I have been on Fentanyl (from Watson) 100mcg/h for a couple years. I didn't know that there was a difference in the medication depending on which you use. Are you saying Sandoz is stronger? And if so, how can you change from one to another? Through pharmacy or through doctor? I just started looking trying to find if any manufacturers help with price. I'm in the donut hole and am paying $263.00 a month and can't afford to continue and my doctor was no help. Any suggestions, anyone?
There is the brand name, then there are several different generics. Some absorb better then others. Its not the strength of the patch as much is it that some have had more success in making work well. The brand name Duragesic has a coupon, this can be gotten at duragesic.com. There are also places you can try to get help for all your medications. They are The CoPay Relief Program 1-866-512-3861 or www.copay.org; or Suddenly Senior www.suddenlysenior.com/patientassistantprograms.html; or Needy Meds www.needymeds.org; and Partnership for Prescription Assistance 1-888-477-2669 or www.pparx.org www.freemedicine.com www.access2wellness.com
I am on Medicaid and also on Fentynal patches. I use the Mylan brand as they seem to work the best for me and then I put tegaderm over lay patches over them so they stick for the 2 days and water doesn't ruin them. They are both covered on Medicaid. I know Medicaid and Medicare is different but your pharmacy should also be able to help or you might try calling the actual manufacture of the patches. Hope this helps a little.
Im also on fentanyl,my part d will only cover the formulary ;ie72 hrs I pay 55.00 for extra box.my mom & pop pharm only carrys one brand mallinckrodt.they r the hardest to stick.they are very ridgid,cvs an walgreens get what ever they can, i was told a computer estimates their need for drugs an orders all drugs that way.i find they never have 3 boxes,im usually asked how many do you need? yes like 1 or 2? i read today as you, that the dose is different,i know my pain.i noticed a patch from cvs..it was puffy on top as large as 2 stamps.it dident keep the same level.as the mallinckrod brand,it wasent as strong overall and diden last 48hours.my doc asked what i had to pay for extra box,in a smart a#$ way.then laughs an says you should have listened and upped your dose.last viset,he almost yells why do i keep my pain level at 9.my answer it is a 9 but after 10 years of pills,and a fennigrin suposa.just to keep the pills down.this patch is a god-send.
i thank him every viset for saveing my life...
I wanna also say to yall tonight sitting in a ball on the floor rocking back an forth thinking you are alone..you are not! I wish u love an peace! Le'roy
i hope this helped mrs ellyn
Dear wllnr1 - I am on the Mylan Fentanyl patch, manufactured by Johnson and Johnson. They have a patient assistance program, which I am a part of, and get my patches for free. There is paperwork the prescribing doctor has to fill out and some for you to. But, you approved for up to a year at a time. If you have trouble finding out how to reach them, I can give you the number I have. Just let me know, be happy to help. Its worth a try!
This post is several years old, however, you can pull up the different brands/packaging online to find the different amount each brand contains. Someone I know lost their medical assistance using the Actavis brand, which is gel patch. They were on 75mcg/48 hour patch, 15 patches per month. They needed prior authorization, which they received, however the cost was $235 per month and would fluctuate monthly. They found a med app called LowestMed. The patches only cost $155 compared to the fluctuating insurance cost of $235 and up. Various other meds were much more affordable as but it doesn't filter in for your out of pocket costs. Hope this can be helpful to others
- Fentanyl Information for Consumers
- Fentanyl Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Fentanyl (detailed)
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