My husband is 69 yrs. old and had back surgery 6 weeks ago He's still in a lot of pain, (about an 8 level with the oxy). He's been on 10 mg. of oxycodone 4 times a day since then. He's having some bad side effects now. He's
had 2 psychotic events where he was extremely agitated and panicked when he went an hour over the time he usually takes the oxy.
This scares him because his body seems to want more, without the
satisfying pain-reducing effects he used to have. Now he wants to try and get off the oxy. again. (He's
actually tried 2 other times in the last month with flu symptoms and
then increased pain so he went back on. He's had so much pain that his
ability to withstand it has definitely decreased. A nurse said that he
may need to be on the oxy especially if he's going to have physical
therapy. He has tried gabapentin, but it makes him emotional and weepy, and hasn't really helped with the pain. He would like to get off the oxy, but should he? He is just not "himself". Now even at the full dose his body feels lilke its going in withdrawal, i.e. hot flashes, nausea, dizziness, panic attacks. He has decided to take steps to wean himself off gradually again. We Pastor a church and he feels so out of control of his life. He's going to try 3/4 of an oxy every 4 hours for a week, then go every 6 hours for a week, then cut to 5 mg.every 4 hours for a week, then 5 mg. every 6 hours for a week, ect. Any input?