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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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Tracy Says:
 
We are all in the same boat, Martin. Actavis, from what I found out when they were making hydrocodone ( lortab, Vicodin, Norco, etc) has been using inferior ingredients in their meds....hence the reason it does not work and is causing so many side effects. I changed, yesterday, from hydrocodone to oxycodone because of the side effects ( headache, nausea, irritability, etc) and this oxycodone from Actavis is just as bad or worse than the hydro where S/E's are concerned. I have to take them for the next 29 days so I have to just deal with it.....but, next month I will have my pharmacy stock Qualitest oxycodone since they do work without all the side effects. I don't believe, since Actavis bought Watson, anyone can get ahold of Watson brand anymore. This is all ridiculous! How can they get away with using inferior products and yet charge out the nose for the med? It is ridiculously expensive! And not worth it!

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Tracy Says:
 
Hi, Jan and Lola. I, also, am taking oxycodone and am having horrible headaches and sick stomach like I did with hydrocodone..... I was given the Actavis brand this time. Endocet does not work for me very well but Watson worked great. I know Watson is no longer available because Actavis bought their mfct company. The same problems were happening with the hydrocodone a year or two back from Actavis. I heard they are using inferior products to make their lortabs (hydrocodone) and I am gathering it is now the same problem with the Percocet. I have had oxycodone made by Qualitest and, so far, they seem to be the best. I just got my rx yesterday so I have to put up with this for a month....but, I am going to ask my pharmacy to stock Qualitest for me. It is pretty sad that we pay so much money for inferior products! My rx yesterday cost me $218 and they aren't worth the paper the script was written on! I got them at Walgreens. My local, small family pharmacy charges about $70 for the same script! How in the heck can there be such a vast difference in price between pharmacies? Hydrocodone is around $40 for the same amount of pills. It's crazy! I hope everyone gets their meds straightened out soon! Like I said, I have a whole month to go and, though I'm not experiencing withdrawals, I have many side effects!

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Jennifer Says:
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FYI...Dont quote me, but I think Qualitest is the same company that makes or is associated with brand Percocet and endocet.

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Jennifer Says:
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SAD IN CT.....if you read through this entire thread...and I know its long, you will find the answer to your question along with so much more you never knew that will open your eyes. Theres so much info filled in the posts from myself and others that will make you so much more knowledgeable about your pain management care, meds, pharmaceutical companies, Actavis and more! Its worth the reading!

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CO Susie Says:
 
Thank you so much for signing the petition. We need every signature we can get. It has gone too far now. If we don't do something we are all going to be without our meds. I am so angry that I have a problem every month or so with my meds. It's bad enough being sick, I don't need heartache from the pharmacy almost every time I go.
I know that they are all afraid that they are going to be "closed down" because of the government agencies harassing them. They need to realize that isn't going to happen, because the DEA or FDA isn't going to take on a large corporation, because the large corporations have power with their congressman.

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sad in ct Says:
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The same thing just happened to me! Rite aid gave it to me and didn't inform me about the change and now im stuck with them! Im so upset. Living with pain is hard and the little relief I get from my pain meds has now been taken away! How can just a different brand of the same ingredients not work? I hope this helps others before it happens to them also!

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Kari Says:
 
I signed the petition... I also filed a formal complaint to the FDA the moment Watson was pulled 8 months ago and they never contacted me as it was stated that they would. Shocking. I wrote on here 7 months ago and I think it's wonderful that everyone is still fighting! I also say about 10 posts down that Roxy said in all caps QUALITEST BRAND IT GOOD/ THE BEST, something alone those lines... she is SO RIGHT!!!! The problem... SO HARD TO FIND!!!! If you can find this brand, GET IT. Most pharmacies won't tell you over the phone what brand they have because they have been trained that if someone calls and asks what brand you carry they could be poaching a trap that the person's real question is confirming that you actually have ANY there at all so they can steal them, because ya know- criminals take precedence over patients! But if you go and ask IN PERSON they will tell you because your shiny face is on camera, you know it's none of the big guys- Walmart, Target, Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid... It's hiding in privately owned pharmacies and HOSPITAL pharmacies- that's where I get it. In Richmond, it's at Stony Point Pharmacy. If you are physically able to- it's worth popping your head into any local apothecary or drug story or hospital pharmacy you can think of and just word is such as "Do you carry Qualitest manufactured Oxycodone 5/325?" That way they don't have to give anything away and you sound knowledgeable. (BIG unfortunate with them, they ONLY make 5/325) KEEP ON KEEPING ON ALL- WE'LL FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT BECAUSE WE KNOW WE'RE RIGHT!!!!

