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I have been precribed Oxycontin but am afraid of getting hooked. What other pain meds could I consid

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edited 06/11/2012 - 8:33 AM in Spinal Stenosis
My doctor prescribe 10 mg oxycontin to me. They don't even seem to work that well and I know they are very addicting. Is there any other pain meds I could ask for that would actually work and not be so habit forming? What medication, if any, do you take for pain?


  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    Have you tried any other meds before the oxy? There are a lot of different things you could try. I've tried mobic, arthrotec, naproxen, toradol and neurontin. Now I'm on tramadol, norflex, and flexeril. They're not working as well as they did and I may talk to my dr about a change but I just wanted to give you some examples of different things. The others on this forum take a lot of different meds and I'm sure will give you other ideas to talk to your doctor about. Good luck.

  • How long have you been on the Oxycontin? I think you are on the lowest dose that is available in US (according to the Packaging Insert I read but in Europe you can get 5mg tablets). There is an article on: http://www.spine-health.com/treatment/pain-medication/narcotic-pain-medications if you haven't seen it already. Oxycontin is classified as a narcotic and specifically mentioned in the article which states: "Addiction to narcotics is a possible, but unlikely, event" I am on the same medication but be careful with side effects. I posted one question that affected me early on http://www.spine-health.com/forum/chronic-pain/oxyconton-depression-and-diet-relationship-–-help and answers helped (and assume you have been given stool softeners).

    There was a discussion on this subject about 2 weeks ago and attach the link in case you missed it http://www.spine-health.com/forum/chronic-pain/pain-and-addiction-if-you-will

    Good luck but do not have experience with alternatives.
    Kind Regards >:D<
  • I'm taking Oxycontin too, and if you read about it you'll learn that it is a long acting medication that slowly releases a specific amount every hour in order for your pain to be better controlled and for it not to spike. That is why doctors prescribe a fast acting medication like Vicodin or Percocet for break through pain to take with the long acting form.

    Were you given a break through medicine? It's supposed to work in around half an hour and last up to 4 hours.

    I understand your worry about Oxycontin, but as long as you take it as prescribe and only for pain, the chances of addiction are very slim. This goes for all the other types of narcotic pain medication. It's normal to grow tolerant after some time and you'll find that you don't get relief like you used to. This is very common and your doctor is trained to handle this, and this does not mean you are addicted to it. I've had my medication adjusted a few times because they were no longer effective. Doctor can change the meds instead of just raising the dose too. This is why it's best to be seen by a pain specialist.

    Other alternatives to Oxycontin are MS Contin, Kadian, Avinza (morphines), Fentanyl patches, Opana, Methadone. I think you should give your current one a try before switching if you are doing okay while on it. Take care
  • "Addiction" is a word with a bad connotation. There were some posts earlier where someone talked about Addiction, Dependence, and Tolerance. When I think of addiction, I think of someone who is taking the meds to get high - not for pain and takes it because they crave it for a high. Dependence is where your body gets used to it in your system. It helps with pain but doesn't get you high, still if you were to go off them suddenly or if you have been on enough, even gradual reduction and then stopping can lead to the very unpleasant withdrawals (diarrhea, nausea, sweats, flu-like feelings). Tolerance is when you need more and more to get the same effect because your body has built up a tolerance.

    When you read about "addiction" - I think it should be said, "watch out for dependence" although addiction is possible - dependence doesn't take much! I was on 2 months of Vicodin for my fracture in my L1 and I was taking only 10 mg per day. I stopped one day and the following day I was sick - it took me 2 days to realize it was withdrawals and not a bug. I went back to taking only about 5 mg and the symptoms went away immediately. So dependence CAN happen without taking a lot or without being on it a long time and CAN cause withdrawals when you stop.

    Tolerance is something that can happen too but this will only happen if you are on it for a long time. A couple months shouldn't affect tolerance.

    But.... don't not take pain pills because you are afraid of addiction. Just know that when you go off them, go SUPER SLOW and gradually decrease over a period of time and even so, you may still get W/D's. I am expecting to get W/D's when I stop with my oxycontin but I am going to try really hard to decrease very slowly and see if I can avoid it!
  • I am clearly suffering less pain! This morning I woke up with headache but was the extent of which is less that I get if miss daily cup of coffee. The OxyContin instructions also state to reduce slowly (here in Europe you can get 5mg tablets and have kept enough so can use them for a few days with the lower dosage).

    The headaches may not even be related!!

    Best wishes >:D<
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