I've heard from 2 other people that whatever Purdue did to make it so addicts could no longer abuse this drug, (which is 100% understandable & necessary) that the pill has gone completely thru their system without dissolving, thus, they don't even come close comparing to how well they worked previously. I know there are those of us who are truly in horrible pain & need something strong that is long lasting out there that in one way or another are experiencing or feel the same as me. There's got to be something or someone we can do or talk to for help. What steps did Purdue have to go thru to get approval for this altered version? Were there any clinical trials peformed first? I haven't seen or heard of anything nor was there any forewarning to give us a chance of making necessarym changes to our pain management regdiment. Frankly, this increased pain I'm experiencing until I find a replacement plan, is so unnecessary and unwelcomed. Personally, I'm furious with Purdue & how they've handle this change & to think of how much money ($1,000+), for 120 - 80mg's is unethical and nothing short of straight up consumer theft!! PLEASE, SOMEONE HELP...
Hello terilyn 54; You sound both like a very strongminded person, and a fighter. Congratulations dear lady, if we are to fight this new OP version of Oxycontin, we will need people just like you. I'm not a "whizbang computer operater,but if I knew how, the first thing i'd do is get ahold of the"Boss Hog" or "Head Honcho" of drugs .com, and find out just how big an Army We can muster. "We Are Big" ladies & gentlemen, we are "WORLDWIDE"!
we have people from just about every country on this Globe called "Earth", and we need to offer congratulations to all the salespeople and others who gathered us together. That being done, we will need these people to gather us together into a voting block of [10 to 15,000 members wouldn't surprise this member a bit] people to vote this new OP version of Oxycontin down, before our wonderful F.D.A. with hands held out, gives it the ok so it can start killing people.
Next we will need to find a few people with Political capabilities and a few "Lawyers and or people with strong legal capabilities, to put us voters to work in any and every way possible. this will not be as hard as it sounds as I personally know of 4 amazingly knowledgeable(sp?) medical people, one of which, knowledge wise, is capable of putting most Drs. to shame. If we have many people with Medical Knowledge, there also must be many people with Political Knowledge, and legal capabilities, who can show people like You and Me how to do what needs to be done, where to go, who to talk to, and what to say. You can't just sit there and Blink... that's my job L.o.L. (:->) Sacosam "Intelligent comments are very welcome" ! !
I found this today and if everyone doesit it just may help, or thats just my thoughts.
Look to the right side of the page where it says "Begin", fill this out and pass it on to your friends also. Be sure to let them know what the OP's do and don't do. we all need to do this
Terilyn, I couldn't agree with you more. I could have written your note myself. I was caught completely off-guard by this sudden change. At my regular refill time, the CVS pharmacist handed me the bag, mumbling something to the effect that this is a new formulation and that some people have noticed it is less effective... Huh? I was shocked when I took it as usual, and it felt at most, one-third-strength. Since the "new and improved" drug has hit the market, my life has come to a screeching halt. I suffered a severe spinal injury on an amusement park ride (no joke) and have had a failed back surgery. I had been maintaining a semi-productive existence on Oxycontin, 80 mg three times a day. Whereas before I could gimp along and get some things done during the day, I now spend most of my days in bed. This is not healthy and is setting me waaay back in my rehabilitation efforts.
Now I'm playing the "find-a-reasonable-substitute" game, trying out different medications and suffering new suites of unwelcome side effects. Each trial of a new drug is disruptive to my family, because I'm either too sleepy, too nauseated, too pain-wracked, too this, too that, to participate in normal family activities. My doctor said she has been flooded with patients just like me (at least a dozen). Like you, Terilyn, I get that something was necessary to prevent abuse of this medication, but people like us who are/were legitimate users are screwed. And you're exactly right about the money: my insurance also paid over $1,000 a month for 90 80 mg tablets. All the drug company profits apparently resulted in absolutely no loyalty to legitimate patients. Thanks for nothin', Purdue Pharma. One can only hope that someone on their Board of Directors has a painful condition no longer helped by their gummy, worthless pills. Then maybe they'd get it!
You say "HELP!" Sadly, I think there will be no help forthcoming and that we are on our own to find a workable substitute. If only to feel less powerless, I plan to write letters to both the FDA and to Purdue Pharma. Maybe if enough people complain???
Who do we call to complain about the new Oxycontin OP - Purdue! The new oxycontin OP are a joke. My husband has taken OC's for 10 years for severe pain. The OP's do give him relief from the pain like the OC's. And to pay $2,000 a month for this junk is a crime! Purdue's phone # 800.877.5666.
I am so mad about being ripped off by Purdue I wrote that the OP's do give my husband relief like the OC's. NO! NO! NO! The OP's Do Not give the same pain relief as the OC's. They just milk the consumers and as long as Purdue can keep getting away with this they will. Why screw with a medicine that worked. Why fix what was not broken? Because some people abuse it well people abuse alot of different things. So we have to suffer because of them? them? Well lets bring back New Coke yeah that was a good idea.
I was so sick from the new OP version today that I could barely drive home. This is day 5 of the new formulation and I can't believe how they can so recklessly put patients at risk without educating patients about the change. I was NEVER ONCE this drowsy or sedated by the old OC drug, and I never got sick. This new drug is absolutely awful and this is a grave injustice to patients, to make this change without giving patients forewarning so they can discuss it with their doctor --- in time to change meds! --- or put us at risk because of the new side effects (which I never had with the OC medication).
We need to organize our efforts as patients and consumers.
I have been on oxycontin 60-80mg. 3xa day for 10 years. I have been sick for the past couple months,,blurred vision so bad that I can,t, read anything not even the bold letters. I can't drive because I can,t make out what's around me. i didn't know they changed thede unti; 2 weeks ago. I was looking at my medication and I knew it didn,t look right so I looked it up on the internet and saw they had changed it without no warning., I called perdue and told them what was going on that I wasn;t getting any relief from this medication couldn,t get out of the bed on my own just couldn;t function. They told me they were not going to change them back. I'm sorry for the people that abused them but that was their choice. This was the only medication I could tolerate and live a semi normal life. Now I need assistance in everything I do. It just isn;t right we should suffer.
i am seeing my dr tomorrow to see what i can change to that would be compatible to what I'm taking. if Perdue looses enough patients maybe they will go back to the old ones There are several choices that I found on th internet. So go online and see what you find that might be best for you. Perdue just doesn't care. They can't afford to loose all of us so we all need to change and maybe they will wise up. There are alot of other drugs that drug addicts can get. Oxycontin is not the only one
I feel for those of you who can only get the new oxys.I agree they do not release any medication (or at least thats how I feel it) I am one of those chronic pain sufferers that need them every day to function at all .If you tell a doctor that you dont like the new oxys they automatically think its because you were abusing the old one and cant do it anymore.Perdue Pharma has truly gone too far trying to junky proof these pills.Thank God my doc has me on opanas,They dont work quickly but they last a while once they get going
- OxyContin Information for Consumers
- OxyContin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of OxyContin (detailed)
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