With The Oxycodone Shortage, What Are The Alternatives (Without Adding Tylonal To The Medication)

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With The Oxycodone Shortage, What Are The Alternatives (Without Adding Tylonal To The Medication)

I have cronic pain from cervical spinal stanosis, osteoporosis fractures (pelvis, sacrum, vertabrae, etc.), arthritis and muscle pain. I have been on 10 mg of oxycodone for 2 years now (having come down from 40 mg per day). I have tried celebrex, etc., with no relief. Any suggestions for an alternative medication?

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Many alternatives to oxycodone tablets exist that do not contain APAP (Tylenol, acetominaphen). There is a oxydone product that is not in short supply: OxyFast (liquid oxycodone). The liquid is not as convienent as a pill, but it works very well. Other alternatives include different opioid family members like immediate release morphine, oxymorphone, and hydromorphone. Tramadol is also a very good pain medication that is worth a try. Even converting to Suboxone is an alternative. Work with your prescribing doctor because there are options. No need to be stuck in a rut. No need to panic. Changing medications doesn't have to be scary. You just might find something that works even better than oxycodone.

Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

Answered by Christina Lasich, MD