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My doctor is 'upgrading' my medication to oxytocin- which I've never taken before. I know none of us are doctors, but l'd like to know, in your experience, what i'm in for in terms of side effects and how to mitigate what she warned most about- it being extremely addictive


  • Oxycodone? 
  • Yes. I by accident wrote the local generic name. Sorry
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  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,510

    if you use the spine-health search tool, see searching spine-health for information to search for oxycodone, you will find several discussions about it.


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  • SooveritSooverit Finger Lakes region of NYPosts: 460
    Hi dazc,

    What are they upgrading from?

    I was switched from hydrocodone to oxycodone. For me, it provides much better and longer lasting pain control.

    Just take it as prescribed, only for pain, and only as much as you need to get your pain to a manageable level (you can complete your activities of daily living without much discomfort). Keep a log of how much you use and when. Communicate openly and honestly with your doctor. 

    Do those things, and you will be fine. 

    Do you live with someone you absolutely trust (wife/partner)? If so, you could ask them to hold and administer your meds exactly  as prescribed. 

    Have you had problems with addiction to other substances in the past?

    Sara :) 
  • Thanks Sooverit,

     I was on percocet (a blend of a low dose of oxycodone and paracetamol) and clonazepam (recommended by th neurologist for muscle spasms) . I'm not the addictive type- took the same doses of meds for 3 years with noproblem. So far I'm on a low dose of 20mg oxy per day- but its not helping much. will give it a few more days before taking more.

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  • SooveritSooverit Finger Lakes region of NYPosts: 460
    Oh, are you on extended release...oxycontin? I didn't get much relief from the extended release med I tried (nucynta). If you aren't getting enough relief (and you are on oxycontin), perhaps they can give you a couple oxycodone per day for breakthrough pain.

    If you haven't had problems with addiction with your past meds, and you trust that you will use your meds appropriately, you will not have a problem. Don't let the hype keep you from getting the relief you need to live a decent life!

    Take care,
    Sara :) 
  • Never heard of extended release oxy. Will ask my doctor.
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