Originally Posted by katlin09
They always write a certain instruction on your BT med bottle, because they can't just leave it blank or put take when needed. Just because it's written that way doesn't mean your supposed to take it all day everyday. If you're having to do that to keep your pain under control, then it sounds like your LA med might need to be increased in strength.
All of our bottles have similiar instructions, my percocet says take 2 every 4 to 6 hours. But that doesn't mean my dr. wants me to take that many everyday, she'd prefer that I took as little as possible and let the LA med do the work, as that's how this system of LA and BT meds is designed.
It sounds like you might need to talk to your doc to clear up this confusion, I would almost bet the farm that he doesn't want you taking it all day everyday, as opposed to just taking it when you have a very bad pain flair.
There is no confusion between my PM Doctor and me. Iíve told him everything (in MUCH more personal detail than I have here on the boards) and this is how heís instructed me to take my medication currently. There is no confusion at all.
If I donít need it, then I wouldnít take it; however, thatís not the case currently. Weíre trying to figure out where all this pain is coming from. I hope to eventually not need this medication at all. But as of now, this is what my doctor has instructed me to do.