Xtampza Er Users Effectiveness

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Lynx Says:
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I need ppl who have tried the new Xtampza er med to tell me if it works the same as oxycontin? I need to switch so I wanted to know the strength of the new med in comparison.


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Verwon Says:

Hello, Lynx! How are you?

It contains Oxycodone as its active ingredient, just like Oxycontin, it is a little stronger, so the comparable dose is usually a few milligrams lower than Oxycontin.

The FDA warns that it still carries the risk of being habit forming and may cause side effects, such as nausea, dizziness, headache, dry mouth and constipation.

Is there anything else I can help with?

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Lynx Says:
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Yes I am just concerned about the difference in the abuse deterrent added to the Xtampza compared to that is added to oxycontin.
When Purdue added their abuse deterrent it actually lowered the effectiveness of the med. So wondering if the new Xtampza will be effected significantly by their type of abuse deterrent. From researching it says the two meds have a different abuse deterrent, therefore I was hoping maybe xtampza has a better one that will not have a lowering of effectiveness.
Oxycontin in its original formula without the deterrent was soooo much better, it is a shame they ruined it by adding that stuff. For those of us in chronic severe pain & no hope of getting better a reliable, effective med is an absolute miracle. Can make the difference in actually being able to hold onto our lives.

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JJ Says:
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Ok, so today my Dr Gave me my usual OXYCODONE 30mg, 4 times a day, and I was taking MSCONTIN 60mg which I do not like at all! Made me very sleepy.. so he gave me a prescription for Xtampza ER 27mg. I will keep you posted on how it is tonight, but the cool part is that it saved me a lot of money, because the company offered a copay card and my first fill is nothing, zero! After that it will be $25.00. The cool part is I have a $250 deductible through my insurance, and even though it will start over in January, that card from the med company has $1,000 on it, which will pay for that deductible which is really cool! That will last until June 2017, after that it will be my copay of $40.00.. so ask you Dr about it. So here is what I know:
Xtampza ER - 9mg = 10mg Oxycodone HCL
Xstampza ER - 13.5mg = 15mg Oxycodone
Xtampza ER- 18mg = 20mg Oxycodone HCL
Xtampza ER - 27mg = 30mg Oxycodone HCL
Xtampza ER- 36mg = 40mg(which doesn't exist in Oxycodone HCL)
I haven't tried OxyContin, but I'm pretty sure it's about the same as Oxycodone IR HCL

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Lynx Says:
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JJ thanks for info, personally my ins not cover so I got better with patient assistance that is FREE scripts delivered to your door by UPS cost free. Have taken it for month now but find it not as effective as the oxycontin was. It works but not as well. Funny the warning says take with food so not too high amounts in your plasma but it makes no difference to me. I was thinking if I took without food it might work better? But not so. Am so disappointed about effectiveness, yet so happy with assistance financially.
Wish I knew a way to make it more effective on my pain. The dr won't increase because of laws now won't allow him without retribution which is so wrong on so many levels so guess will need deal with extra pain. WRONG but a fact our gov has made definite...

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yourfingers Says:

Please post any noted changes please for the rest of us. Thanks.

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CJ Says:
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Verwon- your info that the xtampza er is supposed to be stronger than Oxycontin is not true in my experience. Idk if it's due to my genetic make up or what but for me it is the opposite. I have tried taking with or without food but it is same either way. For me it simply is a"watered down" version of oxycontin, it simply does not take pain away. It is a shame that Purdue changed their qualifying income levels for oxycontin because I definitely would still be taking that. Due to these new gov laws and restrictions apparently it has effected drug companies too, I had been in their assistance program for over ten years then they changed the income qualification level so that I no longer am in that level. They wouldn't make any exception when I talked to the supervisors there. Bummer that I am one suffering, thanks to our greedy government.


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JT Says:
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I went from methodone to xtampza er 27 mg twice daily and this sucks, it doesn't work well at all, I'm in constant pain and nothing relieves it, my doctor is making me try this for at least a couple of weeks. I'm counting down the days......oh yeah this headache that has come with it is just down right crazy.........

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Db Says:

My insurance company (United) just forced me to switch from oxycontin to xtampza er. The comparable dose doesn't work AT ALL.

Xtampza is clearly propaganda to force legitimate chronic pain sufferers to use inferior medication. Total BS. Oxycontin has worked very well for me for years at the same dose. Stop f'ing with my health and pain levels!

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NurseAnon Says:

These changes are forced by the CDC and federal guidelines. The insurance companies have jumped on the bandwagon as per the "opioid epidemic" it's absurd. If you need to get back on your oxycontin, then you'd have to jump through several hoops as per your insurance company in order for them to do a prior authorization and an appeal process; mind you, this process could take weeks to months.

