I've posted before and found this forum to be especially helpful and honest. It's difficult to find message boards about chronic pain these days that isn't largely rampant with narcotic abusers in denial.
I get prescribed 120 10mg oxycodones per month to help me deal with my fairly severe scoliosis pain. I generally just go to whatever pharmacy is the most convenient for me to get to; Rite Aid, Walgreens, CVS, etc. These chains are all under contract from various pharmaceutical companies to use them exclusively.
What I've found is this; despite the fact that amount of oxycodone and APAP is regulated by our government and it doesn't change, different manufacturers' percocets have different effects on me. Watson gives me headaches, Mallinckrodt feels exceptionally ineffective, and Intrapharm seems to have a speedy feeling coupled with mild nausea. I do know that different pharmaceutical companies use different inactive ingredients which may be the reason they feel differently to me, and even if it is placebo, it's still real to me, so it's valid.
The only versions of Percocets I've taken that did not have the unwanted side effects or ineffective pain relief were Roxicodone and Endocet. Roxicodone only comes in 5mg and 20mg forms, though, so they're not an option for me any longer and I'm now prescribed 10mg.
I just received two more prescriptions for the next two months, and I want to fill them using Endocet, but how? I know that none of the larger chains provide them, so I'm exclusively looking at independent pharmacies and apothecaries. What do I do? I can't imagine walking up to a pharmacist and asking them which company supplies them with Percocets. I'd come off like a seeker, and I really, really don't want to come off like a seeker. Is it possible that I could go to one of the larger chains and have them special order them just for me?
I'd sincerely appreciate any insight.