Watson Is Now Actavis Generic Percocet 5/325 What Is Up With This (Page 3)
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Lola Says:
 
I had been taking 5/325 generic Watson percocet for 4 years. Suddenly I get notified by Walgreens which I have insurance that there is no more Watson brand and I was given generic percocet 5/325 by Actavis. It is not the same at all. It has no pain relief for me. I used to break the watsons in half sometimes and never had a funny taste. I just broke one of the actavis white tablets in half and it immediately tasted like salt or alka seltzer? Has anyone had any issues with this drug too. Also, along with it not working right it has made my GI tract and stomach so ill feeling and cramping. This is not right how can they take away a medicine that someone has been on for 4 years without any problems and tell them to suddenly switch. Would a peson who has been on a certain heart medication for years be told to suddenly switch that he can't get that medicine anymore? I don't think so. I don't know what I am going to do but when it comes time to have my rx re-filled it will not be with Actavis and I will have to pharmacy shop I guess to see if I can find Watson. I am very depressed now and so unhappy I can't believe it.

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Luvjazz Says:
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Activis sucks. We fought n fought witn our pharmacy, filed a complaint against the druggist n said is this a matter of dollars n cents. The next day the area mgr calledn said she instructed the pharmacist to order in the other. I'm not home so i forget the other brand. Hubby has small nerve fiber neuropathy. Extremely rare n
No cure. He now takes 2 15 mg of oxycodone n needs the meds to work n days it hardly works .

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Rammstein Fan Says:
 
I agree Martin, I started going to Shopko who carry Mallis which seem to work better for me. Actavis sucks and so does Walgreens.

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Martin Says:
 
Hello all,

Non Actavis fan. I have been here since the beg of the the thread. If you need the history, just read back thru the thread. Actavis Percocet sucks. As soon as Wlagreens screwed me for a month I left. I now go to the local hospital. They used to get Mallis which worked great for me. Good pain relief with little side effects.
They know switched to Rhodes which are ok. Two years later I am still mad at Walgreens for trying to scam me. My new pharmacist is great and rolled his eyes when I mentioned Actavis. he said he would NEVER stock that. What does that telly you? These bozo pharmacists at Walgreens will lie to your face to make money. How you doing Jennifer?

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What is with the poor acting Actavais?

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Actavais is Horribe. I take duragesic 75mcg and oxycodone 10-325 mg and have began seeing Actavais on what used to say Watson. This does not work so back to the drawing board I go for an adequate generic.

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Rammstein Fan Says:
 
Jennifer I am sorry if my posts sounded as if the Acativis worked for me Absolutely NOT. I have been getting my pain meds filled at Shopko who carry Malls. The last time I had my pain meds filled was a couple of weeks ago after surgery and the doc prescribed Percocet. My husband went and had them filled at Walgreens/Actavis ugh. I asked him to take them back and get them filled at Shopko but he did not want to do all that running around so I just suffered. I have read all the posts complaining about Actavis and I agree, you might as well just take tylenol, at least they do not make me sick and tired. Thanks for your input, I love this web site it proves I am not crazy with all of the people on this site have the same reaction as I.

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Jennifer Says:
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Luvjazz n rammstein.....the Actavis work for you? This whole thread and many many others are all about how horrible Actavis is.....doesnt give us any pain relief and has given us many horrible side effects....ur last comments read as if u want them n theyre working for u which is a first!
KAROL.....if u read through this thread, youll learn what happened to the infamous Watson's that worked wonders for all our pain. Also...I know theres alit of pages, but if u can, read through this entire thread from post number 1 till the end....you will learn so much u never knew and will find interesting. Best of all, youll be well informed and the more you know about your meds, the better! I always advise everyone who comes on this thread to read through it all. When ur a pain management patient, knowledge is ur power and as a responsible pain management patient , you should know as much as u can n I find this thread to be the most informative thread amongst them all on the topic area

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Luvjazz, Thanks for the advice. I have recent MRIs, and xrays and it shows my back is a mess. I have been to two pain clinics at the advice of my pcp and was told we don't do meds that they would schedule me for the steroid inj's. which I told them they do not work. I have one more pain clinic near me that I am hopefully going to get a referral and pray they give meds. These places make you feel like a junkie and I am tired of being talked down to. I have a few actavis left from my surgery on my ankle and when they are gone I am s*** out of luck. I am in a panic because the pain is excruciating.

