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Thursday, July 17, 2008 Fort Worth, Community Member, asks

Q: What is the next med when OxyContin 30 x 3/day doesn't work?

I currently take OcyContin (30mg), three times per day (was 2/day).  It is not working.  There is some relief ... but, not even close.  Prior, I was on Hydrocodone 10/500 x 4/day.  The doctor indicates that if the OxyContin doesn't work, he will have to put me on some other medication.  My question is ... geez ... if Oxy doesn't work, is there really something stronger ... or different enough to make an impact?

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C Pope, Community Member
7/17/08 5:55pm

I was prescribed Oxycontin for chronic pain and found that I still had the pain but just didn't care about it as much. Needless to say, that wasn't really the  kind of help I was looking for when I saw my M.D. So, I went to see a D.O. instead. He found that my sever chronic pain was due to nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy). Oxycontin doesn't help that kind of pain.

 

I'm not certain what kind of pain you are experiencing or the location of the pain, but it could be that they are treating you for the wrong "kind" of pain. Just a thought . . .

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Slamthedoar, Community Member
4/11/10 4:14pm

I think it's called Heroin! lol, no but seriously the do have other kinds of pain meds,  I am curently on 40mg Oxy's 2/per day,  i have tried everything before this,, opana er 5mg (and 7.5mg) MS contin10mg to 30mg, Loritab10/500, tylox.   But oxy seems to be the best for me to manage my pain, i know its never going to go away, but i think it helps better than anything else.  Thanks    Chris

 

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csteinebc, Community Member
11/ 8/10 8:35am

I'm having this exact same problem. I'm currently taking 30 mg of oxycontin 3 x a day and was taking a special blended hydrocodone 20/80 that was an extended release made by a compound pharmacy.  It was nice because the tylenol was almost nil in this med but it quit working. The doctor switched me to the Oxy a week ago but it isnt' working even though technically it is more medicene than I was taking before. Did you have any resolution to this?  I know this was a couple years ago and I'm very interested in the path you took after this?

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Helen39, Community Member
11/ 8/10 5:57pm

When oxycontin stopped working for me I was put on morphine in the form of msContin, 9 months on and it is working well.

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csteinebc, Community Member
11/ 9/10 8:56am

Thank you very much for your help!  I know what to ask for if this still isn't working after this month. I called yesterday and told them it still wasn't working and the nurse said I need to give it at least 2 weeks.  I couldn't find anywhere on the internet how long it takes oxy to start working when a person switches to this drug.  I guess I just need to be more patient.... :-)  That is hard to do when the pain kicks in. :-)

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Helen39, Community Member
11/ 9/10 3:35pm

2 weeks? No wonder you're at a loss. Oxycontin is slow release but not 2 weeks. You should have relief after the capsule within the hour. Then it should last for hours. You shouldn't have to be the person to tell the Dr. what you need. That is his job and there are a few drugs he could try if oxycontin doesn't work for you. The earlier message about drugs for neuropathic pain is helpful too. Lyrica or the older drug Neurontin work for a lot of people too. I took Neurontin with Oxycontin before I was put on morphine.

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csteinebc, Community Member
11/ 9/10 3:54pm

I've tried Neurontin and Lyrica both.  They help the fibro but not the pain from the misaligned discs in my back and unfortunately I can't seem to tolerate the side effects of those drugs.  :-( 

Thank you very much, you have been very helpful.  I will try it for a little while longer and then talk directly to the doctor about it.  The problem lies in calling and talking to the nurses, my pain doc is much more receptive.  I think the nurses spend a lot of time fending off the drug addicts for the doctors that they start suspecting everyone. :-)

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