Re: Oxy's-Endo vs. original
- From: "Legend" <livinnow@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 4 Aug 2006 20:55:54 -0700
Yes, it's definitely worth the extra money. And I KNOW what you mean
about druggists/doctors taking that 12-hour recommendation. My regular
doctor, who was really uncomfortable prescribing anything stronget than
Percocets, agreed to fill in one time between pain doctors. While
discussing options, he said that he could prescribe Oxycontin, but that
it would be only twice a day. I think we agreed on dilaudid that time,
and by the time I would have needed more, I had found my present pain
So, it seems that things are taken care of for a while. On the pain
front, that is. I just got a letter from my insurance company, saying
that the antibiotic(!) I had been taking for my ear infection was not
covered, and that I'd have to talk to him about any refills. Seems
that there is a covered drug that is closely related, but not close
enough to be considered a generic! Problem is that I have one pill
left, my next appointment isn't until Tuesday, and the weekend is coing
up! So, I have to see if there's a covering doctor to write or call in
a new prescription! Or wait at least two days without treatment for
this still-active infection. Oh well...
Thee insurance company is insane!
But, thanks for the advice concerning the oxys. It's really helped so
I'm VERY glad to hear that you have a long known, and trusted
pharmacist, and that you're getting more relief today.
It's nice to have that four pill option, just in case you're up late
hours, as is often the case with me.
It's a good idea you have to divide them up so you know exactly what
you have, and to count them. Sometimes, even the most well meaning
pharmacist will make a mistake as I've found more than a few times.
It's definately worth the $25.00 , and is a better value in the long
I believe I mentioned one elderly pharmacist at a place I normally
don't fill, but had to because of time and convenience factor.
When he saw that I was prescribed for every 8 hours, his face got red,
and he phoned the doctor! He was CERTAIN that these POWERFUL
pills, I'd been taking for years, would overlap within 8 hours, I
would stop breathing, and OD!
Seems he took the 12 hr. recommendation in his book very seriously!
Some patients have reported flunking their UA's after having taken
their last dose within 7-8 hours, that's how fast it clears your
Anyway..I'm just glad that you're back on track, and hope you'll be
On 4 Aug 2006 15:19:18 -0700, "Legend" <livinnow@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I switched yesterday from Endo to original Purdue Pharma Oxycontin
yesterday. After three doses(last of yesterdays, first two of today's)
of the prescribed four, it's like I'm getting used to it, all over
About 3 years ago (before generics were an option), I asked to be taken
off of it, because It wass only prescribed twice a day. Now, with a
four-pill regimen, I don't even know if I'll need the fourth pill
tonight (I took my second dose at about four o'clock). But don't tell
my doctor, yet :-)
I know, some insurance plans are tricky. Mine is all-or-nothing;
either the cheapest generic that the pharmacy stocks, or the Brand
name, with a higher copay, of course. If it keeps up like this, my $25
(vs $3) copay is quite reasonable.
I've heard other generics are quite reasonable, close to the original.
But Endo is the only generic my pharmacy had in stock, and even if he
did have others, he couldn't fill it with them-even if the cost was
only one cent cheaper. Some druggists will tell you, if you come in
with a "daw" script, that they're out of them...or short count you,
etc. But this druggist made thousands off me when I had no insurance,
plus he's both compassionate and ethical.
And I always count y pills, not because I don't trust him, but to
divide them into four separate week's supplies (so I'm less likely to
This came up on another thread, but several people seemed interested.
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