I was on the 75mcgs patch for about
3 weeks (might have been 2 1/2) and my back pain was at a steady 8/8.5 the entire time. I know and maybe even agree with what you are saying about
the 100mcgs patch. I just don't know what I would do about
the pain on a 75mcgs patch. The doc didn't want me even taking anything for breakthrough so this is basically what I have, a patch or nothing type of situation. I am pretty much painted into a corner without any other options.
I have been trying not to complain too much but between the headaches, the sleepiness, the WD during the last 24 hours, poor pain control, patches coming off, bad rashes from both brands of patch, worry of overdose from sunlight or hot shower or other heat source, etc. It seems to just go on and on. The side effects and problems with this type of medication are just too much and too many. This has to be the worst medication I have ever been on. I am just really frustrated...
I read what you posted on generics just now (this is my edit of my original reply) and I agree that there could be a big difference between the 100mcgs name brand and the generic (or the 75mcgs), etc. I guess it is possible that I might do ok on the generic 75mcgs name brand is the 100 is causing the headaches. I never tried the name brand 75 before.
I thought about
this the other day since noticing such a difference between the name brand and the generic. It may sound like I am making excuses here but the month I had my failed procedure and went through too many meds (please remember I saw my doc and told him about
this 3 times during that month) was the same month that I was given the generic Oxycontin. I had always had the name brand Oxycontin and had never had the generic before. I asked the pharmacist if there was a difference and he said no. I don't know that I believe this now. Like I said, it sounds like I am justifying or rationalizing this, but it seems like less of a coincidence the more I think about
it. My pain went through the roof from that procedure and the medication could have been less effective.... Maybe had something to do with me needing more medication to remain functional?? I don't know.
Fentanyl Patch - 100mcgs x 72 hours
Baclofen - 10mg x 8 hours
Post Edited (skrape) : 3/18/2009 10:59:01 AM (GMT-6)