I love my pharmacy (Rite aid) cause one of the meds I take is barely prescribed where I'm at, but my pharmacy orders them just for me, and I have yet to have to wait for my meds to be ordered. Since their's no doctors within 60 miles that can prescribe my Suboxone my pharmacy doesnt get anyone who needs them except for me, so it's been nice to know they're always in stock for me. And I love everyone at my pharmacy except for one lady who tries everything she can to make things difficult for me, she even ignores me when I stand in line to drop or pick up a prescript
ion, but thank God she's not the pharmacist, she even told me once that my meds would cost a thousand dollars when it was really only $90, I dont know what her problem is. And since I have been going there forever, they have watched my kids grow up and always are surprised at how big they've gotten, and they all know me by my first name, one lady even calls me honey or sweetie.
But it seems scary that so many people are running into this shortage, it just doesnt seem right, almost like a conspiracy, "let's get everyone dependant on these drugs then pull them so they'll come begging and we have control over them". It's not fair that so many people have to go thru withdrawals. And truthfully I've only heard about
this oxy shortage from you guys, I've never heard anything on the news, so alot of people dont know about
it, and they go to get their prescript
ions filled and find out that every pharmacy in the country is out. Even though withdrawals are not deadly, you sure wish you where dead, it's horrible. Just seems like maybe more docs would be aware of this and come up with a plan for all their patientson this drug to do something else til the shortage is figured out, cause theirs so many other options out their, cause people need options so they dont become sick and in pain. The FDA really should send out a notice to all doctors to figure out a plan for their patients, and if they did then why are so many people still looking for to get the RX filled. Well I'm just happy I'm not in the middle of this, but I do feel for people who are forced to become sick.
26 year old Female , single mother of 2 kids, on SSI for migraines, pain, pancreas issues
All the things broken with me: Migraines, Fibromyalgia, Chronic lower back pain that causes severe pain/numbness/tingling especially to my left leg, Genetic Pancreatic Divisum that causes chronic pancreatitas, Asthma, Depression w/Anxiety/panic attacks
Prescription Meds:Suboxone 24mgs daily, Cymbalta 60mg nightly, Lyrica 50mgs nightly, Imitrex as needed, Ibprofen 800 twice daily, Zanaflex as needed, Ventolin as needed for asthma attacks, Advair twice daily
Over the conter meds: Benadryl nightly for itching due to meds (not sure which one yet),
Surgeries: Gallbladder removed at 15 years old, 2 ERCPs, stent put in pancreas, countless upper GI scopes, Bartholin gland opened permanetly due to recurring painful cysts
Goals: to go to college next fall to be a nurse and get off of SSI
Wishful thinking: to not be in pain!!!
Post Edited (Hello~Kitty) : 3/28/2009 8:39:35 PM (GMT-6)
Posted 3/28/2009 5:08 PM (GMT -7)
My dad was getting his pain medication through the VA the last three months they have had a shortage. They have been giving him a higher dose that he had to split in half.
My pharmacist said it had something to do with the FDA made a one drug company recall all of there medications.
Thats all I've heard so far.
Next week when I see the PM I will have him try and put me on medication that is not at all involved in the recall.
Its gotta suck to be without pain meds. I would scream as most of us would.
Chronic Kidney Stones, PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease), Chronic Kidney Failure, Severe Hypertension
Posted 3/30/2009 5:54 AM (GMT -7)
Yep, all this because one manufacturer had trouble and had to stop...This trickled down to us...How nice of them.
We are all in the same boat...unfortunatley it seems like it's sinking...
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome
120 mg. Methadone daily
60 mg. Oxycodone daily
Lyrica as needed
Metformin 500 mg. once daily
Posted 3/30/2009 7:31 AM (GMT -7)
Isn't that oxy a generic that is made by multiple manufacturers?
If so, can you imagine what happens when a drug that is still protected has something wrong in the manufacture happen, such that NO ONE gets that drug? And the drug has MAJOR negative withdrawal issues.
Like, Cymbalta. If I couldn't get Cymbalta, I start crying at about 15 hours, and at 20 I'm probably screaming at everyone and anyone.
