inefective narcotic pain med

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MaddogMike
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   Posted 9/3/2018 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everybody,I bought some bad Percocets last month from Albertsons.I called the pharmacists He said there`s nothing He can do about it.I called My Doctor the secretary told Me all He can do is give Me withdrawl medication.I wrote a complaint to Rhodes Pharmaceuticals They called Me the next day,I told the Lady I have been taking Percocets for 15 years,I know what a 10 mg percocet does and I know what 5 mg does and the pill I tried didn`t even feel like it had any oxycodone it,and 2 hours after taking it I had massive withdrawls I tried half a 10 mg pill from a different manufacturer and was right as rain 10 minutes later.She told Me that Purdue would take over for Rhodes,they would send Me a packet to send a pill to have it tested like I requested,but She made it absolutely clear that They can`t replace the meds with other meds because of it being a triplicate prescription.She said that a investigation would be launched if the meds where missing the oxycodone and it would be about a month before I would hear anything.It is a good thing I had hoarded some stash meds,I would really be hating life if I didn`t.I sent the pill 23 days ago still waiting to hear from them.I don`t trust Purdue.Does anyone have any idea how to get 150 10 mg Percs replaced?

straydog
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   Posted 9/3/2018 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Often when pharmacies switch up the pharmaceutical brand people can encounter issues. Pharmacies buy in bulk to get the cheapest price available. This is something out of the patient's control.

Personally, I would not have shipped my entire script to them. You most likely will not have any luck replacing these meds before your next script is due. You can talk to your PM dr & show proof that you mailed those meds to them, but again that is no guarantee they will be replaced. The next issue would be your insurance not filling the script this early.

Sorry this has happened.
Susie
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MaddogMike
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   Posted 9/3/2018 10:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Susie I just sent them 1 pill to be tested,I still have 148 pills left,maybe the rest of them are ok,I am scared to try anymore of them if that one had little or no oxycodone in it could the next one have double?I have never heard of inefective meds before.

Chutz
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   Posted 9/4/2018 12:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi maddogmike~

I'm so sorry you're going through this. I've been on pain meds for a long time and can only imagine what you are going through. At this point you might as well take whatever you have, can't hurt, might help. There have been cases of employees at the pharmacy making a switch so it might not be the manufacturer who's at fault here. Does sound like someone messed up. You have a large community of new friends here who want to help however we can. Hold on to us and we'll get you through this. <extending hand>

Warmly,
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Darla
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   Posted 9/4/2018 5:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow. Now I have another anxiety in life...wondering if the meds will be legitimate? That is shocking. I would never have questioned the medication. Please let us know what happens.

straydog
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   Posted 9/4/2018 6:45 AM (GMT -6)   
MDM, you can go online & search for pill identifier & look up the medication you were given. You type in the name & brand & it will show you a picture along with a description. You can try looking at Drugs.com for this.

When I had an issue with a brand change in my muscle relaxer my dr said it is the different fillers used by the company. While some people can be more sensitive to the fillers used it may not bother someone else.

When you are due your next refill before handing over your script ask what brand they are using. If you have a good relationship with the pharmacist you might ask if he/she can stock your brand for you. But again, it’s all about the pharmacy getting the cheapest price.

If you have to switch pharmacies be sure to notify your drs office immediately of the change & why you changed. Make a note of who you talked to at the office. Also tell your dr on the next visit.

I suspect it will be some time before you hear anything about the pill you sent in.
Susie
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pitmom
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   Posted 9/4/2018 8:18 AM (GMT -6)   
How long would 150 normally last you? You said you bought them last month. Is that a one month script? How many of the other type did you 'reserve'? (I hate the term hoarding...it doesn't sound good).

My chronic pain is 'more of a worry' for me than 'acute pain', simply because acute pain has a foreseeable end to it. I had a basal cell carcinoma removed from my forehead by way of a 3 inch long incision. The surgeon would not call my pain management doctor about post op pain, so I was left to endure about 4 horrible days of pain! The tramadol I use for my chronic pain didn't touch it!

My point is, it was 'only' four days and I've 'moved on' quite nicely from it.

Chronic pain, on the other hand is a completely different animal. What else, if anything, brings you any comfort from your chronic pain? Warm soaks? Stretching? Heating pad? Ice? TENS unit? Plain old Aspirin in combination with any of the above? Not that I expect it to 'do the job' of what is missing, but it can help us endure the wait until we get the 'go to' med.

Watching for the light at the end of the tunnel in the meantime...you will reach your refill date...eventually. Just get through one day at a time.
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Darla
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   Posted 9/4/2018 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I am surprised anybody would fill more than a one month, 4x/day RX for 10mg Percocets, actually, which is 120. That would never happen in my state and I think would have to be more than one month's supply since the acetaminophen level would be unsafe.

MaddogMike
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   Posted 9/4/2018 3:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Everybody,sorry about not properly introducing myself.I am 56 years young lung cancer survivor since 2003 upper right lung removed,radiation and chemo have had very bad chronic pain ever since,unable to work.I did have somewhat reasonable pain control before the new CDC rules 225 mg MS Contin and 2 10 mg Percs a day.After the forced dosage reduction I asked the Doctor and He oked 5 10 mg Percs a day.I do 1 Perc every 4 hours and wake up in the middle of the night with sweats and slight withdrawls and do half a pill so that leaves me an extra half a pill a day to stash for the very bad times.My Doctor and I don`t get along because I refuse to have a pain pump implanted,I feel like He wants Me to suffer because I don`t want the pump, especially after a friend of Mine, My Brothers neighbor She had a very bad experience with them,they implanted a stimulator without asking if She had a heart pacemaker,that simple mistake could have killed Her.I checked anouther pain clinic there about the same they are going with pain pumps.I feel like its going to be like no meds at all in the future.I also use concentrated Cannabis,its leagle in California, exercise,eat healthy food,try to stay happy.Like I said before I had some meds to hold Me by,and I highly recommend to everybody to have some saved for issues out of your control.I have since refilled anouther prescription with no issues.

straydog
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   Posted 9/4/2018 4:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad to read that your cancer is in your rear view mirror. See what I posted about future scripts. Because of your health situation even with the decrease in your dosage, the average long term chronic pain patient has no chance of being rx’d as you are. The meds are scripted for 30 days & very rarely for 4 a day.

I am sorry that your neighbor had a bad experience with the pain pump. On the same note they can be a blessing in keeping pain down to a decent level. The dosage of the medication used in one cannot be compared to oral meds at all. If a person requires a high dose of pain meds to have quality of life the pump is often recommended depending on the condition being treated. I look at it this way anything we try to get better relief can have it’s own set of potential risks.

I have my own thoughts like you about where treatment of chronic pain is headed. It’s a problem across the country.
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