Ok Family....I have asked about this before but I now have new information.... I have been wanting to change from Methadone to something else for a while now...I just learned about Opana ER and was concerned that my TennCare wouldn't cover it...Well, I just found out that it is on the Preferred Drug List....Yippee!! So, at least I have something I can take...
Now, does anyone take Opana ER? And what do you think about it?
I also saw where the conversion was .5 from Methadone to Opana ER...I think that means that I can take half the mg. of Opana ER than the Methadone....so I take 120 mg. Methadone...I would be able to only take 60 mg. Opana ER? Right?
Any help I would love...
I have been a spectator for so long..Now it's time to participate.......
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome, Spinal Stenosis, DDD....
1999 Hemi Lamenectomy/2005 Spinal Fusion(L4-S1)
Methadone 120 mg. a day/ 30 mg. Oxycodone as needed(up to 4 x a day)
High Blood Pressure: Lisinopril HCTZ 10 mg. daily
Type 2 Diabetes: (March 16, 2009)
Metformin HCL ER 1000 mg. at night..Glipizide 10mg. 2X in the morning
Lantus 35 units at bedtime with Solostar Pen
Carmen~*~*~Chronic Pain Moderator
DX-Chronic Pain due to two freak car accidents, Pancreatic Divisum,Fibromyalgia, Asthma, Depression w/anxiety, Migraines
Meds- Suboxone 16mg for pain, Cymbalta 60mg, Lyrica 50mg, Imitrex 100mg PRN,Ibprofen 800mg PRN, Ventolin Inhaler PRN, Visteril PRN
This is exactly what I was hoping for...stories about someone using Opana ER..and especially from someone that took Methadone first....That was very helpful
I did try to change to Morphine from Methadone once but the Doc didn't taper me before starting me on the Morphine so it was a disaster!!!! I was on 120 mg. Methadone and he put me on 120 of Morphine...I thought he was a specialist in Pain Management...at least, that's what it says on his info. page.....so I was shocked by how he handled it.
He wrote me Opana (regular kind) when it was hard to find the Oxycodone but I couldn't afford $700 for a months worth...I didn't have insurance at the time. Now that I know that TennCare covers it I might try it...Would I have to have both scripts at first? To start the tapering? I know that the ER kind is like Oxycontin as far as it being Timed Released...but other then that....are they alike?
I know NOTHING about Hydromorphone or Oxymorphone...only what I've read....so any knowledge is greatly appreciated..
Thanks for all the info and experiences...it helps me.