I was told Purdue holds the patent and no one can produce a generic until this year I think. Does anyone know the real story. I cant take the OP because of severe side effects and the oxicodone is not controlling my pain as well as the oxicontin OC did. Im tired of the up down rollercoaster ride of pain and im always waiting to take my meds or i need more. Im on 2/30mg 5x/day and doesnt work the same as my 80mg 3x/day with 2 30mg/day as needed for break through. Without my meds I can bearly walk due to severe back pain. I really don't want more just what worked in the past before they came out with the OP formulation. Does anyone know the real truth? or just rumors?
I hate to tell you this but the oc are gone for good. The change has made my life a living hell. I spoke to a perdue pharmacist when this changed began. She was very truthful and helpful, first off one of the biggest changes made to oxycontin was that they took out the fast acting componant. They had both long and short acting. I also found out that fhe fillers they use are difficult for some to digest therefore you cannot absorb it. I felt like I was in withdrawl, I was on 80mgs three times a day as well with 10mg ir for breakthru. I had to increase the oxyir to combat the withdrawl and try to control the pain.. It was a wonder, it allowed you to function not like morphine and some of these others. I tried Avinza but it make depressed and lazy, tried ms contin same thing. I actually started lyirca yesterday but I have a killer headach and my vision is blurry. I would like to just take the short acting oxyir it works if I take 39mg every three to four hours but it is now way as good as oxycontin oc. I am mad about this because it just isn't fair, for years people who suffered from chronic pain did not take narcotic pain meds because of the side effects then perdue comes up with the answer to our prayers and then return us to hell. why are the abusers more important than people like us???
I'm agreeing with ksrock2. I believe they are gone for good. She is right on in that the old formula used to release a portion immediately as a bolus then released the rest over the 12 hour period. I think you got like 40-50% of the drug when you first took the tablet. Now it is completely time released so thats why it takes 2 hours to start working as opposed to the 30-45 minutes that the old formula took to work. They also added a polymer to make the pill nearly impossible to crush. If you hit an OP tab with a hammer, it will flatten out and break into large chunks. the old OC formula would crush into powder. With the OP, these chunks still retain some of their time release properties. Also, if you try to mix the pieces with water they turn into a gloppy gel which cant be drawn into a syringe and injected, it also gels up in the nose when snorted so that it is not absorbed that way. They did this to bow to pressure from angry parents who lost children to OxyContin abuse and the government. They did it to try to make this drug less appealing to abusers. Unfortunately, the abusers just moved on to other drugs and we, the legit pain patients, are left with a drug that doesnt work nearly as well as it had previously. Dont get me wrong, I'm all for abuse deterrents as long as the product works the same when it is taken as intended. This one falls short of the mark. Even if they do bring out a generic, it will work like this one (OP's) not like the old OC's. It really stinks that the people who use their drugs correctly end up being the ones punished but right now, the loudest voices of protest are coming from those angry parents and the government. Perhaps it might make a difference if everyone whose life was turned upside down by this change would write to Perdue, but I doubt even then that it will help. It never hurts to try though!! We legit patients need to stand up for ourselves and let our voices be heard by those that make the laws so that they dont forget us in all the clamor for ending prescription drug abuse in this country. Write to your lawmakers and to the drug companies and at least make your opinion and experiences be known. There is also a wonderful group called the American Pain Society that is made up from pain sufferers and health care workers to act as a voice for us, the legit pain patients. We need to give them our support. Share your experiences so that everyone knows what these changes are doing to legit patients. If no one hollers, they dont know that their "fix" is not fixing things for us!!! Just my two cents...
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