i'm new to this particular site, but thought i'd throw my two cents in about kadian. i have been taking kadian for about 2 weeks; so far, so good. i started @ 10mg. once a day w/ norco for bt pain. my current schedule is:
1 kadian (10mg) twice a day
1 750/750 vicodin 4x's a day prn
1 .25 xanax 4x's a day prn
searching for an antidepressant
before i switched to the kadian, i was on the fentanyl patch....I DO NOT RECOMMEND THE PATCH TO ANYONE!!! fentanyl is the generic, duragesic is the brand name. the withdrawals were excruciating and the patch in general made me an emotional trainwreck.
also...if you DO decide to go forward w/ the kadian, another chronic pain site i visit forwarded me to kadian's website, and you can get a card in the mail ( i got mine yesterday) for "co-pay assistance up to $50/month. my copay is only $30, but now it is free until the end of this year.
hope that is helpful---wishing you a pain free day---
3 bulging discs in low back and DDD