To be fair, most of my patients with the switch have noted better efficacy than using oxycodone or oxycontin of comparable dose. The only kicker is, you have to take it with food.

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TOMMY Says:

My insurance co. forced me to switch to xtampza. I opened a pill to taste the powder and it had no taste at all. I believe it should be bitter. I think it's fake. I'm gonna get a u/a to check it, unless somebody knows what it should taste like or knows a better way to check it?

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Christine Says:
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Tommy if you had Xtampza er cked pls let us know....I have found it does not work anywhere near like oxycontin. I actually cannot feel relief at all most times, whereas oxycontin absolutely hit the pain like a miracle for me when correct dosage. I have not tried taking a larger dose to see if that helps because am afraid of the deterrant in it.
Nurse A I have tried taking with or without food but makes no difference, so why do they say it must be taken with food?
I honestly would like to see if it truly is oxycodone time released or if it is a scam.
Please any one with verified info share.....

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CiaoBella Says:

Oh my, I am in the exact same predicament! I have been taking OXY 80s 3x a day for over 10 years and all of a sudden United Health Care decided they wont cover it anymore!! I have tried Opana, MS Contin, and now Xtampsa. I cannot believe that they are allowed to destroy lives this way. I went from being able to get out of bed and actually function back to where I was when I originally broke my back!! I will post my experience with Xtampza as I start taking it today. I am terrified and completely stressed. My anxiety is through the roof. Thanks UCH. Another life destroyed for your greed. God bless y'all who are in this same boat. I'll update my experience with Xtampza in 2 weeks.

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CiaoBella Says:

Lynx~your description "hold on to our lives" is perfect. That is what I do day to day...Try to hold on one more day, and now THIS. Be blessed.

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KenieSKoby Says:
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Ciaobella,
Have you ever considered switching to a longer transdermal delivery type opioid type medication rather then relying on orally based formulations??your pain management specialist has a host of modern pharmaceutical
agents Available in the treatment of severe intractable pain patients.You deserve to have your pain adequately treated.Best of luck in your journey.

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A Fan Says:
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I've had to switch from oxycontin to xtampza er, & I'm struggling with it. If you take it as directed it feels like 3-3.5hours after it starts to work, but if you get 8-9 hours of relief from it, I'd be suprised. I don't! I have been very disappointed with changing.

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CiaoBella Says:

KenieSKobie,
Thank you for the reply. After my double fusion I was prescribed Fetnyl patches but it has been some time since I have had them. What is available transdermally? I am truly open to whatever my PM doc recommends although he hasn't mentioned longer acting transdermals. I have been on the Xtampza for a full day now and have had to increase my oxy IR (per my doctors approval!) because the Xtampza er is NOT working. In addition, it is written for twice a day MAX where I was taking oxycontin 3 times a day A Fan~how long have you been taking Xtampza ER? I am really sorry to hear it isn't helping you!. I am hoping to hear about my 3rd appeal tomorrow. Fingers crossed.
Be blessed y'all and thank you again KenieS

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A Fan Says:
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I'm on month #2, & it's been miserable. I gave it a fair chance, with a open mind, & the Dr dosent believe in withdrawals. He switched meds & dosing (cutting out 60mg) & doesn't seem to care. Which I'm beginning to believe is the part these Dr's don't care. I'm sure if they understood it's not the medication, it's the limited time frame that relieves a majority of the pain, to function as a regular person, is whats addicting. Sure theres people that abuse it, but its a small % of those who need it, they wouldn't be so quick to judge.

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Tommy Says:
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United Healthcare force me to switch to Xtampza I was prescribed 60 pills of 27 mg er,,, it seems to me that it doesn't start working till 3 hours later after taking it,,, but i wasn't receiving any pain relief unless I took two at a time,,, and I would compare that to taking 3 Percocets

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Tj Says:
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That's just what I was looking for to know if it was safe to take two of these xtampza's at a time. One is not helping in the least. Thank you!

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Lisa Says:
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I am in the same boat I totally understand and want to get involved somehow in calling the DEA the ones who make these ridiculous regulations that affects everyone especially those who have legitimate pain are not addicts and desperately need relief. I am just getting ready to start on this new form of Oxycontin and it doesn't sound encouraging I have been approved by my insurance company for the past couple of years for three 60 milligram Oxycontin a day now this doctor who is so afraid to lose her license which is ridiculous will only prescribe this new stuff. I'm just getting started

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