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Your Pain Drug

AkiraAAkira Redlands, CAPosts: 82
Take 1 tablet by mouth three times a day as needed for pain.  This instruction is on our pain medication and I have been told that I need the pain drug in my system before the pain really gets bad.  Do most of you wait to take the pain medication till you start feeling pain?  Do you take it every 5-8 hours to have the medication in your system?  My cocktail prescribed is oxycodone 10/325.  Just wondering how most of you deal with your pain medication?  I hate taking pain meds, but I hate the pain a lot more.


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,571
    edited 03/22/2017 - 12:03 PM
    Most opioid medications come with similar statements.   Take xx tablet by mouth yy time  ... This is considered medications PRN

    PRN  Latin Term for As Needed

     However, you want to keep yourself ahead of your pain.   So, you do not want to wait until the pain is full bore.   At that time, probably , your pain level has gotten high enough that you will need additional pills.  (assuming, that the prescription is written so that you can take more than are prescribed.)

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
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  • I follow the same schedule as 44 does...never easy or fun to play catch up
  • AkiraAAkira Redlands, CAPosts: 82
    Staying ahead of the pain; playing catch up.  Good wisdom, thank you.
  • For me, I have no choice but to be in pain in between my doses because my medication only lasts about 2-3 hrs and I'm prescribed 1 tablet 4x a day PRN. Extended-release medications don't work for me and I'm at the maximum quantity allowed of 120 tablets a month. But if this weren't my situation, I would take my dose before my pain came back (i.e. if I'm supposed to take it every 4 hours, I wouldn't wait 6 hours for the pain to come back, I would take it at the 4 hour mark).
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  • Yes i am doing the same procedure 1 pill every 8 hours otherwise its difficult to manage pain
  • I like to keep ahead of the pain when I can. I take my 1st when I get to work, sometimes when I roll out of bed, on bad mornings. I get 4 so I space it out best I can. I'm in a MWF cardiac rehab and in the gym the other 2 days. I take one before those sessions. Some evenings I have taken all 4 already, so I have to go with an ice pack from there. Generally I take them at 7 am, noon, close to 4 and around 7 at night.

    Diagnosis: Thoracic facet syndrome & cervical and thoracic radiculopathy from car accident trauma.
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