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Luvjazz Says:
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Find urself a reputable pain dr. Be able to back up ur health problems with test results, mri, ct scans. My husband had a prob. And since we did the above plus having his primary dr. Call plus write a letter, it worked. Qualitest stinks. Had an uphill battle at drug store but they ordered in actavis. We live in NJ which is 1 of the 3 most difficult states to get pain meds

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karol Says:
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The worse pain meds out there its like tylon sucks heArt hurtin in sever pain.need to recall thus junk activis.guess they will when someone sews em.what happened to the watson percet.the qualafast was workin niw cant get them.there just throwin junk around.

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Rammstein Fan Says:
 
Hi Jennifer, it was my fault. I have my prescriptions filled at walgreens except my pain meds which I have been getting at Shopco which carry Mals which work better for me. I had my husband take my script to be filled and he did not hear me when I told him to go to Shopko and went to walgreens so I got activis. You would not believe the people in Michigan that are unable to get the pain meds filled due to the strict enforcement on the new drug laws. If you go to the ER for pain they will not give you any meds, doctors are refusing to refill any pain meds for fear the may be prosecuted. It is crazy I am about ready to move to a different state. Thanks for your advice. Diane

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Rammstein fan.....if u go back to the dr who did ur surgery for ur ankle and give him ur actavis back, he wont write u a new script? I dont understand why the drs uve been seeing for ur meds for ur back wont continue to treat u? If u gave them ur actavis back, they wont write u a new script? Youve been on this thread for awhile now....u should know when u go to a pharmacy, ask what manufacturer they use for the med ur filling.....so ur not stuck with the Actavis after its too late.
JB, alot of us here have been taking endocet and they have worked better than anything else out there at the moment. Endocet is generic Percocet. I have wrote this before....there are 4 Walgreen s in my town....two of them will special order them for me, the others wont. So before ur script is due to be filled, you need to physically go into the walgreens and ask them if they have endocet....if not, will they order it for u so they will have it when u bring ur script in. If they say no....go to another walgreens. .....keep trying till u find one that will. Unless ur in their system, they wont answer u honestly over the phone so u have to go into the pharmacy. Also, some people say CVS will order them for u as well so u can go there n try them as well. Good luck!

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God n I thought NJ was bad. Every time u get a rx for pain meds, the state is informed. If u get an rx from a dr other then the 1st 1, even if u changed drs, the pharmacist calls both of them. At least the a**hole at our local chain store (its 2 words) my husband just turned 70, he has a rare disorder that is not treatable except w/ pain meds. He was not dr shopping. He changed drs cuz he went to 5 drs over 3 yrs. He finally was given a referral to a wonderful, kind n CARING pain dr. He prescribed something hubby never had before. 15 mg of oxycontin w/o tylenol. He was the 1st dr not intimidated.

NJ is 1 of the 3 most strict states for pain meds. Evidently urs is another. It took almost 3 yrs to get proper meds. We were finally able to c a neuropsyologist (?). He was diagnosed with small nerve fiber idiopathic neuropathy. Dr said in her career, shes only had 3 other patients with it. She is at. Jefferson neuroligical specialty hospital in philly. The jacka** pharmscist gave hubby a hard time. I called the H Q of the pharmacy n explained things. Totally

The next day the chain pharmacy mgr called. also told us they were out n would not have any for a week as they were out. the mgr spoke with me as i filed complaint n then hubby. Amazing when u tell them u r contacting ur elected officials n filing a complaint how apologetic they r n do the right thing. The store mgr was instructed to order the pills n always have them in stock. So, it took approx. 3 yrs to get the meds he so desperately needed. So, dont give up. Make calls, contact ur senators n dont give up. Best of luck to you!

