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My Insurance won't cover Avinza come January 1

Hi everyone, I am a newbie. I was blessed with a two level spinal fusion at L4/L5 in 1993 that turned out to be very successful until, a young man wasn't paying attention when he was driving 80 mph and rear ended me. Traffic came to a stop, so did I but the young man didn't, damaged two discs above my fusion and trashed all the cartlidge in my median branch joints.

Avina has been a life altering medication and has done a fantastic job of managing my pain. I was ramped up to 90 mg and it took great care of my pain but I hated the SEs so I went down to 60 mg and it seems to take enough of the pain away.

Just got a letter yesterday from my wonderful insurance informing me that come January 1, 2014 they will not pay for Avinza and suggesting the following alternatives;
morphine sulfate ER
oxymorphone ER
Nucynta Er
Opana ER

Anyone have any good experiences with any of the above? How much would I need to take to replace the 60 mg of Avinza I have been taking?

Thank you Insurance company for thinking of the bottom line and not pain mgt.


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    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • a particular medication, then when you visit your pain management doctor I'm sure that he will offer you different alternatives to the avinza that you are currently taking. As for what medication or dosage he will suggest, that will be in his and your hands. None of us is equipped to give you a conversion rate for a new medication or suggest one for you..
    That type of information should only come from your doctor.
    Good luck,
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