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The wonderful PA at my PM clinic has been trying her best to help me. I changed from MS Contin to Oxycontin due to tolerance issues but the Oxy worked so well for me I wanted to stay on it.
So I feel like the Oxycontin works faster and is more consistent with its pain relief.
Only problem is the cost. Oxycontin costs $575.00 while the MS Contin is only $50.00.
I have been on it for 7 months and am now in the doughnut hole and cannot afford the $240.00 it would cost me now instead of the $37. 00 it cost before the doughnut hole.
I can make the MS Contin work fine as long as I have bt meds so not a huge problem but talking to the PA this morning, she says Oxycontin will not be available much longer because it does not have as much abuse deterrent as the Xtampza does. So the government agencies are going to insist we use the Xtampza which has at least a 20 year patent and is $400-$500 as well.
She gave me a script for oxycodone Er which I did not even know was available but again $550.00 so I was forced to go with the MS Contin.
I am just upset that all our choices are being taken away just because some idiots choose to abuse them. It is so unfair.
I forgot to mention we also looked at hysingla just to see if it was a possibility and again way too expensive.
Of course I can get what I want for 6 months til I hit the doughnut hole but not sure that's worth it. What if in month 8 I needed some super expensive antibiotic or something? And that would be my luck!
Some days I just feel like I can't win.