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Short vs long acting opioids

Feb 23, 2017 11:25 PM

Hello all. I am new here. I am 38 and have fibro, hashimotos, periferal artery disease, and nerve damage. I am on muscle relaxers, neurotin, and oxycodone. The oxy are short acting and only last about 4 hours. It makes me feel like I'm popping pills all day long. Have any of you been on a long acting opioid for pain? What are your thoughts on it compared to a short acting pill?

Feb 24, 2017 7:42 AM

Hi Goobette and welcome to the crazy family 😉 sometimes you just need a little craziness to get you thro the day!!!
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I'm on zomorph which is long acting morphine mst. I take it in the morning and evening if I have the short acting morphine like oralmorph I'm out of it, spaced and sleepy but the slow acting isn't as effective but I'm able to function and it does keep the pain manageable all day as long as I have my amitriptyline at night with my nighttime morphine mst.

The morphine mst is the best option for me and I'd advise you to speak to your doctor to see if this is an option for you and whether it will help you or not. Everyone is different and we each react differently to meds and treatments and you won't know what will work for you without trying it.

I hope you're able to find the best way forward for you and I'm sending you positive vibes and warm healing hugs xx

Feb 24, 2017 8:51 AM

I also take amytripiline 100 mg at night for sleep. The problem is sleeping well for a few hours and then waking up in tremendous pain. It takes the oxy a good half hour to kick in. I'll do as you advise and ask the dr about longer acting meds vs what I take now. I have an apt coming up in a little over a week. Thanks for the reply!

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