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  •  If she's taking 30mg of Oxy, ... (1+ / 0-)
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    I know her pain is pretty bad.  = (

    I take 20mg of OxyContin, but have 4 doses per day.  The thing about Oxy, whether codone or Contin, is that it only lasts about 4 hours per dose.  The codone version works more quickly (within 20-30 minutes of taking it), whereas the Contin is "extended release" but doesn't kick in until about 2 hours after taking it due to the way it's metabolized.  

    I've been bed-ridden for about 5 years now, so I can certainly appreciate what your wife is experiencing and the dread and depression that accompanies it.

    I can confirm that OxyContin is NOT addictive if the dosage is appropriate.  As to dependence, a pox on the houses of those who think that's somehow a negative.  We all depend on food, too.  I depend on pain relief or else I would not still be among the living.

    I'm mostly chiming in here to make sure your wife is aware that Perdue Pharma (oxy's manufacturer) has a patient assistance program that will provide meds without charge if the state of your family finances causes you to qualify.  Since I have no income, I qualify easily.  And although I don't know what their qualification formulas are, I do know that it's definitely worth checking into.  However, they don't provide codone through the program, only OxyContin.  (I've never gotten a satisfactory reason as to why that is.)

    If your wife can get her doctor to give it a trial, it's definitely worth seeing if it can provide her with the relief I'm certain she's desperate for.  The right dosage can bring 24-hour relief.  And if she's given a prescription for 24-hour coverage (i.e., a dose every 4-5 hours), she might even be able to take a smaller dose, like 20 mg rather than the 30 she now has to take because of it wearing off and her having to build back up.  And she might also be able to stop taking the other pain relievers altogether.

    Another upside is that there is NO mental effect at the right dosage, which was contrary to my experience with hydrocodone, which made me feel foggy and druggy, not to mention feeling the "pull" of addiction.  

    I hope she finds something helpful in what I've shared.  I know ALL too well about pain (mine originates in my lower spine at L5-S1, thus my entire upper body weight is a factor) and how it literally destroys one's quality of life.  

    If she has any questions, let me know.  And also, tell her that I experienced NO withdrawal effects when I once had to go without for a period of eight days. Pain?  Yes, plenty. But NO withdrawal.  I was amazed ... and relieved.

    "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

    by Neuroptimalian on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 04:51:57 PM PST

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