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CO Susie Says:
 
Thank you so much for signing. If you can get others to do the same, that would be great also.

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CO Susie Says:
 
I will ask her, I don't think she would have a problem with another site. But I'll sure check with her.

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Rammsteinfan Says:
 
I was wondering if Marianne has thought about putting the petition on Care2Causes. I think she would get a better response as I am constantly getting requests to sign petitions through that site. If she wants I can try and set up an account to get a petition started, we need to do something to show the feds we are not happy with their decisions involving OUR health.

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Jennifer Says:
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Hi lisa m.....im still takin endocet n still the same...im doing ok on them. I wish I had the same results as u with one refill feelin stronger than others....mine are all the same. I wonder how lola is as well. Haven't heard from her here for awhile as well as the other lisa? I hope they're all ok!

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Rammsteinfan Says:
 
I signed the petition and hope it does some good. They really need to review their policies and stop making us jump through hoops to get the meds we need.

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Lisa M Says:
 
Pessimist, I have Interstitial Cystitis and the name brand percocet 10/325 fillers bothered me, I switched to Endocet and I am great on them. I have a very hard time with fillers and I find the endocet work better then name brand. They are made my the same company but the pharmacists said the fillers used are different.

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Lisa M Says:
 
Hi Jennifer, how are you doing with the Endocet? I am still on them and doing great. haven't heard from Lola, hope all is well. Strange is I think this last refill is stronger, that seems to happen off and on but I had that with Watson also.

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CO Susie Says:
 
Rammsteinfan
I was right, they are reviewing my post before it's shown. Please page back down and review it when it does appear.
I think you are so completely correct in your statements about what is going on.

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CO Susie Says:
 
Rammsteinfan,
You have so many good point, but I want to give you this information in the meantime because I think they will hold this post for review. A lady, Marianne in AZ has developed a petition to try to get some lawmakers on our side, because this problem is nationwide and we are starting to pay a ridiculous price for the Federal governments stupidity. Please click on the petition, every signature is important. You will notice that the petition is address to the federal government along with the State of AZ governments. The petition will be adjusted to include each state that people sign on, that way all interested people have their state notified along with the federal.

petitions.moveon.org/sign/stop-the-judgement-of?source=c.em.cp&r_by=10582339

We have to get something going for ourselves, or we are going to end up with no medical care and no medications that we need to function.

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Rammsteinfan Says:
 
So how is everyone handling the new FDA rules classifing Hydrocodone from a class III to a class II medicine. I am very confused over the whole thing. They are making people who have chronic pain jump threw hoops to get our medication. Doctors are being watched carefully as to the amount of opioids they prescribe and can be charged with a crime should they exceed the amount given to patients. Patients are being labeled as druggies (pillbillies) and are refused meds because they are being watched under the MAPS program here in Michigan. Doctors are to run a MAPS diagnostic on every patient they prescribe meds to. That shows what they are on and what they were on previously. If you have gotten pain meds within the last 3 months you can not get your meds. This whole thing has to do with pillbillies and teens who have gotten into pain meds illegally so now the rest of us have to suffer. I am not sure if the laws in Michigan which are very strict differ from other states but I would appreciate any feedback you can give. Does anyone know how many pills a doctor can prescribe in one prescription. I know here we have to go to the doctor every time we need a refill and pick up a new prescription if we are lucky. That really puts a burden on those of us who do not have insurance and have to pay at least $100 for an office visit. This whole thing is just a way for the gestapo government to get into and control our medicine cabinets. I am Mad as hell!!!

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Roxy Says:
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Hey Jan & Lola...QUALITEST is tha ONLY GOOD BRAND I've found&now Rite Aid DOES NOT CARRY IT! UGH! Did you both find a pharmacy that has the Qualitest brand NOW???

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CO Susie Says:
 
Jennifer,
Oh, so it's kinda like Lyrica. Just use it for whatever you want LOL. My husband says he can't tell any difference since he's been taking it. He has an appointment this month, so we are going to ask his doctor if she has something else or for her to just take him off of it.

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Jennifer Says:
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Gabapentin is actually a seizure medication. ..drs use it off label for pain...its suppose to basically stop the pain signals from reaching ur brain...almost like its tricking it...hiding the fact ur in pain...only way I can explain it. My dr gives me that too n it doesnt do anything for me really.

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