name brand oxcontin vs generic oxycontin

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   Posted 3/26/2011 9:07 PM (GMT -6)   
In the past week, I have been forced to switch from generic oxycontin, to namebrand, not only at a much greater cost, but at a loss of effectveness, and pain control. I actually experienced withdrawal type symptoms, by waiting for the time to take the next pill. IN addition, because of the size and the coating, I have a terrible time holding onto a tablet due to my fingers not having much feeling due to spur in my neck.  Just wondered if anyone here has had the same experience with the oxy. I talked to the pharmacist when I filled my script tonight, and she said many patients have said the same thing, but there is no reason for it. Maybe it like the fentanyl patch, some people need to switch every 23-48 hours instread of 72 hours. B UT the insurance companies do not want to  pay for a sufficient quantity.
To me, like any other drug, it will help some and give them relief from pain, and that is worth more than I can say .
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Post Edited By Moderator (Mrs. Dani) : 3/26/2011 10:27:10 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 3/27/2011 6:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Mine gets stuck in my throat if I don't take it with enough water. Purdue actually sent out a letter about choking hazards, so drink it with a lot of water.

I hate the new Oxycontin. Definitely not as effective as the previous kind, but it's all they have now.

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   Posted 3/27/2011 10:26 AM (GMT -6)   
     Aaahh... the good 'ole Purdue revolving door.... turn  
     This happen every time Purdue Pharma wins another case against anyone trying to make a "generic" version.
     Think of it this way. Each time a generic version comes out they are using formulas that have already be patented by Perdue(they hold numerous patents even though they only formally make and sell a few formulas). Now you might ask why each year a company puts out a generic versions? Simple. In only a few months time the generic maker will have already grossed billions. Do a settlement pay out to Purdue and they are still in the black for profits. Then the consumer is told there is a shortage which leads the consumer to pay full price for the brand name until another company bursts on the scene with another generic(knowing full well they will be pulled)! And the revolving door spins again!
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