Laid Off From Job. No Insurance. Been On Oxycontin 60 For 4 Years Can't Afford It Now. What Are The Alternative Medications? (Page 2)

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I was laid off from my job after 18 years!!! I have been taking OxyContin 60 for over 5 years now for chronic pain. I have applied to Purdue for their patient assistance program to receive free OxyContin. Dr. Has been in touch with them but it takes at least four weeks to receive the medication. She is presently looking up the alternative medications that I can take in between now and the delivery of my medication from Purdue. Can anyone help me with the alternatives? I'm a wreck and so worried that whatever I'm going to be given will not work as well as the OxyContin 60.



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Tim Says:
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I'm not so sure about all that, I was prescribed oxycontin 80mg. And I got to tell you 1 80mg oxy.( the old ones) is much better than 3 30 mg. Oxycodin. I take diludid 8mg now. Blue's, can't even tell I did it, It might barely get me well if I'm sick, don't work like the old oxycontin.

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Pablo Says:
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If you are not able to get the oxy...try and get tramadol in high doses will hold you - also subutex will hold you as well
You won't get the nice high you get from oxy but it will stop you going into a rattle or withdrawal when your brain n body realise that there friend oxy has gone they panic so you need a substitute. Also I have came off oxy this way using tramadol over a 2 week period - anyway if you can't get tramadol or subutex then methadone or smack is the only alternative to functioning on oxy it's a powerful drug.

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I've been through w/d to many times to count over the last 16 years, I use my pain meds responsible now cause I don't wish this in anybody. I've tried tramadol, didn't get any relief, as it's not a opioid. The only true way is to get some type of opioid. Slowly lowering your dose. Sometimes it's hard. Friends and family may be able to help get something in your system. I see a pm Dr. every 28 days, and I got 5 more days till my next apt. I can see I'm not going to have quite enough to get through, so I'm taking a smaller dose than normal cause taking 3 times a day instead of 6 a day won't give me the pain relief I need, but will keep me from going into w/d..

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Traci Says:
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True, tramadol isn't an opioid but it does apparently have some action on the mu opioid receptor, which I imagine is why it helps with withdrawal a little bit.

Btw, the guy who posted that duragesic and the Watson generic have diff amounts of fentanyl seems to be confused. For a generic to bbe approved, it must be proven to be bio-equivalent, which means, among other things, that the amount of the active ingredient in your blood is the same as it is with the brand name version.


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Roro Says:
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Here is the american cancer society webpage that lists resources to help cover the cost of prescription medications:

cancer.org/treatment/finding-and-paying-for-treatment/understanding-health-insurance/if-you-have-trouble-paying-a-bill/prescription-drug-assistance-programs.html

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Chris Says:
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Re: P450 (# 20)

Generic medication does not "have less" medicine. Generic simply means the branded medication's patent ran out and now other companies are allowed to make it and sell it. Generic are exactly the same as brand medications. Don't worry.

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