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!
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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.