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Old 04-01-2011, 07:29 PM   #1
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New meds

doc just changed my meds from 5 30 mg oxicontins daily to 2 20 mg opana er per day. not covering pain. any suggestions?

 
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Re: New meds

hi iam prescribed opana too 40mg twice day-and 10mg oxymorphone-generic ir opana-and pain is way down and it hasnt been this good for me in months-i havnt noticed any bad side effects either-just hope it will keep pain down and give me a much needed break!
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Re: New meds

Opana ER can be fussy. Many complaints when it isn't working, and true believers when it is.....

1) Opana seems less effective after Oxy or Morphine due to Oxymorphone working on a more select group of receptors.

2) Take with food, Fish Oil, and/or Hydroxyzine.

3) If you are prescribed TID or QID consider IR Generic version which will give more immediate results.

4) Hang in there..... Increase dose if no relief in 2 weeks.


 
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Re: New meds

40 mgs of opana a day is no match in pain coverage to 150 Mgs of oxycontin a day. I am really hurting after 5 days since the change.
I think at least 30 mgs of opana 2 times a day, although no way it lasts 12 hours, or better yet 30 mgs every 8 hrs.
I have a call in to doc, wanted to try but tired of very low pain coverage. I hope to go back to oxy.

 
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Re: New meds

The problem with Opana is that it's the latest "wonder drug" and the drug manufacturer is pushing it like crazy. Tramadol is another example of a drug that was touted as being just as efffective for severe pain as opioids, and the company reps were handing out samples like they were candy. The problem with many doctors is that they are fickle. Meaning they don't stay loyal to a drug that has a lengthy history of providing effective relief. I deal with frequent severe migraines and have chronic facial pain. I had a doctor tell me that neurontin worked for EVERYBODY. Nothing works for everybody, and it didn't work for me. Fortunately my doctor and I have an open and honest communication, and he knows I don't get relief from anything other than the fentanyl patch and some MSIR now and then for breakthrough pain. He and I agree that when any physician tells a patient that a certain drug works for everyone, it's time to find a new doctor. Even opioids don't work for everyone.

 
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