i am taking opana and my doctor had me take a drug test and i came up with nothing in my system now he says he doesnt want to prescribe them to me because he does not now where the pills are going, i do not sell them, when my nurse took my drug test i told her i havent taken any pills in a view days because i was feeling half way descent, but thats how it is i will be in terrible pain one day but other days ill be o.k. i dont see how i have to take the pills if i am feeling o.k i do when im in serious pain but i hate to take them all the time when i only need them periodically, what should i do or say to him to get him from suggesting such bullshit and still get my precription, or should i tell him to get screwed and try to find another doctor, should i demand another test?
Are you on the long acting Opana or the short acting? the long acting Opana is supposed to be taken on the clock, not as needed. The short acting Opana can be taken as needed. If you are prescribed a long acting product and you only take as needed then the product doesnt work like it is supposed to. You have to build a blood level and then keep it there hence the taking it on the clock instead of as needed. If you dont need around the clock pain relief, then you should not be on a long acting product, you should be on a short acting product and then you can take it when you need it. Just see if you can tell him how you normally take the meds. See if you are on a long acting product if he will change you over to something you can take only when you need it.
It's getting very difficult to find doctor's who will prescribe narcotics - there are a lot of people out there trying to find one. Doctors are being limited in the types of narcotics they can prescribe too - I've heard many people say their doctor's can no longer prescribe prn or as-needed medications as these are the ones that are typically abused. They can only write for around-the-clock meds and your doctor needs to have proof (your urine test) so he/she can show proof that YOU are taking your medication and not selling or giving it away. Your doctor has to do this in order to keep practicing medicine. I don't know if there is a way your doctor will take you back but I do know it will be hard for you to find another - I would advise you to ask as nicely as possible and promise to take your medication as prescribed. Your doctor really has no other choice but to let you go if the medication doesn't show up in your urine - his hands are tied. -
Are you seeing a 'regular' doctor or a pain management physician? PM clinics can be pretty stringent due to the DEA keeping a very close eye on them. If you are seeing a Family Doctor, I don't see where the problem would be. ??
In Texas the feds are doing a serious crack down on PM clinics. They are basically viewed as 'pill mills'. They make you test randomly to see if you are taking anything other than what you are being prescribed and also to make sure you ARE taking your meds and not selling them. That was an eye opener for me and consequently I decided to avoid them at all costs. It became abundantly clear they were feeding people's addictions and trying to fly under DEA radars. Sorta lost all respect for them then. I stick to my Neurologist and my Subs doc.
If you are seeing an Internist or Family doc and they are treating you this way, I would look into getting a new doctor. If you are going to a PM clinic, expect this to be normal procedure during your treatment. They tend to do through doctors at those clinics like 'exlax thru a baby'. (I really need to get a new analogy for them. lol)
Hope this helped,
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