Substitute Morphine Sulfate For Oxycontin

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Hello: So I just got something from my insurance company telling me they no longer will pay for oxy 20 or the generic..which is off the market anyway. The substitute is morphine sulfate I believe..that's what they are covering. How much of this do I need to equal one 20mg? I take 3 20's per day.. Thanks for any help I can get..

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Verwon Says:
Oxycodone is 1.5 times stronger than Morphine, so your daily dose would need to be 90mgs of Morphine to be equivalent, so on the same dosing schedule, you would take 30mgs of the Morphine, 3 times a day.


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JayJay124 Says:
Hi Ms. Verwon,
I learn something new from you all of the time. I was under the impression that Morphine was much stronger than Oxycodone. No wonder that when my doctor changed my meds from 5m percocet to 25m morphine it seemed as though the pain got worse so ask him to change it back, which he did.
Thanks for the info. You are the best.

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pjs Says:
I have CRPS and used to Oxycodone/Oxycotine (once per day because I was paying for out of pocket) for the pain but my insurance will no longer pay for it.

Recently because of the pain and $$ the doctor put me on Moraphine ER (15 mg) 3 times per day but the side effects are horrible.

Pounding heart and horrible horrible constipation. Is there a substitue that I can take hopefully without the side effects.

Is it true that if I try different medication and they do not work as well as the oxycodone that the insurance will pay for the oxycodone?

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Nanny Says:
I am a 53 yr old Nanny of 5 and I need some help! It's renewal time for insurance at my husbands job ugh!! Im currantly taking 40mg oxycontin 3x a day which has worked somewhat for yrs. I have severe scoli even after surgery 18 yrs ago with toal fusion, rods, clips, pins and screws top to bottom. All my ribs were broke in half for two reasons one they used my own bone to fuse everything and two to minimize the "humps" My question is... what can I do to get off the oxycotin and find something less expensive but that will relive the pain so I can still be mobile and keep up with my gkids? Our ins that we have through his work will no longer offer the insurance coverage we now have and pay $925.00 a month for 3 of us. Awesome paying $25 a month for name brand and $10 generics no deductable on Rx's BUT now it's a 80/20 pay and $1000 dedct so that means I will pay my part $160.00 a month for the oxy alone not counting 3 other rx's. Im lost and Im scared the pain is tolerable at best with the 40mg 3x a day I just didnt want to increase the oxy anymore than I have. I need a better and cheaper option. PLEASE can anyone advise me how to approach this??? I also have medicare A&B as secondary but no part D on that. Help

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rsdburns Says:
In response to the original questin and even all the responses, morphine (oxymorphone such as Opana or MS Contin) is stronger than oxycodone, which could be Percocet, Roxicodone or OxyContin. All 3 are the same drug, just different formulations. @ PJS, I have CRPS also, hubby has AS. I don't use Opana but OxyContin & Dilaudid which is Hydromorphone...the strongest of the 3. You will not feel a "High" or any type of euphoria from Opana, but hey, we only want relief from the burning, searing pain, right? If you want to relieve the constipation, take senecot every time you take your meds & you will be fine. Oh, & drink plenty of water.

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Nina Says:
I have facial nerve damage to the trigeminal nerve and suffer chronic pain. Been taking 80 Mg oxycontin/day for 12 yrs after a visit to Mayo.. Insurance has refused to pay for it unless I try some other pain meds to see if they work--of course much cheaper. I am frightened other mess will not control the pain;any suggestions?

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fickle Says:
ive been on morphine long acting for a month now, ive been on it b4. I was on oxycotin long acting, and oxycodone for break threw pain. same thing the insurance wouldn't cover oxycotin, cuz its a brand name. morphine long acting works just as good, u take every 12 hrs. u may want to check needymeds....look up ur meds and big pharma will foot the bill for u

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