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New Drug Cocktail

sinatrafan44ssinatrafan44 Posts: 64
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:45 AM in Pain Medications
Could I please have your thoughts and or insight into my new pain meds regimen..I have just been on Gabapentin ( 2100 mg) and Oxycodone (5 mg 6-8 /day)..The doc put me on a week of prednisone, changed me to Oxycontin (20 mg) (god$$$$$), tramadol, naproxen, gabapentin (2800 mg)and oxycodone 5mg for breakthrough pain..Right now I have little or no pain, the best I have felt in 18 months,,,I guess that I am worried that the med that is helping the most is the steroid, the one drug one cannot take for long..I am also trying to get set up with a selective cervical nerve root shot...Is anyone on this much of a variety of drugs for pain...I am also on 200 mg of seritonin for depression,,,thanks for your thoughts..


  • I would reach the same conclusion that you did, that the prednisone is probably what is giving you relief. I always respond very quickly to that drug.

    I'm obviously not a pharmacist or doctor but that does sound like lots of pain relievers to me...the oxycontin and tramadol. Perhaps the doctor just wants to try the combination for a brief time to see if he can get your pain under control.

    Sorry I'm not much help. I had nerve pain that was never helped by medications so I don't have a lot of experience with various drugs.
  • I usually respond well to prednisone too, but can't take it for very long either. Of the times I've had to take it, I've usually found relief within the first 2 days. I'm currently taking 300 mg Topamax (100 3x day), 100 mg Pamelor, 150 mg Wellbutrin, 0.5 mg Xanax 3 x day (rarely), 10 mg Lortab 3 times day, 7.5 Percocet every 4 hours, Baclofen 20 mg 4 times a day, Miralax daily, and now Bactrim for 2 weeks.

    These are my post op meds and the only change from pre-op is the antibiotic and and increase in the percs from 5 to 7.5.

    My combination seems to be working for the moment. I am starting, just within the last day or so, to have more pain in the tailbone/sacral region. I'll address that next week with my PM. I'll just continue to walk, walk, walk...but my goodness it's hot! ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,868
    the prednisone is probably what is giving you the quickest relief. It is a synthetic corticosteroid drug that is used to treat a wide range of medical situations. It is a very effective anti-inflammatory medication.
    Most patients do not stay on this very long because there is a long list of varied side effects. Most of the time, patients are also titrated off of prednisone. You start with maybe 6 pills a day for x amount of time, then down to 4, for y days, then 2 for z days until you are finished.

    That along with the Oxycontin for Extended release pain control and Oxycodone for Immediate release (breakthrough pain) can be used to try to get a patient through a particular pain flare up.

    Sometimes just breaking that pain cycle can do wonders for how you may feel.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Hi Ron..thanks..It will be interesting when I start titrating down in a day or so..I'm hopping the flare has toned down, but i still think I will need the nerve root injection in 10 days...i appreciate all you do for this forum..Amy

    p.s it has been a great week without much pain, except for today..lots of humidity, storms, pressure changes..always affects me..this week has been the best for over a year..
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