Just thought I'd do a quick check to see if anyone else has the occasion to need NUBAIN injections? I generally need as 15mg. shot (w/ 50 mg. of Phenergan) about once a week to manage my more severe migraine headaches. In my neck of the woods (Central Virginia), NUBAIN has become quite a scarce commodity. My Primary Care Physician(PCP)'s office is totally out, as are all the affiliated walk-in clinics in the area. The medication is a medium semi-synthetic opioid widely used for a variety of immediate pain issues. It is less potent than Morphine, and is commonly used for the treatment of migraine headaches, if a narcotic treatment is acceptable to the prescribing physician. Unfortunately, the number of manufacturers of Nubain has decreased to a single company, which is apparently encountering a backlog. Thus, since there won't be any new shipments available until JULY(!!!), I'm pretty much screwed when I need an injection.
My PCP's office does have Demerol, which will do for a substitute for Nubain in a pinch. However, calling and getting an appointment is bad enough for a regular problem, but trying to get worked in for an emergency injection in a timely fashion is becoming increasingly difficult. It's a crap shoot, depending on which member of the office staff I get on the phone when I call, and whether they are willing to listen to me long enough to fully understand my situation and work with me to get in to see my PCP or one of the other physicians in his office. All this headache over a headache...and a stupid drug company that can't keep a proprietary product in stock. It seems to me that if a company has a "corner" on the market, it behooves them to keep their manufacturing standards up so that the product at least stays available to the general medical population. But maybe that's just me...