Posted 7/30/2008 7:10 PM (GMT -6)
I am sorry to hear you are feeling so crummy. I have used percocet for my "maintenance" med throughout the years, but with flares several times, my doctor has temporarily put me on oxycontin in addition to the percocet. I will say that I would NEVER want to switch to just the oxy. I do find that using the two in conjunction seems to increase my relief, but when I first started with it I tried to not take the BT med (percocet) and it absolutely didn't work! It does help when I take it in addition to taking regular doses of the BT - then it seems to level out the amount of med in my system and I don't have as many of the "lows" between doses of the BT.
One warning for you on the cost, too... I started with 10mg and had to bump up to 20mg 2x/day with this latest flare and I found out that the 20mg meds were a higher co-pay for me! That surprised me. The 10mg were a pretty high co-pay like you had since only the brand name is available, but I'd assumed I would have the same co-pay on the 20mg. Not so - it went up. It was almost double what the 10mg co-pay was. If I you have to pick between the two, I'd definitely see if your doc will let you go back to the Norco if they are working for you. Why mess with success, right?
Best of luck to you! I hope your appointment goes well tomorrow.