Oxycontin Op Duration 40mg Cut In Half

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Deckard Says:
Given the protective qualities of the new Oxy OP, if you cut, say a 40mg tab in half, does it still release the drug slowly? I noticed there is no warning label on the bottle saying do not chew. In other words, given the new formulation, if cut in half does it still retain its slow release quality?

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Verwon Says:
Retaining their time release properties, even if someone tries to cut them in half, crush or chew them is exactly how they are supposed to work.

However, it is still not recommended that you alter your dosage, without your doctor's approval.

Oxycontin contains the very powerful narcotic Oxycodone.

Common side effects may include: nausea, drowsiness, dizziness and dry mouth.

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roger Says:
I have taken one 80mg oxycontin and 1/2 of an 80mg (I cut an 80mg in half) every 12 hours for over a year. cutting the new 0p in half does not change its effect. I have never crushed one. I suffer from sever degenerative disc disease since 1989 L4 -S1 and C3-C6. I had one back surgery that helped a little. Thank God for pain medication

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Matt Says:
I hear ya buddy my back is a mess, all kinda things wrong, i had a problem with getting my OP 40mg cuz the pharmacy had to order them, and becouse dr.'s dont want to give you your script 3 days early i always am 3 days late, got me, so today i ran out and that suck, so i cut 1 of the op 40's in half i hope that half will last 7 hours, i hope it still has time release stuff in it

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Kitty Says:
I have a 20 mg op for pain. Can I cut it in half tonight. I don't want the whole thing. I will call my doctor tomorrow and get it lowered. It's not that high of a dose already as i'm told. So can I just cut it in half this one time? thanks

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David Says:
Yes you can cut it in half. The purpose of Oxycontin OP is to prevent the pill from being abused. Thus, cutting, chewing, attempting to crush it, etc. will have no effect on the time release characteristic of the pill.

That being said, 20 mg is considered a low dose of oxycodone for someone who is in moderate to severe pain. I wouldn't recommend operating heavy machinery until you're familiar with how a particular dose will effect you, but other than that you're in the clear.

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Gunner Locknload Says:
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I've been on narcos for 6 years. Bottom line, it just doesn't work anymore. I've tried them all. I have been unable to convince my doctor that my tolerance is sky Friggen high. He refuses to up the dose of the OxyContin from 20mg. & Percocet. I've been cutting the 20's in half and taking both. Now I'm cutting up to four at a time and taking them along with the percs. Still doesn't help. I hate those stupid fentanyl patches. Sweat a little it falls off. I just don't know what to do. Am I going to have to move on to the only narcotic pain killer that might work? Heroin? I know it sounds stupid but I really need some help and I'm not getting it. Out of desperation at one point I cut eight of the 20's in half and took those along with four percs to no avail. If I can take that much oxy and feel no relief it feels as if I have zero choice any longer. I have also considered marijuanna. But I live in a state where it's still illegal and wouldn't know where to begin to find it. Any ideas at all would be helpful.

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Hooperstreazamulator Says:
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It's a really hard thing!
I was on Oxy 80 (6 a day)
And Roxycodone 30mg (12 per day)
Valium, Ridilin, Cymbalta, Miralax, and more. I was doing ok! However the doctor & other staff knew that I was at the max for my condition. The doctor began reducing all my meds. This cost my job, and almost my marraige!
The end result was;.... After the reduced amount of meds, I realized that after such a long time on these meds, my meds were not treating the pain anymore, they were only treating the symptoms of withdrawal. I quickly got used to the reduced amount of medication. When I say quickly I mean approximately 4 to 6 months. At the time I figured the doctors office was screwing with me because I pissed off one of the nurses! Now, I'm on one 10th of my original medication dosages.
I'm not able to go to work yet, however I do get some relief from the medication that I'm taking. It is my goal to try to survive with no narcotic pain medication. There are other treatments available, sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. For reasons forced on me I found that epidural is a very good treatment for pain. I'm speaking from experience when I say, it's really hard to put the addiction aside and just treat the pain! It takes a lot of willpower, but if you really want to get off the pain medication try epiduras or other like injections. Cymbalta is also something that can be a very big help while going through this process.
If you can manage to clean out your system and start from scratch the medicines will start to work again on you. Good luck to all of you

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Ken Says:
You may to switch up to an implant which delivers morphine into your systems. Ea ch month the doctor will fill up the implanted device and it will last you for one month. In the alternative, you can have him switch you to 30 mg morphine tablets.

