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Taking Oxycontin. Is it safe to add norco once in a while

brooklynannabbrooklynanna Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:49 AM in Pain Medications

I have degenerative discs up and down, Laminectomy L1-5, and severe stenosis in various parts of back. I was just switched to oxycontin extended release 30mg. I was on 20mg of Norco every 4-6ho6 and sometimes 8 a day. I have left over norco 10/325. Is it safe to take one norco for breakthrough pain?



  • I should have said that I am on 30mg of oxy twice a day. Probablyy most of you figured that.
  • You should ask your Dr this question, esp. if you signed a contract.
  • Hi ,
    Taking your old meds while in a pain management program is probably not a good idea unless your PM doctor okays it ahead of time.
    Even when it is a previous prescription from the same doctor, you should never take it along with your medications unless you have cleared it previously with your PM doctor, otherwise you can and most probably would be dismissed from your PM doctors practice.
    Those contracts we sign usually state somewhere in there that taking any medications not currently prescribed by the doctor is a no no.
    It is much safer to call and get told no , than to take the chance of taking them and then being urine or blood tested only to be dismissed because you are caught.
    Good luck to you,
  • It is not smart to ever combine older prescriptions with current prescriptions. When your doc sets up your current meds, everything you are taking either prescribed or OTC is taken into consideration. If you add anything to that without running it past your prescribing doc, you are flirting with disaster. Not only because it would constitute a breech of contract as Robin stated, but because you could end up with a medicine cocktail that is lethal or at a minimum dangerous.

    If you feel that your current medications are not meeting your pain management needs, the best thing to do is to contact your doc and let him know.


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