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what is a normal starting dose of roxicodone (oxycodone) for chronic pain?

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Dr. Mehul Desai
Pain Management 19 years experience
No standard answer: There is no specific starting dose although 5 mg is common. This medication is most intended for short term pain or for breakthrough pain.
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Dr. Brian Leanswered
Pain Management 17 years experience
Roxicodone (oxycodone): Roxicodone or oxycodone is a powerful narcotic. It is used for moderate to severe pain. It comes with or without acetaminophen. The starting dosage depends on the history of pain and prior treatments. The common starting dosage is 5mg.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

Side effects of oxycodone for chronic pain?

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Dr. Gael Yonnet
Neurology 15 years experience
See answer below: Constipation is going to be a big one. Dependence is another. Pain is a common part of life, and taking it away completely with oxycodone lowers the pain threshold which ultimately makes people feel more vulnerable and less tolerant to common, nonpathologic pains and aches. I would be very careful not to use oxycodone for chronic pain as other alternatives are better fitted for this purpose.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome when using Percocet: Constipation; dizziness; drowsiness; flushing; light-headedness; nausea; vomiting.
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A 42-year-old female asked:

I have been on oxycodone for chronic pain for 3 years. Is it safe to be on this medication long term?

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Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Oxycodone: Best to treat pain with non addictive meds. Opioids cause dependence,drowsiness,urine retention and constipation. Alternatives are muscle relaxants, lyrica, (pregabalin) gabapentin , fish oil, coconut oil, herbals like tumeric, ,Vit D, calcium-deficient persons, magnesium ( in deficient individuals), B12 if deficient, non steroidals, PT,aqua therapy, kinesiotape. Discuss with doctor/pain doctor.

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