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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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lyn Says:
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Thank you all for your comments. At least I am not alone. And it is not me but the sell out Watson ti an INDIA company. Who really knows what we are taking. I know I had to get back on my stomach pills due to the side effect. I am wondering if doctors know this new percocet is not working? This new stuff is not working it seems for so many. I wish I could afford the real pill and not the generic. I just know it is not helping my pain go away

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Jennifer Says:
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Hey guys. ..hope all is well! I just came across this article...its lengthy but has alot of info on this anti abuse formula n how it works n more. Check it out. I found it interesting so I figured u all would as well. popsci.com/science/article/2013-05/science-un-abusable-oxycontin

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Sick of Actavis Says:
 
Alvogen...a close second to Watson....working fine for me.

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Martin Says:
 
Wow quiet on here,

Anyways update from me. I am on the Mallinkrodt and keeping my fingers crossed so far so good. They work decent for pain. Not as good as Watson but they do work. And hardly any side effects. Maybe some constipation so far. been on them a week. The biggest thing with Mallinkrodt is I feel like they give me more energy or more importantly dont make me tired in the morning. So that is a big plus. I think that we all react differently to diff meds but so far the Mallins work well for me.
Anyone else?

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Sick of Actavis Says:
 
My sister just had surgery on Monday and they prescribed Hydrocodone for her. I went to the pharmacy in the hospital and they manufacturer they had was Qualitest. Then the doctor prescribed Dilaudid in its place for better relief and the manufacturer was Mallinkrodt...anyway, it occurred to me that the way to go is probably to take my prescription it to a hospital pharmacy next time I get it filled...it appears the hospitals are not ordering from Actavis, as cost is not a factor in their order.

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Tracy Says:
 
Just Read through all these comments about The Generic Percocet by Actavis. I will try RiteAid next month based on all the feed back. I just went on last month after being on many pain meds for the last 11 yrs for back issues. I have had the worst stomach aches and felt like my stomach is just on fire most of the time. I had no idea it could be linked to the maker etc. Thanks for all the post and good luck to all that suffer this terrible wheel of pain.

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Lola Says:
 
Hi Martin, sorry to hear about not being able to get the dilaudid. I was also going to ask my pm doctor about getting those too. I see him this Monday but now I may not even ask. I am still taking the percodan but would also like something for break through pain now. Seems if I do more I am in pain more. Still am pining for the Watsons can you believe that even after all this time. Martin I believe Jan takes the Mallinkrofdt maybe she can tell you if they are still working for her. I know some people like them and others hate them calling them mallincrap lol. But maybe they will work for you. Let us know when you can if you have any side effects etc. I am going to ask for percocet again so I will be looking for another manufacturer as well. I don't know if my pm doctor is going to keep me on the Watson percodans forever.

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Martin Says:
 
Hi Ya'll:

Well I had my 3 month appt today. I had a minor stroke a month ago due to high BP. The watsons used to reduce my BP. The new meds didnt. So I asked for Oxycodone IR with just 10-15 Dilaudids for emergency when my headache and pain get to a 9 (2-3 weeks) that puts my life in jeopardy. I had a PA and she had to ask the doctor. The doctor said no becasue they would be "inappropriate". I asked why but they could not explain. Not a happy camper. So back to Percocet 10-325's. I get my meds at the hospital now. They carry Mallinkrodt. I hope they work. I will let you guys know how they work for me. Anyone taking Mallinkrodt? Sad that I cannot get the proper pain relief becasue of drig addicts. Thats America today yay!

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sara Says:
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Martin-tey the Norco 10 by qualitest. You may not have the heart racing and the pain management is better

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Jennifer Says:
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Mary, Generic or brand doesnt matter in pain relief. ...Watson's were a generic n if u read through all the posts n threads, u will find Watson's were the best when in need of pain relief. ...unfortunately, those are no longer an option anymore. The best thing for u to do is read thru the threads n see what pain meds people have taken in their search for a new pain relief medication n how well it worked. Then come to ur own conclusion on which to try but dont wait till u need it...do ur research assp. Some of these meds are hard to find n u may have to h o from one pharmacy to another to find the one that carries what ur looking for....for example. ..ive been taking endocet. I had to reach out to every pharmacy in town n not only till I contacted the last one on my lidt did I find what I needed. Goid luck!

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Jan Says:
 
Hi Mary,
From what I've heard on this forum, the fact that it's generic doesn't seem to make much difference. You may be able to speak to a pharmacist, about the pill being too large. I wish you the best with your recovery.

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Mary Says:
 
My husband just had his RX filled for Percocet, I have not filled mine..I had to take one of his for pain of replaced disk. If I do not get the generic will that make a difference in my pain pill??? I really am upset to finally get my back fixed and need pain meds for about 4 more month and the Percocets were working until April and I do not have Watson on the pill and it is oblong and I can not swallow so had to break it apart. Any suggestion's?

