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    Old 02-23-2004, 08:29 AM   #1
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    oxycontin and appetite

    I'm taking 40mg of oxycontin twice a day, and I have no appetite whatsoever. The odd time I feel like eating - I can only eat a few bites. Is this normal?

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    Old 02-23-2004, 11:04 AM   #2
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    Re: oxycontin and appetite

    Hmm, I'm like that too. I just thought it was from my crohns disease.
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    Old 02-23-2004, 03:01 PM   #3
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    Re: oxycontin and appetite

    Actually appetite loss is a completely normal side effect from most opiates, especially oxy. When i am hungery (which isn'y as often as it used to be) after i tike my usual dose of oxycontin, i loose my appetite, before i even have a bite, and when i do eat, i get full quicker than i used to. I think this may be why iv heroin users always look so emaciated, because they are never hungry, so they figure they don't need to eat, and instead spend all their money on heroin. However i don't think using oral opiates causes nearly as extreme of an appetite loss as does abusing IV heroin.

    Old 02-23-2004, 06:17 PM   #4
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    Re: oxycontin and appetite

    Opioids do slow down the digestive tract and can cause you to feel as if you have lost your appetite. Another reason may be due to constipation. If you are not having a regular bowel movement, then, you should be on some type of laxative. Docusate is a stool softener and senna is a stimulant. You can get both of these over the counter and some of the laxatives have both of them in it. I find this works well for me. One in the AM and one PM before bettime. Take them a good hour prior to taking your meds or 1 1/2 - 2 hours after taking meds. This will start your digestive system moving and helps me have more of an appetite. Also, you don't want to get constipated and end up in the hospital for bowl impaction. In severe constipation an Rx for Miralax, etc. can be obtained from your PM dotor, who should have instructed you in this , but,....they usually don't. The Miralax can be taken with the senna(to start things moving) and works well for me if taken only once or twice a week. Be sure to drink lots of water with these laxatives and also through out the day as opioids due dehydrate us and make the stools very hard.


    Old 02-24-2004, 02:00 PM   #5
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    Re: oxycontin and appetite

    I'm on hydrocodone and found it too is a appetitie suppressant. Speaking of constipation, a friend of mine, a fellow cp patient is experiencing extreme episodes of constipation and I think she will probably end up in the hospital soon if she can't figure out how to ease the problem somewhat. She has IBS, is taking a medication for that as well as fiber and a stool softener. She started on morphine a month or so ago with vicodan for break through pain. Her "episodes" are painful and I think she's narrowly missed an impacted bowel. Is there anything she can do differently? I've noted the senna/stool softener combo and I will suggest that she take it an hour or so before she takes her meds. What is the other med? Is it a prescription? She's trying to drink water, I suggested that she look at the IBS med and possibly that is adding to the problem? Anyone have any experience with this?

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