I've been disabled for 12 yrs w/Chronic Right lower quadrant pain from a surgery that caused nerve damage & debilitating pain when I walk (feels like my right ovary is being twisted). I also have Osteoarthritis (Spine & all joints), 2 ruptured discs in my neck & 3 bulging discs in my low back. I've been taking Opana ER 40 mg twice/day and Hydromorphone 32 mg twice/day. My concern is that Opana ER is no longer being made. What substitute do you recommend?
Hello. I see your question is a few months old but I just joined and would like to offer my thoughts to you - in case you're still looking for an answer. If not maybe it could help someone else. I have been taking Opana ER 30 mgs twice per day for a few years. I've been taking pain medication for years due to RSD in my right wrist, arthritis in my hips, hands, knees, ankles & elbows, fibromyalgia, right hip bursitis, current left side hernia (2nd time), degenerative disc disease & lumbar strain, neck issues & various other pain.
My Rheumatologist has rotated me through a variety of pain meds & I also have a natural high tolerance. I've been on Kadien, Fentanyl patches, MS Contin, Nyucenta and of course Opana ER. Honestly, Opana ER has worked (overall) the best for me.
When I spoke with my doctor about coming up with a plan to replace the Opana ER with a different med - and being so unhappy because I (we) finally found a med that worked well - we didn't have a good plan for replacement. He reminded me that as a Rheumatologist his hands were kind of tied. He is only able to prescribe so many types of pain meds - otherwise I'd have to go to pain management. I had a horrible experience there before & I would do just about anything NOT to ever go in pain management again!
I decided to talk with my pharmacist. I asked if there were a generic available for Opana ER - there IS (for now). Long story short I didn't have to replace my Opana ER - just had to start getting my RX written as the generic Oxymorphone ER. Maybe you could try this; If you're still looking for a solution? If not, I thought it'd be great information to pass along to others who may be in the same predicament.
I hope you're doing well and you were able to make a switch to a med that is helping you. If not, maybe try my advice. Best of luck!
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