Everyone always asks, "On a scale of 1 to 10, what is your pain level?". No biggie when I get my meds - I purr along at about 5, 7 more recently. Well, they are using the wrong scale when I don't get my meds. On a scale of 1 to 10, I'm at a 20 without meds. And I stay that way until I get Cymbalta or another substitute (that they hadn't found when they found Cymbalta+Lyrica; I was eating oxy like candy with each pill lasting 3 hours if I was lucky and that included overnight when I had to wake up, take a pill and wait an hour for it to kick in); back in the pre-Cymbalta days that substitute was Amitriptyline. You talk about a ride, I'm convinced they didn't include 'trip' as part of that medication's name. So I'm left with the pain relief side of Cymbalta I no longer have (and it could be days to get a different drug as a substitute (like Ami..)), and pain and more from withdrawals.
Anyway, I digress. Do you take a 'one-manufacturer drug'? What would happen if you couldn't get it for a while (like hours or days)? I bet there are a TON of people here in as bad or worse situation than I am in.
I think we need to speak up to our PMs and ask what kind of safeguards are in place for this kind of situation for our own needs. Are our issues in this regard being properly overseen to protect US?
(Sorry for a long post. But this kinda scared me when I got to thinking about Cymbalta and how much I've come to rely on it being out there. And it is so controlled; as yet I haven't had leeway to secret-out a single pill for emergency. If I drop a pill down the sink or toilet by accident, it is "Sorry. Stretch the others out if you can.")
Dogs: Koshka & Chomp
Posted 5/8/2012 6:26 PM (GMT -7)
I am so disgusted with the the shortage of pain meds in Lakeland Florida I am next to myself. The last two months I have had a hard, hard time getting my methadone filled (looking for days) and have had to look for literally weeks for my oxycodone 30mg 168 count. I was on Oxycontin for years but when they went to OP I noticed immediatley that Purdue took about 1/2 of the real pain relief out of the new formula OP, thanks government and got on methadone to keep me out of pain although it makes me feel dead inside, took away my sex drive, along with many other things due to its strength but it works good for pain.
The last two months I have had to look for a couple days for my methadone and several weeks for my oxyconone, we are talking 8 hour days hitting every pharmacy I see, You have to be dressed like an attorney if you want any chance at all in getting filled also. and have the time and money to drive from place t place just asking the same question over and over again hearing the same answer over and over again, NO.
Being on part D medicare only makes my looking harder because BCBS of Florida pays 68 bucks to pharmacies who loose money on filling my oxy script so I have noticed big chain stores and small independents not saying they have it or dont until they look me up, once they see I am on part D the answer is no we dont have it, or have not had it in months or we might get some on Firday, or it is really scarce or we just stopped carrying it because we can not get it anymore. I have had a friend go in after me at several places that do this with his Oxy script he pays cash for and he gets filled paying cash on the same day I was told no because I have part D. I have filed complaints but they go to no one who cares.
I tried sending my script to "Prime Theraputics" who is BCBS of Floridas pharmacy but my doctor is on vacation so they can not get ahold of him so that didnt work either. Although they know I have had the same script every month for about 6 to 8 years, and they waited 6 business days before trying to call my doctor and missed him by two days, his PA called them but that didnt work either so that set me further back.
I have beent taking roxis/ oxys for about 8 years? 6 to 8 and been on class 2's for 10 years now and this is nutz, thank god I have been able to get my methadone but my quality of life is shot to hell while I look for a place that will fill my oxycodone so I will have the meds I am perscribed to releive my pain properly. the really hurt people are the ones suffering because the non hurt people are and always have been selling the pills they get on the street getting about 20 bucks a piece now.
The story of 14 pallets being stolen and other stories do not wash with me, these manufacturers can make 14 pallets in a day. come on.
We the people living our lives in misery because the government has decided that all of us are bad because of a few bad apples need to stand up and make a real statement,,,,,, and that statement should be loud enough to end this shortage BS. I just do not know how to make this statement and do it legally without getting in trouble for whatever the police want to charge you with. This is a problem the police and Dea/ govt do not want normal people to know is happening but then again people who are not in pain don't give a darn because they do not need what we do to live a normal life.
Answers Anyone? Every year we go through a month or two of shortage but this time it is much different and came at us with a vengance.
Posted 5/9/2012 5:57 AM (GMT -7)
Hello ThanksDEA and welcome to the chronic pain forum. You have posted on a very old thread here so not many members will see your post. I am surprised you can find Methadone in Florida, we have had members not able to get it at all.
If you don't mind please start your own intro post so all the members can see it and give you a proper hello and welcome aboard. Thanks.......Susie
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