As Oxycontin is known to be highly addictive please keep this in mind...Oxycontin is currently being taken out of use for patient's and alternatives are being found. The withdrawals are terrible and incredibly painful when coming off a narcotic. Some people are finding their pain has worsened and relief is harder to find. Some too are finding that they are unable to find a medication that gives them the same relief as the Oxy does.
There are alternative narcotic medications available, however, I would hope that you would choose a different type of medication to treat your pain than another narcotic. As with any narcotic medication there are things to take into consideration, please keep the following in mind when speaking with your doctor about alternative medications for pain treatment.
Some medications can become addictive when used over a prolonged period of time. As with any addiction, these types of drugs come with other consequences that need to be considered before you start them. An open line of communication with your doctor is very important. As many pain medications are narcotics, or other controlled substances, their use requires special care, monitoring and recording by a qualified professional as they are already known to be highly addictive. Your doctor may want to complete blood tests to ensure the drug levels remain at a safe level and your body isn't being negatively impacted by taking them. Stopping these medications will require careful monitoring and a slow withdrawal. DO NOT STOP COLD TURKEY! It is normally advised that you not mix narcotic medications with alcohol as the effects are intensified.
Many of the medications that are used to treat pain also come with some heavy side-effects. Before starting any form of medicinal treatment, explore what the side effects, warnings and precautions are. Give consideration to what side effects you can live with and which ones you can't. Are the side-effects equal to the benefits you receive with the medication? Your doctor may recommend something they "think" might help, but it is up to YOU to decide if what you go through as a result of the medication is worth it or not. Some side-effects just aren't worth it in my opinion. So decide carefully, you will be living with the side-effects.
Investigate your options for the treatment of your pain. Medications should only be a small component to your treatment plan. Education is key and an open line of communication with your doctor or health care professional is needed.
take good care of you