Now On Hydromorphone, But Not Working Like Oxycodone, Help!

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Kenjjr1952 Says:

I have been on Oxycodone 30 mg IR for more than ten years and it has worked fine. Now my doctor has changed to Hydromorphone 8 mg that doesn't work. Can my doctor make me change my pain meds?

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Meh Says:
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Is that morphine? Morphine didn’t work for me. They switched me from 5 mg oxycodone 4x a day to 15 mg er morphine and it was awful.
Yes they can make you switch, but if you can come up with some legitimate side effects they may switch you back.
When someone tried to make me take oxycontin instead of oxycodone I didn’t even feel safe to drive it was so strong. The doctor let me switch back. I don’t want meds that make me LESS functional.

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VerFree Says:

No, it is different than Morphine, though still related to it.

Hydromorphone is stronger than Oxycodone, you only need 7mgs of it to equal each 30mgs of Oxycodone, however, not every medication works for everyone that tries it. For example, Hydromorphone hs a very powerful effect on me, I get sick, and spacey at a very low dose, but I can tolerate high doses of Oxycodone, and Morphine, without any problems.

How many times a day does he have you taking the Hydromorphone?

The FDA warns that these medications carry the risk of being habit forming, and may cause side effects, such as nausea, dizziness, headache, constipation, and dry mouth.

As to making you switch, yes, your doctor can do that, as a matter of fact, they don't have to prescribe anything for you, at all. The best thing to do is to give the Hydromorphone a fair try for a few weeks, then let them know if it really isn't working for you.

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Jamo1 Says:
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Re: VerFree (# 2)

Changed your name apparently, but still spouting out the same copy paste warnings that all of us on long term pain management for chronic pain are quite familiar with. We don't need reminding.

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Roro Says:
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Re: Meh (# 1)

Absolutly correct it's not supposed to do the same as oxycodone

The CDC chart shows the strength comparison of various opioids

Oxycodone has an equivalency of 150% of morphine so your morphine is only 2/3rds the strength of the oxycodone you were previously receiving

My guess is the doctor was approached or feels they may be approached by someone in the gestople that have not gone to medical school but still dictate pain medication prescribing..... so they felt the need to reduce your morphine equivalency number which is what thecdc uses for """"so called"""" recommendations that the gestopol uses and enforce mandatory compliance to... with NO CONCERN for the amount of pain the patient is suffering from.

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Roro Says:
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30 mg of oxycodone is the equivalent of 45mg of morphine so you are right your 8mg of hydromorphone (mophine) will not come anywhere close to being as effective as the 30mg oxycodone since the oxycodone is over 4 1/2 times stronger than your 8mg hydromorphone ....... you can search cdc opioid equivalent chart

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