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Can I take one extra Oxycontin if my usual dose isn't helping my pain???

hgk30hhgk30 Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:51 AM in Pain Medications
I am prescribed a dosage of (2) 10mg Oxycontin every 12 hours for severe back problems. I am also prescribed (1) 10mg Norco for BT pain. The Norco no longer helps and my back is hurting very badly. I just took my dosage of the (2)10mg Oxys. Its been an hour and NO relief. Can I take one more safely?


  • The only answer that anyone here would give you is to call your doctor. He is the only one who can tell you what to do.

    Have you tried heat or ice? Sometimes we forget to go back to basics when the pain spikes.
  • I take oxycontin and it takes more than an hour to work for me. I find that the most relief I get from it is at about the 4 hour mark.

    As the other poster suggested you would do best to talk to your doctor first. Always take the pills as prescribed or your doctor will not trust you and taking more than prescribed could be unsafe even if it doesn't feel like it's working.

    I have read stories from others who take oxycontin, and believe it to be true from personal experience, that the change in formulation with Oxycontin to tamper proof, has made the pills inconsistent in the amount of relief from one pill to the next. The trails that were done by the the FDA with the new oxycontin also shows this to be true. So you could take another one and have way too much in your system.

    Something that does help make my pain medication work better is to eat more protein! A pain management specialist suggested this and it really does help. Since I'm not always very hungry I bought an amino acid complex called Complete Protein, and take a tablet with a small meal. I can't express how much better it makes pain medicine work.

    I too also use a lot of ice and heat. Those nice soft gel ice packs are much more comfortable than a bag of ice. Also a heat pad that gives off moist heat is a god send. They cost more but it's worth it. This isn't the kind you plug into an electrical outlet (though I use those too.) It's thicker and filled with beads that absorb moisture from the air. You heat it up in the microwave for about 3 minutes and it gives off moist heat for about 30 minutes. They come in different sizes. If you decide to get one, get the biggest size you can afford. I'm pretty sure you can buy them at the drug store these days. (I bought mine years ago.)

    Hopefully you will get some relief from some of these ideas until you can talk to your doctor about the lack of relief your getting from the Oxycontin.

  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,859
    without first talking it over and getting the approval of your doctor. There may be other alternatives.

    Kris's post about sometimes going back to the basics really is so true. Ice and Heat can do wonders.

    Too often people tend to look to drug companies for changing the medications, diet control, exercise, etc as being reasons for something not working.

    Most of the time, it is so much simpler than that.
    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
  • There are several brands on the market now, but there are topical muscle roll-on's and gels made from 100% menthol (won't put brand name here...PM me if you would like the name). I was a huge critic of the thought that a roll-on gel could make a difference, but it really does help for me.

    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
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