I was prescribed originally Opana, and my insurance (BC/BS) requested my Doctor change my presription to either, MS Contin or Oxycotin, my guess is because of cost. However, Opana was working just fine for me. I don't agree with the Insurance requesting changes, because I pay for the Insurance. Just wondering?
What are the differences in MS Contin and Oxycotin?
Added 1 Jul 2010:
I thank both of you for taking the time to help me out with your knowledge. If there is a generic form of Opana ER, I would like the name of it to ask my Doctor about. I broke my neck 15 years ago, and went about 11 years with pain that I could use over the counter pain relievers to manage. Since then, it has all spiraled down hill. Now it is effecting my whole body. Two years ago I had to have surgery again in my low back, due to a herniated disk and bone spurs hitting my nerves, making it hard to walk. My fear is that this is just the begining of a life of pain.
Thanks for listening to me whine................LOL
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M.S. Contin is a slow release form of Morphine.
Oxycontin is Oxycodone (percotte) in a slow release form
I have never had much luck with Oxy Contin and to be honest with you it has such a bad rep that a lot of pharmacys wont stock it because thewy are afraid they will be robbed. The same pharmacy usually does stock the M S Contin and most people have no Idea it is a pain med and doesnt get the same stares if you know what i mean
I am about to go thru the same thing you are as I have been on Opana 40mg 2 tabs three times a day for two years before that I was taking 8 a day. It is the first drug that I was actually not only able to stay at the same level for two years but was able to tirate back some. It costs $2562.96 for a moths worth now. Endo does have a website where if you qualify for assistance they will give you the medicine for free. There are several associations out there that for a fee will gather your info and put in the application for you. then once a month your meds arrive. One that I talked to was SCBN and they charged 30 a month and a set up fee of $50.00 I think. I did not feel comfortable with them (just me maybee) but if you do your due dilligence you might like them or some of the others. Like I said most every big Pharma has a place to get meds free if u qualify
I will chat with u more on this if u like. I am going to try everything I can to keep my Opana coming. If I have to get off it I will probably go to Methadone as I have always had a problem with mini-withdrawals about 2 hours b4 my next med is due on any of the morphine ot morphone compounds. My system metabolizes them differently or so my doctor says. With Methadone the half life is much longer and i never had any problems. The problem with Methadone is when you try to get off. It is by far thwe worst drug in the world (in my humble opinion) to get off of.
MS Contin is a controlled release Morphine based pain reliever for Opiate tolerant patients who need around the clock pain control. Oxy Contin is Oxycodone but is also available in an Instant Release formula, as is Opana. The oxycodone is less costly than the MS Contin, depending on the mg's. As far as your insurance company insisting on the change in medicine, it may be your specific policy. If it's an HMO I believe they can do this, also with Medicaid recipients. But if your on a good PPO, I see no reason why they
would even intervene with your care. If your doctor is adamant about this medication being the only one that works for you, he can certainly fight the insurance company on your behalf. I believe during the appeals process, they will continue to pay for the Opana until a decision is reached. Your doctor can also tell your insurance company there is a discount card you can use WITH your regular insurance for additional discounts. Good luck to you and hope you find the answers you need. BCBS has been pretty good at covering my hubands pricey meds for a long time. Also, when I was on Effexor, they covered that too, only because there was no generic for it. The problem with Opana, is there are "generic" brands and/or comparable meds that may work just as well for you. At the very least, you may want to give OxyContin a try. It does work very well with chronic pain if you are on the right dosage. Try not to worry too much. Your doctor will take good care of you.
My best wishes,
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