Originally Posted by emmie54
Oxy is stronger than Hydro, is it not?
Yes, it is. Most move to Oxy after a tolerance to Hydro.
I know you can develop tolerance to any given pain med, but can you develop a tolerance to ALL meds or is it usually just to a particular drug. In other words does switching meds "solve" the tolerance issue?
Normally, when you develop tolerance to one pain med, your overall tolerance will rise as well. Think of it as this....if you drink a lot of beer and develop a tolerance to beer, you will also have an increased tolerance to other types of alcohol, even if you've never drank those "other" types.
However, switching to different meds ("opioid rotation" is the official term) can often help. Sometimes, pain will respond to certain meds over others....Because you feel pain at the receptor sites in your brain, and certain meds appeal to certain receptor sites. Opioid rotation is a well documented theory. However, if you aren't getting the relief you need, then you probably need to move in a different direction. Normally, opioid rotation isn't employed until you've moved way up the ladder. A certain degree of tolerance is inevitable, and should be expected.
I may be having Tarsal Tunnel release surgery and need to have post op meds that will work. I have taken Percocet post op in the past and it worked pretty well. If I have developed a tolerance for Hydro will that carry over to Oxy since they are both "codone"?
Not necessarily....Because Oxycodone is quite a bit stronger than Hydrocodone. However, if you've been taking Hydro for a while now, the Oxy may be less effective than otherwise, but still work. Also keep in mind that there are a vast array of other meds that your Doc can use for post op pain, including stronger versions of Oxy. Percocet is the lowest end of the Oxycodone family.
Hope this helps. Take care, and good luck.