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Rammstein Fan Says:
 
Oh my God it has gotten so crazy in Michigan that the doctors need to run a MAPS query on you before you can get any sort of pain medication. Both my PCP and neurologist will no longer prescribe pain meds due to a surgery I had last month to repair a broken ankle. My ortho prescribed percocet which was s***ty activis and now I am black balled and can not get my pain meds filled which I need for severe back pain caused by arthritis herniated discs scoliosis etc. The pain goes all the way down my right leg. They say that sense I had one doc prescribing pain meds which was temporary that they can not give me my pain meds I have been getting for several years. I don't know what to do, I went to a pain clinic and was told they only do steroid inj's. which I have had done 6 times with no relief. I am in tears is it like this in other states or is our state which have threatened to arrest doctors for prescribing too many pain meds so I can't blame them, this has really gotten out of hand when people in pain can't get any help because the government has gotten in our medical records. Does anyone have any suggestions. Thank you so much

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JB Says:
 
Has anyone found a pecocet 10-325 that works yet? I seem to only have a choice between Amneal and actavis. I used to get endocet which I liked but no one has it anymore. I have chronic pain and am so tired of purchasing meds that don't work!!

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Tina Says:
 
As all of the posts have indicated, Actavis Percocet bites. I have had a few abdominal surgeries, including a c-section recovery, lapro gall bladder and last summer, had to have my 6-pack muscles pulled back and cinched into place. My Dr. ALWAYS prescribes Percocet for my pain. It works like no other meds do. Morphine, hydrocodone and Tramadol don't work for me at all. But the oxy type meds do the trick. I didn't have a care in the world about brand, until recently. I am 7 months post op and I take a muscle relaxer that also acts as a partial pain med. However, during certain times of my school year, like when I am on my feet 20 hours a day, my muscles are so tight and painful, I get the occasional Percocet prescription. My family practice Dr. was in Germany for a month and I couldn't get into my clinic with anyone else for 2 weeks, so I had no choice but to bite it an go to Urgent Care. They prescribed me a small dose of Percocet. I took my script, went to the all night Walgreens and left with my 7.5/325 Percs. Took one, along with my muscle relaxer and went to bed. I didn't sleep all night. I got up, and took another................still no sleep. I got up, went about my day and took one more..................nothing. I finally decided these Percocets were NOT doing their job. Surprise, Surprise..............Activis 7.5/325. I did know that Activis had bought out Watson, because my muscle relaxers are Watson. Thank God they still work well. So, I went back to the pharmacy and they of course, told me there was nothing they could do and I would have to go back to the dr and get a different prescription if I wanted something different. Which meant back to Urgent Care, right? 2 nights in a row, sitting in the ER, the second just to get the dang prescription changed. It all worked out well, the Dr., (a different one from the night before) said that he knows that this happens with generics. He asked if I had the Activis with me, I handed it over and they dispensed of it. He then called in to the in house Pharmacy (along with the paper I needed to pick it up) just pure oxycodone. Worked like a charm. So, you are not all crazy! Activis Percocet sucks. A couple of words of help: 1) Walgreens orders as a complete unit, so ALL Walgreens have the SAME brands of whatever drug. This was verified by the Walgreen's pharmacist when I first went there to complain. 2) I don't get my prescriptions from Target, but from what I read on the internet, they usually carry different brand names than Walgreens. 3) IF you live far enough North where you might be able to get to a Shopko, their pharmacy will order you in a different brand name and they will get it overnight. This is straight from the Shopko pharmacist's mouth. 4) if you have to get your script changed, and you are covered by insurance and co-pay, if your Dr. prescribes the exact drug for replacement (and you with hopes of getting a different brand at a different pharmacy), your insurance company may not pay for that SAME prescription, since you just had it filled and you probably got a months supply, right? So, if you go the route I went and went from Percocet to just Oxycodone, no problem. They aren't the same thing, so the insurance company paid. Plus the paperwork from the hospital clearly stated that I forfeited my crappy Activis and would be picking up the Oxycodone from the hospital pharmacy. Hope that helps.

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Shawnee Says:
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Omg, I love reading all these posts! We are not confused. They have deliberately changed pain medications to stop drug abuse on the streets!! Those we truly need pain relief are screwed! I don't know how this can be legal. Someone needs to take a serious evaluation of this nightmare!! I complained to Endocet manufacturer, Qualitest. The Endocet 10/325's in Colorado are AWFUL!! They don't work for pain, and make you deathly tired! I will never get them again!

