Stupid Pain Medication Question

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   Posted 9/28/2008 10:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone!
I know this may sound kinda dumb for asking and your probably going to think I'm crazy... but to those of you who are on consistent pain meds..
have your pain medications ever changed pharmaceutical companies and the drug actually effected you differently??  I AM TOTALLY sensitive however to everything!!
call me crazy, but I am taking oxycodone from a pharm. company "AMP" and my new refill is from Mallincroft or however you spell it, and I swear the drug is affecting me differently in a negative way.  I did call the pharmacist and they said they really haven't heard of this happening before.. yet different companies do bind their medications with different ingredients, but that shouldn't make a huge difference. 
Has anyone experienced something like this or even heard of this?  maybe its my body chemistry changing... i don't know.
but do the manufactureres have impacts on the meds?  and is Mallinkroft a good company??
thank you in advance!

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   Posted 9/28/2008 11:53 PM (GMT -6)   

Jennca, no, that is not a silly question, but a very legit one. Many people notice differences in the meds from different manufactors. Unfortunately I have heard and from my own experiences that Mallinkroft are not as good. Personally they gave me headaches.  I haven't had anything from them is a couple of years, but others have posted and said they do not like them and they don't seem to work as well. I've heard them called Mallinkrap.  I have also heard others say that generics can be 20% off in the composition of the brand med and pass inspection. So you can be getting 20% less of the medication. I think that's crazy. If possible, ask your pharmacist for a different manufactor. 

I was surprised to learn that some pharmacies will only carry one type of generic and that's what you then have to get.  That happened at my pharmacy with the patch and I did not like the generic they carried, so I went back to the brand.  It costs me 30 dollars more a month, but I figure it's worth it.  I do get generic for my breakthrough, but it's made by the same manufactor and is the exact same everything except for the name. It saves my insurance a lot by doing it so I don't mind as long as it's the same. 

take care


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   Posted 9/29/2008 12:02 AM (GMT -6)   
As Boxerlover said, it's true that there are differences between manufacturers. Most people are not that sensitive. But I know that personally I've sometimes noticed a difference between brand and generic. Depends on the drug, the manufacturer etc. So no, you're not crazy at all.
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