For those of us that are saddled with the burden of having to take opiate based pain medications, I thought I would share my experience with a new one.
Over the past 6 years, I have been on just about every pain medicine for my chronic pain (and now back-leg)possible.
Starting with Tylenol 3 and then Tramdol (Ultram) I fairly quickly moved towards Norco and Percocet after having diminished efficacy to those I moved toward Oxycontin and the devilish side effects of that med prior to the new formulation. For a while I was switched to MSContin and even did my time with Methadone, Suboxone, and Fentynl. Short acting - Long acting - This that and the other .... Most recently after inconsistancies with the Fentynl patch I found myself back on MSContin with Percocet for break through ... still with coverage issues.
Over this 6 year period I have gone through 2 complete opiate detoxes in an attempt to "reset" my
opiate receptors pusurant to better effficacy.
At my last visit with my PM doc .... he decided to place me on Kadian ... this is a med that has been suggested years ago but I never had insurance coverage or the $ to pay out of pocket. There is no generic. It took 24 hours to get an approval from the state (which was approved) and resulted in a $3.00 co-pay (retail price $1339.00) for #90.
It is a capsule with "tiny time pills" much like "Contact" for those who remember that med & commercial!! I have been completely surprised and virually pain free and have rarely
needed any break through med. So for those of you who maybe struggling with your pain pain(s) and have RX med coverage ... It maybe worth a conversation with your physician about. For me ... I have a feeling that at least for now ... In the short run (hopefully long term)it has been a life changer!!
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