My dr. gave me a sub. for butrans. But it is expensive.
Since you didn't say how much Vicodin, and since your doc apparently doesn't want to give you stronger Schedule II narcotics, Butrans would be a good choice, if you are taking meds for chronic pain. It's a Schedule III narcotic with amazing pain relieving properties. Wish I was on it.
I don't know about back pain, but the Butran patch (10 mcg dose) sure helped my migraines with no side effects. I love it.
You say that it is expensive. Do you have health insurance which pays any of it? Are you able to get Medicaid? Know anything about that? Sometimes a pharmaceutical company will help pay for your medication. Or the 1% of your income or $95.00 a month could be worth it for you in the future with the ObamaCare which cannot exclude anyone for pre-existing illnesses--the way it is now. But you have to wait until 2014. I'm quitting my job the day that pre-existing clause gets thrown out, because my insurance is through my job and I am very disabled from a stroke.
Let me know if the expense is really a problem for you and I can give you more info on the Medicaid.
Let me know.
You have two separate issues. The best medicine for panic disorder is Xanax. It is generic (alprazolam). I have been taking 2.0 mg 4 times daily and it saved my life. Not expensive.
For the back pain I would forget about Vicodin. There are exended release medications for pain that are generics: morphine, methadone, oxycodone, and others. With any hydrocodone/apap there is only a 4 hour relief period, and you always need more. Extended release medication is the answer, in my opinion. Can you get your doctor to prescribe an extended release med?
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