• cindy cindy
    October 16, 2008
    i have been on pain management for 4 years on oxycodone hcl cr 10mg bid i thought i was on perocet
    cindy cindy
    October 16, 2008

    what is the long term effects of this medication and should i ask my dr. to to change my medication to something eles thank you

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  • Karen Lee Richards
    Health Guide
    October 17, 2008
    Karen Lee Richards
    Health Guide
    October 17, 2008

    The previous answers are correct in saying that Percocet is a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen (Tylenol). For long-term use, oxycodone is better than Percocet because taking too much acetaminophen can result in liver damage.

     

    I am, however, concerned because they told you they take oxycodone more frequently than you do.  I just want to point out that they are apparently taking the immediate release form of oxycodone, which is taken more frequently.  You are taking the continuous release form, which is released slowly over a 12-hour period.  Taking the continuous release form more frequently could be very dangerous. 

     

    The studies I've seen that look at long-term use of oxycodone have not shown any significant adverse reactions other than the standard possible side effects listed with the medication.  One thing you need to be aware of concerning long term use of oxycodone or any other opioid medication, though, is that it does result in a physical dependence on the drug.  If you should decide to quit taking it, it is important that you taper off gradually under your doctor's care to avoid serious withdrawal symptoms.

     

     


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  • kmalloney October 16, 2008
    kmalloney
    October 16, 2008

    Cindy:

    Oxycodone is the generic ingredient in Percocet.  The only thing you are missing is the tylenol.  I am on 10mg Percocet (up to 6 per day), and mine contain 325mg Tylenol per tablet.  There are other 10mg Percocets that have up to 650mg Tylenol per tablet.

    Most docs will tell you that the reason they put you on straight oxycodone is to protect you against liver damage.

    Have you been on other narcotic pain meds that contained Tylenol for extended periods of time?  If you have, that could be the reason why the doc has you on straight Oxycodone.

    Hope this helps.

    Kim

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  • Always_in_pain October 16, 2008
    Always_in_pain
    October 16, 2008

    oxycodone is percocet but with out the tylenol so all your getting is just the narcotic , maybe 10 mg 2 times a day is not enough, i take oxycodone hcl 30mg every 4 hrs and it doest seem like its enought to stop my pain . i would talk to your doctor about increaseing your meds .

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