I have been on pain medications for about 15 years. I have advanced degenerative disc disease, have had 12 surgeries on my back and spondilosis of the spine... I have just about tried every thing in the market today and need help finding somethin that will ease the pain so I can function in everyday situations without any side affects that make me terribly sick. I had gone through Lortabs, percocet, vicodin, then morphine (was allergic to it) and finally put on opana er & ir 40mg 10 mg. It worked so good for the last 10 years that I could function with a normal life and not suffer from terrible pain all day and night. Well then in january endo pharma decided to change the formula and they are not even a tenth the strength that they used to be. Its a BIG WASTE of my money. Thanks ENDO for taking out your frustrations on those who ACTUALLY needed it for the damn drug heads that were abusing it. Now I have to find something different and so far I have tried dilauded, oxycontin and even suboxone and now I suffer daily so bad from the pain that I can hardly get out of bed, not to mention all the side effects like nausea, vomiting, and severe headaches that go along with it. I just want to know if any other people have found something that I could possibly try???
I'm just wondering what doesage of Dilaudid they had you on because I also have spine/vertabre problems except mine is having two c-1 to c-2 fussions. I'm on a very high dosage of Dilaudid 8mg X2 4X daily & it works for me,but that's me. Have you tried Fentenyl 100 mcg? Or they make a pill form of it now that I imagine is pretty strong concidering the drug is 80X stronger then morphine. Also you were right about Opana changing there formulas just because some people are abusing them because the real problem is not the drug but how are these people getting them to start with? A gun isn't dangerous without bullets & an addict can't get high without the drugs,any narcoticts & if it weren't Oxycontin or Opana it would be something else or heroin! The doctors need to screen all there patients much more carefully & then the problem would be much smaller.
I hope you find what you need & for your pain & as I suggested maybe dilaudid in a much higher does will work,because I was on all the drugs besides Opanna that you mentioned & the dilaudid in the high does works for me. Good luck.
I took the new Opana ER and it took like 15 days to kick in.. I wasn't drinking enough water I found out later to digest the pill. Same for the Oxy Op. I take it with 10 ounces a large glass of water to get it to start working. I'm hoping to go back to Opana now that my pharmacy is stocking it. The oxy op works ok when its working but I have had full days like the pill didn't unlock? Uncertain but Opana was better for me because my mood was better. With Oxy Op I am ill and can get kinda snappy an short with my family.
Unsure which direction you could go but you may just need to raise the doses. Good luck and hope you feel better soon.
No you are dfef not the only one with a problem with Opana er, esp the new ones, They do absolutely nothing for my pain, My oxycodone 30 mg works so much better, My dr wants to put me back on Fentynyl, I am not knocking it,,When I was on it, I think it was just way to low of a dasage, i was on 50 mg evry 3 days, yeah and it only lasted maybe12 to 16 hours for me at most. Exalgo i hear is a good drug, but very potent, it is not oxymorphone like Opana, it is Hydromorphone, basically like dilaudid, and i know alot of Dr dont like writing it in NY, that and Demerol.
Good Luck, and let me know if you know what dosagesOpana IR come in besides 5mg and 10 mg, I rteally need to know.
Thanks Everyone NYGUY$$.
If you haven't already, PLEASE let your doctor know that the new formulation is NOT working. There are so many complaints about this. I have a friend who was also on it, & becasue of all the complaints his doctor was receiving, she upped his dose from 2 - 40mgER to 4 - 40mgER a day with percocet as a breakthru med. He feels the extra is working as well as the old formulation, but not on the 2 doses per day. If enough people complain to their doctors they will get the idea that it isn't working, & you need an increase or a change to a different med. The fentanyl patch does help a lot of people & exalgo works too if the doctor gets the conversion correct. It's posted on the professional html on Drugs A to Z. I have another friend who was on 100mcg of fentanyl & wanted to change for the summer time because she broke out on the patch when in the sun. He gave her exalgo, but gave her 8mg, & it should have been 48mg according to the conversion chart.
It didn't help her at all, but that was her doctors fault for not doing a proper conversion. She is now back on the fentanyl patch, & is doing better. Just my thoughts... Mary
I'm having the same reactions. I used Oxycontin 80mg. new formula with great results but my new ins. wouldn't cover it so I went to Opana 40er. All I can think of as far as cost effectiveness is 30mg. oxycodone every 4 hrs. i think that might nip this in the bud! But we need to remember that the old form of opana was 2-21/2 times stronger than oxycodone. good luck my friend and God bless. P.S. I'm having the same tramatic effects, the're terrible, I've been crying it's so bad. I called Endo-pharma, they will make a note of it!
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