I have been taking Norco for the better part of the past 15 years due to a back surgery that went south. My wife also takes it for severe Rheumatoid Arthritis. We are both in our 60's. I am just finding out this prescribed medication is in short supply. What its going on? I understand it has been reclassified, ( thanks to the pill mills and illegal access by dope heads and unscrupulous doctors.) My doctor and those like him are telling patients us we are now having to suffer due to this problem???
The DEA has failed miserably with their war on drug, so they turned to where there are paper trails. They are watching docs and pharmacies and restricting how many narcs a pharmacy can have in a month. Which is ridicules, guess we are supposed to just suffer. They need to look at how similar tactics worked with prohibition. We aren't the reason there are drugs in the street, but they can't catch those people, so they turn to us. If your dr has refused to write a script for you, he's not alone. All you can do is go to a pain management dr. I haven't had a problem getting my norco, I go to walmart.
Another issue is that it went to a Schedule II Controlled substance as of Oct 6, 2014 so a lot of Drs refuse to prescribe it anymore. It used to be a schedule III (considered not as addictive as Schedule II medication). Schedule III's can be called in and refills can be given. Schedule II drugs like morphine, Percocet, Oxycontin and now hydrodocone, like Norco/Vicodin, are more strictly controlled and you need a hard copy written script for each fill and they cannot have refills or be called in by a Drs office. many docs are much more reluctant to use Schedule II drugs because there is a lot more scrutiny involved with this group. Until all chronic pain patients raise as big a voice to the FDA, DEA and other government politicians as those who oppose the use of opioids do, nothing will change.
There are many groups like Dr Kolodny's PROP group who oppose the use of all opioids for chronic pain, especially non cancer pain, and they have very loud voices to the government and very deep pockets to lobby their cause. Dr Kolodny owns one of the biggest addictions treatment facilities in the US so he is financially committed to oppose opioids as more people will have to use an addictions clinic if they take away opioids.
My spouse and I also are having a hard time getting refills. I have rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. My spouse has Rynders Syndrome. Not sure how to spell that. We cannot get our Norco or hydrocodone whatever it is called now. We need to start a petition to stop attacking the elderly and anyone has severe chronic pain. I am not sure how yo start it.
- Norco Information for Consumers
- Norco Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Norco (detailed)
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