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oxy 3 xs a day?

dmoonchildddmoonchild Posts: 383
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:24 AM in Pain Medications
Does anyone take Oxycontin 3 X's a day? Does it help? Im taking it every 12 hours and since Ive gone back to work its just not doing it. I dont want to increase my BT meds. Is it proper to request 3 x;s a day from my PM. It gives me the best pain relief with no side effects. Thanks for any input


  • My PM is anti B/T medication. He prescribes three 80 mg Oxycontin per day. I don't rock the boat with him about this. I am just grateful for a doctor who will prescribe adequate medication. I didn't start out taking this much, but I was always prescribed three per day.
  • that it would be absolutely OK to ask doc to up the Oxy. especially if that is what it takes to control your pain. My doc also would rather that I take higher doses of the opiates rather than use b/t meds. The opiates are much easier on your organs and system in general. Good luck to you.
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  • Instead of asking the doc to increase my meds when this similar thing happened to me, I would discuss with him the length of time I was getting relief from each dose. That combined with the amount of times I required breakthrough meds, he determined that every XX number of hours was not adequate coverage and changed the number of times per day I was to take the meds.

  • thanks everyone, like I said I would rather have the oxy increased than the vicoden especially because of all the Tylenol.
  • I've heard so many horror stories about patient's going to their PM doc and asking for a specific med increase, and the doc suddenly seeing them as a drug seeker. When I noticed, years ago, that 2 doses of Oxycontin weren't working well, I just told my doc that I felt that the med did not last a full 12 hours. More like 7 or 8. He was the one to suggest adding the 3rd dose. I think that approach is more likely to help your doc understand your needs.

    Also, be aware that because the maunufacturer's recommended dose is 2x/day, many insurance companies will require an authorization to increase it to 3x/day. My insurance also requires that the auth be re-requested every 6 months.

    Best of luck. Mitzi
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  • I went to my Dr today and we decided to increase my BT meds from Vicodin 7>5 to Oxycodone 5mg 3 x's a day. Seems to be doing the trick. I love my PM dr!
  • Ahh yes, I remember being extremely afraid of trying to convince my doctors to raise my dose when I was not getting satisfactory treatment from the current dosage. Luckily, now I have an extremely understanding PM who will basically prescribe me anything. In terms of the topic, I was on Oxycontin 20mgs a day, but since I have nerve pain, Methadone is what really helped me. I hope you feel better! :)))
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