. My MD tried one small dose and NOTHING for breakthrough pain. It seems that if he'd adjusted it and given me something for break through pain maybe I would have had a good outcome, too. Sadly, I have no health insurance now and it's too expensive, so maybe he did me a favor. It would've been brutal to finally have a medicine work and it be too expensive to buy."
"In 2004 I was diagnosed with Adult Onset Still's Disease, then in 2006 my pain shot up and was uncontrolled with just Percocet 10/325mg every 6 hours. The doctor decided to put me on this and it has been a God send for me as well. Although I am unable to work due to the fact the employers view this as a drug in a drug free workplace. But I am well maintained and will continue to take it. We tried last fall to up it to 60mg and it was too sedating and caused my migraines to flare. Other than that the side effects have been constipation."
"So far the best medication for keeping constant level of analgesic in blood circulation system for continuos periods of time with once in 24 hours single dose for conditions of chronic pain."
"So much better than Oxycontin for osteoarthritis in my S.I. joint (cocyx/pelvis). Less constipation, better for driving, doesn't impair judgement... 30-60mg/day, compared to 60 Oxycontin."
"This is a good long term drug for the management of chronic pain but its effectiveness fades over time and you have to increase the dose in order to maintain the same effectiveness. "
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