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    Old 10-06-2005, 03:06 PM   #1
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    slow release oxycontin

    Hi

    I am curious can you cut slow release oxycontin in half. I was under the impression that you couldnt as it is a slow release medication.
    It would be good to know as you reduce meds as one pill i sa huge step the lower you go

    Debs

     
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    Old 10-06-2005, 03:15 PM   #2
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    Re: slow release oxycontin

    Hi Debs: No, you can not cut or break Oxycontin (slow release) or you destroy the time release of the drug. If you are tapering on your medication, you need to get a lower dose script from your doctor. I'm not sure on the generics, but brand Oxy comes in 10, 20, 40, 80, and 160 mg. So if you are on 40's or 80's, you can ask your doc for some 10's or 20's to use to decrease your intake.

     
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    Re: slow release oxycontin

    Hey DEbs, How you feeling tommorow. It's strange when you think about the time zones and how it can be saturday there and friday here.

    Director is absolutely right about cutting an LA med and those decrease don't have to be so large using the right combination of the sizes available. A 50% decrease is too much at one time, most docs stick to 25% unles they are really knowledgable and then will go slower and develop a more precise taper.

    Hope your feeling better and can stay out of the ER, Ugh
    Take care, Dave

     
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    Re: slow release oxycontin

    Just a quick question....I thought they d/c Oxy 160 mg??

     
    Old 10-07-2005, 11:05 AM   #5
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    Re: slow release oxycontin

    Hey Queen: You're right, they did pull the 160 mg. Oxycontin from the market, but it's now available again. Purdue's site has all the warnings about the 80 and 160 mg Oxy should only be used with opiate tolerant patients.
    http://www.fda.gov/cder/foi/label/2001/20553s022lbl.htm is one site you can look at and this is another: http://www.fda.gov/cder/approval/o.htm.

     
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