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Jennifer Says:
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Ive read some things on the peoples pharmacy site a few times as it came up in my searches. .....just like I wrote below in my "Munch" moment.....theyre not gonna do anything. .....we're a small crumb in their bakery. U seem to hv a pharmacist that builds relationships with his patients. ...my actual pharmacist is a miserable bastard who would rather not b bothered....but the firmer pharmacist who worked at my pharmacy was transferred to another location in my town and promoted to manager of the pharmacy there, well, he was awesome! Is awesome! Friendly, upbeat, helpful....blah blah, blah. ...hes the one who helped me originally with the endocet and every time I hv questions ir need to know something. ..I go to him and know hes gonna help.....but alot of the people here hv pharmacists that are aholes and not easy to talk to and if u try to talk to them, they treat u like an abuser instead of a pain patient trying to manage your pain in the best way possible. So sometimes, it best some of these people dont ask too many questions. ...and those who can and cant know who they are.

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Tracy Says:
 
Hmmm.....I think it turned into the Jennifer and Tracy show! Lol. I hear ya.....I have very little patience for stupidity. Misunderstanding or not understanding is one thing but, plain old stupidity.....drives me nuts. I'm talking more of what you see come out of someone with no common sense! Of course, no one would ever think I thought that if they were on the phone with me or standing in front of me......well, I guess it depends on who it is...LOL. But, I would never do it to a patient/patients family and THAT can be extremely difficult!

Hey, my pharmacist called me last night and he told me, over the phone of course, what they carried in generics, etc, etc. You know, everything we all have been talking about. Anyway, I had him put in my chart, my husbands and my 70 year old mothers' chart ABSOLUTELY NO ACTAVIS BRAND MEDS! I don't care what the med is. He also said Actavis is charging, his cost, 3 times more than anyone else that he stocks and something does not seem right at all there! Next, and I'm saying this for everyone's benefit, he wished people would ask questions like I do. And that I always ask damn good questions. Well, I research and read a lot! Nursing is what I enjoy and pharmaceuticals are a part of that. It interests me like a fictional novel interests most! I posted, on another thread, to everyone & I will say it here.....YOU HAVE TO BE IN CONTROL/BE THE HEAD OF YOUR OWN MEDICAL CARE. ASK QUESTIONS....TRULY ASK. IMHO, THE ONLY STUPID QUESTION IS THE ONE NOT ASKED. IE: WHEN A DOC CHANGES A PRESCRIPTION HE/SHE IS NOT ALWAYS GOOD AT TELLING PATIENTS TO STOP THE MED THE NEW ONE IS SUPPOSE TO REPLACE. I HAVE HAD MANY, ESPECIALLY ELDERLY, PATIENTS HAVE SEVERE ADVERSE REACTIONS BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T STOP A MED...JUST ADDED ONE. QUESTIONS MUST BE ASKED AND DON'T LET ANYONES ATTITUDE DETER YOU FROM ASKING! IT IS THEIR JOB.....WE CANNOT READ YOUR MIND!

anyway, I never heard back from Actavis after the lady told me another department would be calling me about refunding my $218 I spent on the actacrap! Oh my, WHY would they want to discuss that, right? Some people! I do not foresee a quick fix to the med problem. It took them b/t 5-7 years to fix the Wellbutrin XL 300 MG that some BiPolar and severely depressed people commit suicide because the meds "no longer worked" and they had had enough. The FDA approved the Wellbutrin XL300 based SOLELY on the analysis of the 150mg XL saying that since the 150's worked so would the 300's. EVERY med is suppose to be tested against the brand...doesn't matter if it's just a different MG! Oh, what did the FDA say about this, you ask? "We don't know how we approved that without it being tested!" Something to that effect. UN-FREAKING-BELIEVABLE!!! I read all this on The People's Pharmacy website.

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Jennifer Says:
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Tracy....I understood ya! Im a new yorker so I get it! Bold, straight forward, no sugar coating here. .....and I dont open my mouth unless im aware of what im talking about! And my patience for stupidy or trying to get one by me was lost long ago! Its funny, there were 2 other tracys on this site looong ago and at the time, they were regular checkins.....if either r u are reading this, hope ur doing well! Let us know! anyway.....have u checked out the link I posted? Is anyone still here besides myself n tracy? Lol

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