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DLee Says:
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What state do u live in? And have u asked your doctor about oxymorphone .

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Tumbleweedsxo Says:
Whatever state you're in, cannabis is waaayyy better of a choice than heroin. It's also not going to ruin your life. Please please please don't start using heroin out of desperation. I get the desperate part and being in pain, but find another doctor before turning to that crap. Weed on the other hand, is a great pain reliever and at least somewhat legal (medical marijuana) in most states. Do the research and hope all goes well for you.

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J0NNY 0XY S0FL Says:
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I was in a bad auto accident back in boynton beach nine months ago and dislocated my L-5 & L-6 disks and started on oxycontin 40mg twice a day and dilaudin 6mg 6x a day (30s are harder to find just go to 40) and from day one i went to a CVS in Boca Raton (where i was living BUT my license showed a Delray Beach Address over 20 miles away) i had no problem. I then moved to Fort Lauderdale, still, with the same license to my local cvs. Just handed her my new script from my new pain managment doctor (just showed him past records and he put me back on everything cause i am allergic to Tylenol and ibprofin*hint*) and my oxycontin discount card from perdua pharmaceutical. They didnt have it this was on a friday so the pharmacist said come back monday when they get it in. So because my records with cvs showed me filling oxys and dilaudin before, they ordered them for me. Asked how many i need per month and said to fill it on the same day each month and they will keep it stocked. Im a 30 year old real estate agent with purple hair lol. No judgement was made. As long as u have a valid reason and records you have taken these types of meds before you should be fine now. Things have calmed down

If that doesnt help, i called up my insurance company (blue cross blue shield of fl ppo) and told them i cant fill my two scripts down here. They gave me the address to their central pharmacy. I overnighted it monday and got it back thursday morning filled with no issues. These two routes helped me through all the junkie judgement and I hope it helps some of you guys too!!

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Mr Oshemida Says:
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They say that cutting an OP in half doesn't change its slow release qualities. and I've tried. I've cut six pills in half with no change. But as far as I'm concerned OxyContin or Oxycodone sucks. I've always had a pain level that hovered around a six out of ten while taking them. I finally convinced my pain doctor to put me on something different. Now I take a slow release dilaudid and a quick release for breakthrough pain. My pain level dropped to a one after I started them. I feel like a new man. C

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Life in reduced pain Says:
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You can try fioricet with codeine. Great pain reliever if you can get it.

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J0NNY 0XY S0FL Says:
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Its fine if you split the pll. Then it is 20mg for 6-12hours of pain relief because the pill will still retain its time release properties even if split. Cutting it just reduces the amount of drug recieved.

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Greg buell Says:
How do you get your doctor to give u pain meds with degenerative disc disease?

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Monkey Says:
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DO NOT try the heroin. Sorry you're in pain but it will take you to hell.
Good luck

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Wired Says:
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Greg, ask your regular doctor (general practitioner) recommend you see a pain specialist. Then you can find a pain dr. local to you and he will give you pain meds. Not before sending you for MRI's & X-rays.

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J0NNY 0XY S0FL Says:
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If you need to take 8 20mgs than increase the doeses of the 80mgs

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Stop Hurting People Says:
Morphine is by far the most horrible addictive (physical not mental) drug and is really close to heroin. My Father was still able to build things and do stuff on oxycodone. He made a mistake talking to his new nurse practitioner. He was old and it never occurred to him to abuse a drug ever. He was needing an increase in his oxys and they switched him to morphine. He complained that the morphine didnt give that 'kick' like the oxys. He meant that they didnt work but the stupid practitioner decided that was "drug seeking" language and cut all his oxys for morphine. They also let him run out of morphine a lot, so he went through painful withdrawal and he never left the bed after that. Doctors started pushing morphine as "not as addictive" because the big pharmaceuticals can make it much cheaper than oxys. Morphine kills you off fast and my Dad, who was strong before, became weak and lifeless on Morphine. Keep your Morphine.

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