New Oxycontin Strenghts

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quahog
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   Posted 1/28/2008 7:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I just found out that starting on 1/29/08

There will be new strengths of Oxycontin available 15mg, 30mg, 60mg in addition to the others.

However, I imagine it will still be awhile before most pharmacies carry them.

Post Edited (quahog) : 3/10/2008 9:17:03 PM (GMT-6)


Raven67
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   Posted 1/28/2008 9:37 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi,

Thanks for the info.  I don't usually post here but do read many.  I post on the RA site and have been dealing with chronic pain for about 3 years.  My meds are listed below.  My MD has recently increased my dose of oxycontin to 40mg q 12 hours but I find that with three kids its too much.  I am staying with 20mg q 12 hours for now and was thinking of  talking to him about either something for breakthrough or a different dose of the oxy.  I think the 30mg would be good for me. 

I have pain in most major joints from the RA as well I have been a diabetic for many years and have severe neuropathy.  I've tried the Lyrica as well as Gabapentin, Tegretol and a few other of the anti-seizure meds they use for nerve pain but get lots of headaches-actually with the Tegretol I had a continuous headache for aboiut a month before we figured out what was causing it. 

Anyway, I've been in pain way too long and really want to be able to have some sort of quality of life.  The Diagnosis of RA has definetely changed my life but i will keep hoping that we will be able to find the right combination of meds and whatever else that will work for me.  Any suggestions would be welcomed and appreciated.

Take care,

Raven


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Current Diagnosis-Rheumatoid Arthritis, Insulin Dependent Diabetes, Osteoarthritis right knee, Osteoporosis. Stress!!!!!!
Current Meds-Methotrexate 20mg s/c weekly, Plaquenil 200 mg BID, Celebrex, Folic Acid daily, Cesamet, Oxycontin 20 mg BID, Lorazepam 2 mg dly Actonel weekly, Insulin-Humalog 35 units TID and Lantus 40 units BID, Calcium, Vitamin D


ReactiveConstellationNE
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   Posted 1/28/2008 11:50 PM (GMT -7)   
what i have heard, Quahog, is that those are acutally not new, they have been available from Purdue as the brand Oxycontin for a couple of years now. It's just new that the Teva generic Oxycodone ER are off the market as of the 29th and you may now be able to get coverage for the brand.....don't be too sure though, because the situation with MaineCare (if you're still on it) is very weird. They won't pay for the brand unless you had at least one PA granted for it (the brand type) prior to last June......weird.

I am currently switching to Methadone, with great results (the oxycontin, at least in the max dosage mainecare would pay for, never adequately controlled my severe pain).....I just hope that I can get an appropriate breakthrough medication, such as Fentora or Actiq, to go with it; I'm a bit concerned that at higher doses of methadone, my current dose of hydromorphone (dilaudid) won't be effective for breakthrough anymore.

Hey Quahog, I've been meaning to ask you.....do you attend the bi-weekly Chronic Pain Support Group at Midcoast Hospital in Brunswick (run by a Nurse Practicioner from Medical Rehabilitation Associates)?! I have been attending for the past two meetings and always wondered if you were one of the people there, or if you had ever attended in the past.....it would be great to meet you in person if I haven't already!

If you want to respond in private, you can always email me: x@xerces.com .......or just reply here on the board if you want! :-)
Conditions: Reactive Arthralgia (AKA Reiter Syndrome), Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome, Sacroiliitis, Costochondritis, widespread Tendonitis, severe back pain & spasms with numerous spinal problems, barely able to type anymore due to severe full-body runaway inflammation, and on and on. Typical daily pain levels exceed 8.5(!)

Medications: CURRENTLY CROSS-TAPERING (Methadone & Oxycodone ER), Dilaudid, Marinol & Medicinal (doctor-prescribed) Cannabis, Lidocaine Patches, Flexeril, Soma; many herbs & supplements.


Previous medications: Oxycontin, Opana ER (12 hour time releasd Oxymorphone, Endo Pharm.), generic Mylan Fentanyl patches (two 100mcg/hr patches worn simultaneously, changed every two days), Kadian, Avinza, MS Contin, Lortab (hydrocodone), OxyIR, Baclofen, Testosterone (oral, patches, gel), Cymbalta, Lyrica, Neurontin, Amitryptyline, every NSAID known to man, Prednisone....and many, MANY more.


quahog
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   Posted 1/28/2008 11:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for info Exit.

Actually I do get the brand name and have been doing so for years as my insurance (Not Mainecare) covers the brand name. The generic versions were terrible and I had all sorts of problems.

I spoke with Purdue Pharma recently and while they did have the patent for these they did not manufacture them for sale in the US. That is until now.

As for the support group no I don't attend. Brunswick is a bit of a drive for me. Although I do use MRA just not the Brunswick facility.

take care

Post Edited (quahog) : 1/29/2008 12:08:56 AM (GMT-7)


shortcake_727
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   Posted 3/10/2008 4:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi There!

The new dosages were posted on this forum on 1/29/08. I don't know why the other post has a March date, since the new dosages have been available for a couple of months now. Weird.

Take care,
Shortcake

quahog
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   Posted 3/10/2008 8:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I do apologize for any confusion but I recently updated my original post.

I was told that Oxycontin would come in a 5mg strength but upon further investigation it appears that it will not be available in the USA.

Mochiah
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   Posted 3/11/2008 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I think shortcake may be referring to my posts of additional strengths of Opana and OxyContin. I posted them from a Monthly Prescribing Index that I get (same one doctors use)....and I guess this explains why our doctors don't always know everything we do.....the info on new dosages weren't given to them until March.
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   Posted 3/11/2008 11:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Raven, until you can get set up with a BT med that works well for you, or a 30mg tablet, you could consider taking the 20mg q 8h instead. Essentially, this would be the same as 30mgs q 12h.
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Raven67
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   Posted 3/12/2008 3:00 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks Keah,

I'll be speaking to my Rheumy about options in a few weeks.  I am learning though that pain is such a personal thing.  Some with the same condition have considerably less pain that I do and that goes the other way as well, other have more. 

My Rheumy is not particularly keen on RX narcotics, but I've tried everything else and so far it's the only thing that gives me some relief.

Thanks Again

Raven


When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on!!!!
 
Current Diagnosis-Rheumatoid Arthritis, Insulin Dependent Diabetes, Osteoarthritis right knee, Osteoporosis. Stress!!!!!!
Current Meds-Methotrexate 20mg s/c weekly, Plaquenil 200 mg BID, Celebrex, Folic Acid daily, Cesamet, Oxycontin 20 mg BID, Lorazepam 2 mg dly Actonel weekly, Insulin-Humalog 35 units TID and Lantus 40 units BID, Calcium, Vitamin D

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