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Rammsteinfan Says:
 
Hi Jennifer, that is what I should have done. I did ask the pharmacist why the script was filled with activist when I asked for them not to use that. He said he did not know who I spoke with but they don't operate that way, so I took the meds and left. I have a call into my doc to see if he can give me something different, just waiting for a call back. This Percocet is crap, I might as well take tums. I will never go back to Walgreens again and am looking for a pharmacy that carries actual pain meds after my doc calls me back. Thank you so much for your advice, you have been a great help.

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Jennifer Says:
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Ramsteinfan....why did u leave Walgreen s with the actavis? Especially when u told them no Actavis? Before u hand in a script to any pharmacy...ASK THEM FIRST who is the manufacturer of the meds ur script is written for....if they say Actavis. ...dont leave ur script there! And avoid Walgreens cause they are all using Actavis Percocet. There are very few that may have something else. There is one Walgreen s by me that had endocet.....I knew the pharmacist when I called n got lucky! No other Walgreen s knew the other had the endocet . If you go back a few pages, u will see a post I made about finding endocet n another pharmacist at another Walgreen s hsd the same issue with Actavis n had no clue a sister store had what he needed all along. The only thing I could suggest is talk to ur pm dr n see if he'll write u something else if u turn in what u have to him. I would also raise hell at the pharmacy since u told them no Actavis. ....id even tell em both its giving u an allergic reaction. ....if u tell a pharmacist no Actavis n he gives it to u anyway......thats a big no no! How does he know ur not allergic to that med n will end up in a hospital? He could b in deep sh*t if that were the case. That is the only thing I could think of. Maybe someone else here have other suggestions on what u can do at this point?

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Rammsteinfan Says:
 
Oh crap just picked up my script for Percocet from Walgreens hoping it was not made by Actavis, I even requested the pharmacy not to give me meds made by them. Low and behold pick it up and the bottle screams ACTIVIS. The pharmacist said they do not carry anything but meds made by this fly by night company. So I tried taking 2 NO relief. I will be going to a different pharmacy next month but what do I do for the next 30 days especially if I need to take more than prescribed. This really sucks, I had ankle replacement and I scream in pain when I try and walk. God get me through this.

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Jennifer Says:
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Hi sick of Actavis. .....welcome to our 22 pages of cries, knowledge, investigations, manufacturers, trial n errors n so forth. If u start from the beginning of this thread n read thru. ..u will find us posting about everything you have mentioned. ...you will learn some other things you may not have come across in ur searches as well. I advise everyone new to this thread to read all posts from day one. It may prevent you from being in more agony than u already may b in. I think all of us who have been updating this thread as a whole, have tried every manufacturer of 10/325 Percocet out there n u can read the outcome of each one. It will help u in choosing one to help in ur search for pain relief. We're all pretty good in sharing updates n from what ive come across on this website, this thread may have the most info to help u. As far as myself, im still on the endocet. Im finding some days my pain is less than others....its never consistant....and its never near as controlled as it was with Watson. The less active I am, the better. Unfortunately, I am in so much pain when im up and about, that I avoid it at all costs....and it is a cost I pay dearly for. Im tired of the unavoidable moans n noises that I blurt out when im moving around in pain. Im 37 tomorrow, yet I move like a 70 yr old. Not an attractive site I might add...n its quite embarrassing but its beyond my control.

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Martin Says:
 
Hi Jan, Jen, Lola and all my friends here,
I have my next RX on 6/12. Not sure what to get. Prolly Percocet Mallinkroft. I dont see many better options. Dont know if I havet time to fish around for Endocet. Watson does make Norco 10's but they make my heart race. Sepaking of heart, when I took the Percocet by Actavis it made my heart spasm. Thought I was gonna die. Please be careful. The odd thing is I take xanax for anxiety. Just looked on the bottle and it says Actavis. It actaully works ok. Go figure. So it depends on the drug AND the manufacturer. I hope everyone is finding relief and is well

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Rammsteinfan Says:
 
Hello Lola, I get my Norco from Walgreens also. The pills are marked with the Watson name but from what I have been reading on these posts they were bought out by Activis but are still using the Watson name. So don't be fooled, the pills are still not as strong as the "real" Watson. Good luck with your pain management I hope the Norco's work for you.

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Sick of Actavis Says:
 
That's the key....as you present the prescription, ask who their manufacturer is....if its Actavis, go someplace else. If you call ahead, the employees are instructed to not give any information over the phone. I called ahead for mine and they said they were out. So I went to about six or seven pharmacies (all had that cheap crap Actavis) and then it occurred to me that maybe the first pharmacy wasn't telling me the truth. I went back to the pharmacy who had previously filled it with ALVOGEN and *SURPRISE* they had the ALVOGEN. They told me they can't give out information over the phone because someone might be looking to steal drugs. Well I hope whomever is looking steals all the Acavis on the market ~ better yet, they can have it!

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Jan Says:
 
I am sorry to hear about the stroke Martin. I hope you get something to help regulate your pressure. I still have the bad pain days as well. I had my spinal epidural today, and will have to see how it goes in the days to come. I'm still using Malinckrodt brand and it's just ok. I got it at Raley's last month and this month at U.C.D. pharmacy. I asked what they had, before I let them do the refill. I always ask now. Well, it's good to hear from you. I will let everyone know how the epidural worked.

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