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Morning Pepper,

As I think you may already know, I have had a recent increase in my Oxycontin too. I've gone fro 20mg 3x/day to 20mg 4x/day. My doc Rx's in all 10mg tabs as well and has written the script to say 30mg a.m., 20mg mid-day, and 30 mg p.m. but told me right from the start that I could work out the best schedule for me, just like your doc.

I did try the 30, 20, 30 but it just didn't seem like the meds were lasting 8 hours, so I tried 20mg 4x/day and it is working quite well. It did take me about 3 or 4 weeks to start feeling consistant pain coverage, so I think, at least for me, it does take a little time to build up a new BPL.

I would say that even though you are less nauseated, etc in the a.m., a bump up to 80mg overall would put you in just about the right place and hopefully eliminate the am issues altogether. If I remember correctly, your doc didn't sound like he would have a problem tweaking your dose, so if it were me, I would go in that direction at the next appointment. My "rough" schedule is 8:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m.

Also, my doc changed my BT meds from 7.5/500 Vicodin to 10/325 Norco. He kept the daily max at 6, but I have gone from needing 6 of the Vicodin to usually only 3 of the Norco. There have been some days when I have been more active and needed 4 Norco, but it has really only been 2 or 3 days over the last 6 weeks. The true test will be when we go to Maine next month.

Hope this was helpful. I am sure you will be able to get to a place where you are able to achieve a steady 4 or 5 most days. Sounds like you are heading in that direction already. Take care hon, and let us know how it all turns out. Many hugs, CMP/MM