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    Old 12-19-2007, 05:46 AM   #1
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    how long does it take oxycodone to kick in?

    I have notice it takes longer for the oxy to start working then the percocet. I am on the 20mg er oxycodone (generic for oxycontin 20 mg cr) on the Teva brand. I have seen the post about the generics being somewhat different. That makes me so mad, I don't want to put all this crap into my body & worry about not getting the relief I should be getting. How long does it usually take for the oxy to kick in & start to work? I realiaze it is probably different for everyone but how long does it usually last? I know it is not lasting the 12 hrs, it is hard to time this stuff just so, I take it in the evening & morning, but I have to take it right when getting out of bed or the pain will get out of control. It does not always end up at exactly 12 hrsl from the time I take it in the evening till the time I take it upon wakening. This is so frustrating. Thanks for any feedback, Sammy

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    Old 12-19-2007, 06:35 AM   #2
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    Re: how long does it take oxycodone to kick in?

    I take the same dosage every 8 hours due to the fact that it does not last 12hrs for me. I have found that it takes an hour to and hour and half for it to relieve my pain. Thats if it is even going to work at all. I personally have to stay away from the teva brand. hope it works for you and keep a journal to help your DR make that decision.

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    Re: how long does it take oxycodone to kick in?

    Hey sammy,
    It takes about an hour for me to begin feeling effects. My doctor realizes it does not last 12 hours, and prescribes it for every 8 hours.

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    Re: how long does it take oxycodone to kick in?

    hey sammy.if your oxy is not giving you the full 12 hours it states it is 'supposed to'? just tell your pain doc.most know that at best,this stuff will realistically only give anywhere from 8-10 on a really good just doesn't last 12,and i have yet to hear of anyone who has had it actually last that just doesn' soon as i told my PM that there was just no way the relief i was getting was actually lasting the 12,they didn't hesitate to drop it down to every usually have to tell them tho as they will automatically go with what the Rxing info states unless you say something.also,are you actually taking the ER or endo version?if so,try and get on another generic or even go as far as going onto the name brand(your doc just has to put that DAW on every OC rx),there is just no way in heck the endo version actually even contains the same amount of oxy as the name brand,i had a horrid time with that endo made me nauseas,a constant light headache and no real pain relief compared to what i was getting from the name brand(perdue).believe me,there ARE some very real differences in one generic to another and name brand to generic.its just the way the generics are made.

    you are also not going to actually 'feel' any real difference in your head like you did from the full release percocet,it just doesn;t work that way since it releases a little at a time due to the simple fact that in order for the actual oxy to release,little tiny beads have to dissolve within that wax matrix.there is just no way that they can all release at the exact same time,you know what i mean?so the actual onset is just a bit more subtle and ongoing,which really is the good thing about the long acting,at least what i just keeps a more steady blood plasma level and that is what gives you the best possible continuous relief.

    i would simply bring the not lasting 12 hours up to your doc,believe me,most do know about the not lasting 12 hours and would be willing to do things a bit differently,they just have to know that this is an issue for you.i mean you KNOW what you feel ya know?even asking for that DAW(dispense as written) thing really works well for me.ever since i stopped the generic endo crap and went back onto name brand only,things got much much better than they were thru the hellish time i spent on endo brand OC.there just IS a very real difference with some.i do hope you can get better relief sammy,i know your pain has been pretty nasty.even seeing about going to every eight hours(dosing three times a day) worked REALLY well for relief was not good til that was deserve notto have to suffer thru whatyou have been are also on a pretty low dose for what you have described as your pain level in other posts.

    starting oxycontin is just,at first,a matter of titrating up on it til you find a spot where you do get some knock down of your overall pain took me three months to get where i got stabilized on my actual everyday dose.just have a chat with your Rxing doc about this.i wish you luck hon.please let us know how things go,K?marcia
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    Re: how long does it take oxycodone to kick in?

    Hi Sammy.

    I also take 20 mg's of oxy twice a day.

    My doctor writes the script as:

    "Take 1 tablet twice daily."

    I think he knows oxy never works an entire 12 hours for anyone. At its best it may work for 9-10 hours. When I take it, it usually takes a good hour to kick in and relieve my pain. My doctor has told me in the past that oxy initially releases 8 mg's into your body, so that may be why it doesn't last 12 hours. It seems silly that they market it that way.

    I also take percocet for b/t pain. In the morning I take an oxy and a percocet so I can get up and moving or else I'd be stiff until noon atleast!

    I hope this helps answer any questions you had. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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    Re: how long does it take oxycodone to kick in?

    Thank for all the replies, especially this morning, Since I am having an god awful morning. Took the oxy before even getting out of bed, once I was up & moving I could feel the pain just going up, up, up, so took a percocet. After reading your resposes I understand better how the oxy works. Scrappin, thanks the info. was extremely helpful.
    Marcia, My doctor does not normally prescribe these types of meds, Listening to him talk I honestly believe he just does not feel comfortable prescribing them. I am still really surprised he has gone this far for me. I know he realizes that I am in some major pain & that is the only reason he has done so. He has gone through back surgery & pain himself & I think that has made him more understanding. I have an MRI this evening & an appointment with him monday morning I have no choice but to let him know I am not getting a whole lot of relief, he knows I have an appointment at the end of the month with a specialist so he is probably just trying to get me through.

    As far as the generics go, that has me furious! Having to suffer & being given meds that do not live up to what they are suppose to do. Then you get these pharmacists looking at you like you have a problem, give me a break. They have to know all about how these generics are. Now I am stuck with going through a month with meds that do not do their job. I am on
    *endocet 10-325 mg (percocet) mfr: Endo Pharm
    *oxycodone 20 mg ER (oxycontin 20 mg cr) mfr: Teva Pharm
    Any opinions on these particulair generics?
    I am sure these pharmacists know & I wonder if they carry more then one generic brand? If i have to continue on these meds I am switching to a pharmacy that carries the better brands, once I find out what they are (ha).
    I am done messing around, I will just go in & ask the next pharmacy & let them know If I have to take this type of meds I want something that works. Heck who wants to suffer? If they do not understand that I don't want to be in pain then they are not getting my business. There is a smaller pharmacy I have used for my daughter, it is just a pharmacy not a retail store, they seemed really nice & informative so maybe I will look into going there. I have been thinking about switching anyway, every since I have had to take all these meds, I swear I get an attitude from acouple of the pharmacists at Target. At first I thought it was my imagination but I caught two of them talking about me after picking up a script, was not hard to figure out that it was me they were dicussing. There is one pharmacist there who is really nice & helpful, I never picked up a script for vicodin after my doc decided to change my meds, she told my husband that is rare, people hardly ever refuse narcotics, but she is the only one who will go out of her way to talk to you.
    The freaking nerve of these pharmacists, especially when they are filling scripts with generics that don't work as they are suppose to.
    My sister has had to be on medication along time(bless her), she has rhuem. arthritis from head to toe & is almost crippled & she swears that the generics don't work for her, she refuses to take them, she has said why take something that does not work. So know I have to find out what are the better generics for these meds. Here goes another thread (ha).
    Thanks again, don't know what I would without you all! Sammy

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    Old 12-20-2007, 08:10 AM   #7
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    Re: how long does it take oxycodone to kick in?

    Sammy, I have not had any problem with the endocet brand. I have only used the Teva oxycontin so I have no clue.

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