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Today I was prescriped OxyContin by my doctor after having some bad problems with the Vicoprofen and Lortab I was originally prescribed. My doctor, just as Shorline had mentioned, told me that this medicine would be better for me since there would be no Liver problems from the Tylenol and no GI problems from the Ibuprofen.

However I have never taken this medicine before, and from what Ive read, it seems like a pretty strong painkiller. Ive read all of the warnings, and talked to the pharmacist. Yet Im still sort of wondering before I start taking it tomorrow, will this medicine cause nausea, lightheadedness, etc? Will I be okay to drive on it? How does it compare to the Lortab and Vicoprofen I was taking previously? Is it truly effective for the whole 12 hours it claims?? That almost doesnt seem possible, compared to how the Hydrocodone medicines worked. Thank you for your help and information!!

BTW--the pill description says OxyContin 10mg Tablet SA - Purdue Pharma L, in case that helps. Thanks again!
Quote from Phlox:
Today I was prescriped OxyContin by my doctor after having some bad problems with the Vicoprofen and Lortab I was originally prescribed. My doctor, just as Shorline had mentioned, told me that this medicine would be better for me since there would be no Liver problems from the Tylenol and no GI problems from the Ibuprofen.

However I have never taken this medicine before, and from what Ive read, it seems like a pretty strong painkiller. Ive read all of the warnings, and talked to the pharmacist. Yet Im still sort of wondering before I start taking it tomorrow, will this medicine cause nausea, lightheadedness, etc? Will I be okay to drive on it? How does it compare to the Lortab and Vicoprofen I was taking previously? Is it truly effective for the whole 12 hours it claims?? That almost doesnt seem possible, compared to how the Hydrocodone medicines worked. Thank you for your help and information!!

BTW--the pill description says OxyContin 10mg Tablet SA - Purdue Pharma L, in case that helps. Thanks again!


Hi there Phlox,
I certainly know what you are going through. I myself have disc degeneration, and scoliosis, and a slipped disc that's out constantly. The Docs put me on first on 10mg. of Oxycontin and will tell you right now it DOES NOT last a near 12 hours, I would say with everyone it is different. But I know the majority of people that I talk to with chronic pain have stopped taking that medication. For one it is suppose to be addictive, but I know some people will argue with me one that on, they actually call it Hillbilly Heroin!! Not a good thing to be taking. I have never taking Lortab or Vicoprofen as I live in Canada and it is not available here. Right now I am on the Duragesic Patch. I started out on the 25mc, now I am on the 50mc. But I really must say one thing about them they really do help with the pain. THe ony reason I want to go back down is because they are sometimes making me drowsy. But as far as I am concerned that's the least of my problems when I am in so much pain. I really hope that you find something that helps you, and please get back to me and let me know how you are doing. Take good care of yourself!!Bye for now :angel:
Marg
Dave & Ken---Thank you so much for your posts, they really helped me! I think youre right, I was a little too apprehensive about it. Just the mention of morphine kind of made me feel weird about it, but after reading your posts Im going to give it a fair shake.

If the pain relief doesnt last long enough, I will have to talk to my doctor, but hopefully it is b/c their office is on vacation until the following week. I dont want to have to call whoever their replacement is, for the reasons alot of ppl mention in here---the attitude of some doctors towards narcotics in general. Besides, I wouldnt want to have to go thru all the backstory just to tell him this doesnt last long enough, so Im going to see how it works out for the next few days to give my body time to adjust to it.

But the main thing is I dont feel afraid of it anymore, for which I thank you both VERY MUCH for the insight!!! At first I was afraid to even try it, but now I know its the lowest dose possible so even if the symptoms affect me, I can bear in mind that Im FINE, thanks to you.

And one last question, which I would ask my doctor but yesterday they left for vacation, so Ill ask you two since you are obviously in the know!! From what you wrote, this is the lowest dose (10mg OxyContin), and sometimes doesnt even provide the pain relief of the med's I was on before. So if by the 8th or 9th hour I am having pain again, is it ok to take another pill? So at the most I would be taking one every 8-9 hours, but nothing less than then? Other than what Ive mentioned about being afraid of it in the first place, my other fear would be that I would be stuck on this and it doesnt work. I didnt really like the idea of trying a new medicine while my regular office was gone, but they were just kind of like "youll be fine." Im hoping to just avoid the situation altogether and it works for me, but with my tolerance to the other meds I was on (VicoProfen, Lortab) taken into account, and Daves comparison of the OC to the Norco, Im a little afraid Ill run into what others mentioned about it not working the full 12 hours. I am supposed to take it twice a day, every twelve hours, but would every 8-9 be ok if it doesnt last the full 12? Or I also still have some Vicoprofen left over that I could take until its time to take the next OC, if you think that would be better? Just trying to get an idea of how to deal with the situation if it comes up, until I can talk to my doctor.

Hopefully it wont be an issue, but if it is, thank you for all of the advice! Thank you again for your excellent replies, I really do appreciate it!! Often I find that I learn more here than I do at my doctors office or the pharmacy, since they always just give you the short answers. Take Care and thanks again!