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A 37-year-old female asked:

spouse's prescription is 2x60mg oxycontin + 6x10mg oxycodone daily for chronic pain from severe wreck yrs ago. worried its too much & addictive or is that ok?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
You are correct: It is definitely addictive and if you stopped suddenly, you would have withdrawal. You likely have developed tolerance and require higher dosing, and this may become a more challenging issue in future. Would definitely suggest a pain specialist, and work with someone you trust. There are some newer approaches which may benefit you.
Dr. Susan Arnoult
Family Medicine 25 years experience
It is addictive: Your spouse has developed a physiologic tolerance to the opioid medications - that means he needs larger doses to produce adequate pain relief. This is because the body takes away the receptors and so it takes more med to cause same pain relief. Very often getting off the opioids helps the chronic pain patient significantly - allows the receptors to reset. Talk to pain specialist to get off.

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