both doctor and pharmacist (Walgreens) are telling me that the new tramadol has percocet in it and that i have to go to doctors office to get scripts and they are saying that now it's a controlled substance. My pain is so intense with L3,4,5 along with disks in neck is bad and also I have fibermialga so pain is really really bad. they say it will help with pain and I have been on it so far for two months and still waiting for relief...
Tramadol doesnt have Percocet in it (percocet is oxycodone and acetaminophen and tramadol is tramadol) but they may have now made it a controlled substance in your state or area. If they changed the status and made it a controlled drug, they will need a new written script. Depending on which schedule they put it on, it may not be able to have refills (C-II) or it may have limited refills (C-III or C-IV) Percocet is a C-II drug so it has to have a new written hard copy script each fill-it cant have refills and cant be called in-you have to have a new written script each fill. Perhaps this is what they mean? I will have to research and see what I can find but I have heard nothing about a reformulation of tramadol. I do know that some states are now making it a controlled substance where before it was not.
Tramadol or Ultram is a synthetic drug that acts like a narcotic and some people lump it in with narcotic medications but, the FDA calls it a "narcotic like" medication. No, it does not have oxycodone (Percocet) in it at all. Yes, it is a controlled medication, meaning that the pharmacy (ie. Walgreens) must keep accountability on the number they have vs the prescriptions dispensed. It is only a class 4 medication however compared to percocet being a class 2. Walgreens and CVS pharmacy chains have been trying to "over-classify" pain medications ever since Florida started the ball rolling with the massive narcotic pain medication rules and restrictions.
I would check with another pharmacy as to the prescribing guidelines in your state as even Florida does not require the written prescription for each 30 day supply as for a class 2 medication.
https://www.drugs.com/pro/tramadol-capsules.html . This is a link on drugs.com's website and if you scroll to almost the end you can see the FDA's form for medications which shows that Tramadol is not assigned to any class of medications. I will note that when looking on FDZ.gov it mentioned that the DEA requested in March 2014 for Tramadol to be placed in class 4 status however, no action has been taken on the request as of 7/11/2014.
I apologize for the long response but as I currently live in Florida and have had repeated problems when I was on prescription narcotic pain medications where yes, I did have to do the paper prescription every 30 days to get my medications and put up with some pharmacists and ER nurses who had their own opinions on my medications which differed from my doctor.
Just check with your state board of pharmacy, drug control unit or whatever they call it where you live and get the right answer for where you live.
Best of luck on your recuperation!
Hi, i can't be sure, but i would be very surprised if there is a tablet containing both Tramadol & Percocet - due to a very serious drug interaction if you take these medications together, please check out the link below...
Please speak to your doctor about this...
I live in Oregon and I just called my pharmacist just now to see what's up with this. She said the only change they are aware of is that on August 6th or 8th? it will change to be treated like Vicodin. You will not have to go to your doctor for a written script to take to the pharmacy. I told her I didn't know how Vicodin is treated, and she explained that it basically means that my doctor will need to pay more attention to how many I am taking. In my case, this is something my doctor is already doing. This medication is a synthetic narcotic that has long been known to act very similarly to a true narcotic, and there has been talk of reclassifying it for quite some time.
I would like to say to anyone considering taking Tramadol that I have been taking it for a few years for fibro pain and it still works very well. It is cheap and effective. I take the 50mg tablet. When I first started taking it I was taking 4 tabs per day, spread out evenly. Now years later, I have only needed to increase the dose to 5 tabs per day. That is total 250mg per day. I find that it doesn't cause constipation like narcotics do, which is very important to me. In fact that is my main complaint with narcotics--constipation.
Only advice I can give you is with all the laws and reclassifications of drugs they are doing, be prepared for anything. I was told since I had received my hydrocodone prescription before October 6th, (when texas changed their laws) I would still be able to get the 2 rrefills I had on file at the pharmacy as needed. And legally, that was correct but none of the big pharmacy's like cvs,Walgreens could figure out how to do it with their software so instead of letting me transfer them somewhere, they voided them and deleted them and told me that was the law. Which was a lie. I don't know how a pharmacy can just withhold your medication and lie about it, that has to be totally illegal but what am I to do against a huge corporation? Then I called my doctor, and he informed he no longer could legally prescribe hydrocodone and I would have to get back into a pain management doctor... I was like really? A little heads up would have been nice.
Luckily he did have a cancellation for the next day so I was able go see my regular doctor and he could give me tramadol which has seemed to be a blessing in disquise. Works better for my pain without the mental effects. But I was terrified I was going to be left with nothing for my pain and sick in withdrawal after being on pain meds for 3 years then cut off with no warning. Luckily it all worked out for me, but to summarize, pay attention to the laws and keep in touch with your doctor & pharmacy if you hear about anything changing in your state.
I'm having the same issue as Indiana law has changed but I'm also seeing a bigger issue of Walgreen's being the biggest culprit of people not being able to get their legal meds doctors have prescribed to them. I have been on Tramadol for 3 years now for cervical radiculopathy and also suffer migraines which I take Fiorinal with codeine as needed. I had dental work done today (root canal, under gum cleaning, 2 crowns and an extraction) and when I went to Walgreen's to fill my antibiotic and pain med (Norco) the pharmacist decided that I was already on a "narcotic" (Tramadol) and didn't need the Norco so they refused to fill it, would not return it to me and called the dentist to let them know I didn't need it??? I'm a nurse and I am NOT a druggy or drug seeking in any way. I feel as if they have crossed the line making these types of decisions, they are not my provider and they are not the one's in pain.
I am fuming mad over this and I will be transferring ALL my RX's to another pharmacy. Who made Walgreen's the gatekeeper? This is ridiculous and something has to be done. If everyone boycotted Walgreen's pharmacy someone might pay attention! Fed up and in pain.
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