If there is overuse of medications (both percocet and xanax) more than prescribed, most doctors and their staff take a very dim view of this behavior and equate it to a loss of control over the medications, and will frequently tell patients to just deal with it. While this may seem callous, the prescribing physician must insure their patients are not spiraling out of control with narcotic usage and will insist on taking the medications as prescribed, even if you run out early. This is to protect patients from both overdosing and becoming addicted. However, if it is an insurance issue of not being permitted to fill the script until a certain date (and not due to escalation of the usage of the drugs without physician authorization), then the physician's staff may call in a small supply of alternative medications.
My Percocet was given to by my ortho, been on and off since 2005, really started back on them maybe late 2009, early 2010. He knew what I taken, and had no problem in that aspect. Which is why eventually when the leg pains started he recommended me to a PM clinic.. Please read below...
You should be OK come Monday the Butrans patch, It is a very strong (opiate) narcotic pain medication. Just be very careful when using xanax with the patch and your 5mg oxycodone these are the drug combinations that people overdose from. I just love it when a medical professional tells you to just deal with it.Very professional. You should call your doctor and let him know what kind of people he is employing. They should tell you what you can do with the oxy's in the meantime to make you more comfortable. For the nurse to tell you to deal with it is not an option and I would make a big deal about that. Especially if you plan on using this doctor for any amount of time. Hope you feel better.Beck
Actully I don't know If I can start the butrans patch, I read up on it and it states that people with lesions on their brains should not take this patch, which I do have lesions. Plus it says do not use if a recent head injury has occurred, well Monday (8/8) I fell and wound up with a mild concussion, 911 had to be called because I passed out and slammed my head. And another problem is my Xanax, I take 1mg 3x daily when needed, I have the .5mg dose, so I have permission on my script
to take an extra .5 if needed, which sometimes I do.
Putting all that aside, the DR knew I could not get them to Monday, the nurse asked him she should at least give me 10mg of oxycodone so I can get some pain relief. He told her No, so she came to me with the "Just deal with it line"
I do absolutely agree with the poster that said that when the office told the OP to deal with it, that is unacceptable.
I have been told that in the past and have even been put on total bed rest to deal with the pain at the same time I have been told to deal with it.
I find this to be unacceptable and believe that the doctors should always make an appointment to see someone that complains of being in more pain than normal.
With the OP not being able to fill the patch until Monday - they should have upped the breakthrough medication that the OP is able to take to cover them until that Monday and then given a new script for a sooner fill date of the B/T medication. Of course, this is JMHO and I am sure that others will vary.
I have been in pain management since 2007 and have been on opiates since 2003, so I do have several years of experience.
Just being told do deal with it is unbelievable, the amount of pain I'm in, I spent my whole day yesterday lying in bed, in pain, didn't eat all day. 5mg of oxycodone provides nothing for me, 10mg takes the edge off. YOu would of thought they would of given a substitution for the patch, but nope. As it is I need to use Costco Pharm, they didn't have a release date from there supplier, so the only other pharm I could use is rite-aid, but they had to order and I have to pay 30% of the cost, so even if I was going to use the patch I would get the run around every month for those patches, its not worth it. Being cut down from 20mg to 5mg every 4-6 is nuts. Looks like you found a good PM dr, good for you!
So today I said screw it, Im taking what I need to function which is about
15mg,(Unlike the bottle says 1 every 4-6 for pain, max 5 per day) not total relief, but Im up and doing things. I'm going to drop this PM DR because a few things should not have occurred. I have a appointment with my PCP on Monday, maybe I can talk to him about
what Im going through, maybe he can do anything for me, my DR is very understanding, best I ever seen.