Hello! Im in my 60's and for the past 14 years have suffered with severe Fibromyalgia and nw I have Arthritis!:( After trying many. many meds, the Brand Oxycontin works the best fir my pain and quality of life. Now my Insurance company is charging $250. per month and I can't pay that! Yesterday I started the new Generics by Par Pharm. and they are not working for the pain; just groggy. I'm afraid of the repercussions of horrible pain, and maybe even detoxing:( (By the way, the shots I take every 2 months into my painful trigger points WORK)! Has anyone else tried these new generics and what happened??? Im a nervous week worrying about this…:(:(:( Thank you…Vik1
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What, exactly, did your Pharmacist give you? As previously mentioned, there is no generic Oxycontin.
He must have given you something else, but I don't know what that can be, because by law the Pharmacist can't just change the prescription.
Write back and tell us what exactly did your Pharmacist provide you with? There is always the possibility that your Pharmacist may have called your Doctor, explained your problem with the cost of Oxycontin, and had the prescription changed. We are curious as to what you are taking. You can check the bottle, and if it's a different med entirely, you can always call your Pharmacist, and ask if your doctor changed the script.
That's what it sounds like to me.
First of all one day isn't long enough to tell what effect the generic drug will have on you. I suggest you go in and ask your pharmacist exactly what you asked here. He should know the differences, if any, between the brand and generic.
May I ask what you have injected into your trigger points? I have fibromyalgia and would like to know. Any side effects from the injections?
Ok check this out, my name is Russ, I am an MD from Pain Managment Specialists, and can tell you the latest here is copy paste from the professional emails that I receive few a week:
Date of this email: 01/15/2015
***OXYCONTIN: Purdue reached settlement agreements with Actavis, Impax, Par and Sandoz. Actavis may launch its generic OXYCONTIN (new abuse- deterrent formulation) any time after receiving FDA approval. Impax may launch its generic OXYCONTIN as early as 2016. Par and Sandoz’s settlement agreement terms have not been disclosed.***
So I am sorry, but there is no such trhing in any states of the USA where OxyContin generic version is available yet! Any more questions, let me know I will be glad to help!
I am sorry to disagree with some of the posters, but Vik1 is CORRECT! I see a pain management specialist, and he has prescribed oxycodone, which is the generic version of OxyContin Contin.
I especially respect the views of the M.D., but in this case, at least in California, there IS a generic version of the aforementioned OxyContin Contin.
I hate to disagree with so many including the good doctor but the new abuse resistant Generic started being available Jan 1st 2015 in the USA,,As of now its only in 40 & 80mg,,they should work exactly as the originals as they are made under contract agreements with the same formulations .
In February the pharmacy tried to give me the generic, I refused because I had not heard of it being on the market and came home and goggled it and couldn't find anything. I than went to Purdues website and it said that they reached an agreement with Activas and they could be out by Nov. 2014. As for peoples claim that all generics work the same is not true. When I took the last generic form when it was out it made me sweat so badly that it dehydrated me so badly I ended up in the ER. I went to see my doc about switching but he wanted to see for himself, so I took my dose went to see him and he was worried right away about me becoming dehydrated and switched me back to the brand and the problem went away. Even though they may have the same ingredients they can also enter your system in a different order.
Not all people are the same just as my wife can't take but the smallest dose of pain meds and she is either stoned or vomiting while I on the other hand seem to get little relief from pain meds, but my doc tells me that someone in pain will not feel the effects of the med and if you do it is to strong. Myself I take enough meds that make you tired and they last thing I need is to change one that will increase that
Hi there! I just got the new generic with this month's prescriptions. I have actually found that they work even better than the brand, surprisingly. With the brand they always seemed to lose effectiveness after about 8 hours, and I would have to take at least one breakthrough pill between that time and the time I needed to take my next dose. I'd also have to take a breakthrough with each OxyContin dose in order to kick start it. I have barely had to use the breakthrough at all now. Only if I actually do something that increases my pain.
