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Back pain 3 prolapse discs, fracture of vert end plate, on endone 5mg, oxycontin cr 20mg, diagnosed osteopenia. Suggestion?

Hi I am a 56 yr old male suffering lower back pain 3 prolapse discs and a fracture of vert end plate and of course degeneration.My doctor has me on 5mg endone and now changing over to oxycontin cr 20mg.I really dont want to be be on either and just want to know safest way to come off meds when back settles down.Also diagnoised with osto penia.Looking for best treatment for that deit etc...
Asked On : Mon, 14 Oct 2013
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Hi,

It is nice to know that you do not wish to be on opioid analgesics like oxycontin for long in spite of suffering so much. The best and easiest way to come off opioids is to gradually decrease the dosage before ultimately stopping completely. During this process you may suffer from mild withdrawal symptoms like aches and pains, loose motions, running nose etc which can be managed with over the counter medicines. This will certainly be milder than the withdrawal from abrupt stopping of the drug. For osteopenia, you will need calcium supplements and other medicines, depending on the cause of bone loss, like abnormal vitamin D levels etc.

Hope this helps you. Best wishes.
Answered: Tue, 15 Oct 2013
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