What exactly is this im taking?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Elobet, Dec 19, 2002.

  1. Elobet

    Elobet New Member

    Hey all,
    I went to my new Pain management Dr. yesterday and she gave me Duragesic patch (25) and today i had a massive headache so she had me come back in and she gave me a script for Oxycodone 5mg, 2 pills every 6 hrs. I have looked it up on a few websites and it seems as tho its the same as oxycontin but I thought Oxycontin were time released. Is this the same thing? These are tiny white pills. Thanks for any help :)

    P.s. Just wanted to share that I finally found a dr. that seems to actually BELIEVE me and made me feel so good because the last lady i saw, as some of you may remember, was quite unfriendly and NOT helpful. Before I felt as though I may as well not of even been diagnosed with anything because of the skepticism. Hopefully things will be looking up now!
  2. Shirl

    Shirl New Member

    I am not familiar with Oxycodone, so I found this at Medscape, hope this helps you some. From what I understand they are both the same drug.

    There is some serious information on the above site, just add .com and you can go read for yourself.

    This is the patient handout, but there is some really techinical stuff there too.

    Hope this helps till others can share with you.

    Shalom, Shirl
    ____________________________________________________________
    OXYCODONE HCL ORAL
    Patient Handout


    OXYCODONE SUSTAINED ACTION - ORAL

    The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

    Common Brand Name(s):
    Oxycontin


    Warning
    Oxycodone is a narcotic pain reliever similar to morphine. It can be abused just as morphine can be abused. Sharing or misusing this drug is against the law. Oxycodone is indicated for the treatment of moderate or severe chronic pain. It is used on a regular basis, not just "as needed". The 80 and 160 mg tablets are reserved for those who are now taking moderate-to-large amounts of a potent narcotic (e.g., morphine). Use of these high strength tablets by someone who is not regularly taking narcotic medication can cause shallow, very slow breathing, which can be fatal. Swallow tablets whole. Tablets which are crushed or chewed can release dangerous amounts of oxycontin into your bloodstream.

    Uses
    This drug is used to relieve moderate-to-severe chronic pain. It is very beneficial for pain relief (e.g., cancer pain). Oxycontin is not used "as needed" for acute pain, nor is it indicated for acute pain after surgery.



    How to Take this Medication
    Take by mouth exactly as directed by your doctor. Take with food or milk to minimize or prevent stomach upset. Swallow tablet(s) whole. Do not crush or chew them. This drug is usually taken every 12 hours (2 times daily). Do not increase your dose, take it more frequently or use it for a longer period of time than prescribed because this drug can be habit-forming. Also, if used for an extended period of time, do not suddenly stop using this drug without your doctor's approval. Over time, this drug may not work as well as it did at the beginning. Consult your doctor if this medication isn't relieving the pain sufficiently.



    Side Effects
    May cause constipation, lightheadedness, stomach upset, dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, and flushing. If these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor. Notify your doctor if you develop: irregular heartbeat, anxiety, tremors, seizures. In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek medical attention immediately. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.



    Precautions
    Before using this drug, tell your doctor your medical history, especially: severe diarrhea, stomach or intestinal disorders, breathing problems, kidney or liver disease, history of alcohol use, drug dependence, any allergies. Alcoholic beverages may increase the effects of this drug causing dizziness or lightheadedness. Limit alcohol intake. Use caution engaging in activities requiring alertness such as driving. Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to the effects of this drug. The medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Oxycodone is excreted into breast milk. Though, to date, problems have not been reported in nursing infants, consult your doctor before breast-feeding.



    Interactions
    Before using this drug, tell your doctor of all the medications you may use, both prescription and nonprescription, especially: cimetidine, alcohol use. Tell your doctor if you take drugs that cause drowsiness such as: medicine for sleep, sedatives, tranquilizers, anti-anxiety drugs (e.g., diazepam), other narcotic pain relievers (e.g., codeine), psychiatric medicines (e.g., phenothiazines or tricyclics), anti-seizure drugs (e.g., carbamazepine), muscle relaxants, antihistamines that cause drowsiness (e.g., diphenhydramine). Many cough-and-cold preparations contain ingredients that may add to the drowsiness effects of oxycodone. Consult your doctor or pharmacist before using any such medications. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.



    Overdose
    If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include cold and clammy skin, low body temperature, slowed breathing, slowed heartbeat, drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, deep sleep, and loss of consciousness.

    Notes
    Do not share this medication with others. It is against the law.

    Missed Dose
    If you should miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered unless it is almost time for the next dose. If it is nearly time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose.

    Storage
    Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (between 15 and 30 degrees C) away from moisture and sunlight. Do not store in the bathroom.


  3. Elobet

    Elobet New Member

    For your reply! That was helpful. The thought of taking that was kinda scary due to all the media hype I guess. Its kinda strong but ok so far to help the pain. I still wanna try other things as I said before like maybe acupuncture so i dont have to rely on pills forever. Take care ~ Elobet :)