The only bad thing for me is that the copay was actually $20 more than the brand, but my pharmacist assured me that wouldn't last too long. I'm hoping that you start having a better experience with the generic. Perhaps talk to your doctor or pharmacist to see if there is a way around the $250 copay or speak with your doctor about a possible increase in dosage since the generic isn't working as well for you.
I have been taking Oxycontin for 5 years. I went through the transition from OC to OP and had terrible withdrawal. I now am on my second month of the new generic Oxycontin made by Actavis. I too have had the poor pain relied and fatigued .All I want to do is sleep. I didn't notice at first when they went generic they look identical to brand. the first months batch was generic from Purdue Pharma and 20 pills of Actavis. Very strange I thought, that they would make a brand and generic. This month I have all Actavis. I did notice a shorter effective time with the generics also. My pain doc has some inkling to this he upped my dosage to three pills a day and acknowledged my increased drowsiness. It only got worse. I did notice some difference in the Actavis medication. It is more effective for the pain than the generic Purdue generic. I hope this helps. I am currently trying to change meds to Exalgo, a 24 hour pain med. I am meeting resistance from my pain doc.
Hopefully there will be a alternative to Oxycontin in the near future and be supported by the pain management community. Seems they all are convinced the only safe pain med is the OP.
Well if anyone still interested in the doctor's opinion, I got the news. Not very good thou, my patients are complaining about the same the Ms.Vik1 did. I requested for all my patients OxyContin to be filled brand only for June 2015, half of them were unable to since they needed the meds and CVS had no Purdue product, very upset myself and will work on PA (Prior Authorization) for Opana for most of my patients. Sandoz Oxycodone HCL ER end up being sad alternative that seems to be either too weak or simply not FDA regulated in full. So Ms. Vik1 you do have a point.
We have generic in canada. Its a zillion times cheaper, doesnt turn to goop like oxyneo, kicks in sooner. Its like the original oxy just without the name oxcontin. Its called oxycodone cr. Comes in any mg. Did i mention its a zillion times cheaper? Was payin almost 400 a month for 80mg oxyneo twice a day. Thats the Canadian version of the ones that cant be chewed. The generic cost 137 bucks. Major difference.
I am LIVID. I am 59 and pain has been my life since 1996. I was never a drug abuser... I don't like to take pills. In short, my level of pain dropped from a 9 or 10 to a somewhat tolerable 7 with OxyContin and oxycodone-IR 30 mg tabs for breakthrough UNTIL The OC and its generics were replaced with the OP formulation which will not be available until 2016 according to my RPh.
Is it just me or do the "new" OP formulations of OxyContin do NOTHING more than make me extremely groggy and give me a HEADACHE all over the top and sides of my head? I take 80 my of the OP OxyContin every 8-12 hours and get NO relief at all. I get MUCH more relief from ONE 30 mg oxycodone tab than 80 mg of the sustained release OP. Hell, I have developed such a tolerance that it takes 1 1/2 to 2 of the 30 mg breakthrough tabs to help reduce the sensation of pain. On many days, I've taken up to TEN oxycodone 30 mg tabs and did NOT take the OxyContin 80 mg.
Wo WHY does 270 mg to 300 mg of the breakthrough tabs help MUCH more than 80 mg of the new OP Oxycontin?? The problem is I run out of the 30 mg tabs well before the OxyContin and then have to suffer with my pain PLUS a headache PLUS struggle to stay awake with just 80 mg of OP versus 1 tab of the 30 mg oxycodone every hour? My conclusion is the reformulated OxyContin is VERY ineffective. I wish there was a way I could cop up and crush these OP gel things so I can get real pain relief. I wish you all the best.
I have been on oxycontin 40 milligrams the formulary version for a couple of years due to chronic pain from various medical issues. I never had any problems with that medication. I was given the generic version which is oxycodone 40mg ER last month and have been having stomach issues, headaches, intense sweating, and on top of all that the medication does not work well at all very little pain relief. I really don't understand how they can put something as bad as this on the market. Next month I will go back to paying $100 copay for the formulary version because this generic stuff is horrible.
- OxyContin Information for Consumers
- OxyContin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of OxyContin (detailed)
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