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How do I approach a pharmacist about a specific type of Percocet?

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  • In the beginning (I know it sounds like it will be a long story but I promise I'll keep it to the point), I used our local small family-owned and operated pharmacy. They always had what I needed. Plus, the owner's son (also a pharmacist) is married to one of my husband's first cousins.

    At any rate, I began to feel a little uncomfortable about "family" knowing all my business - especially when my husband jokingly referred to his cousin's husband as my "connection".... So, I changed to a Big Name Pharmacy which just opened. Yes, they had what I needed. Cool. I explained to the pharmacist (who is sweet as iced tea) why I took these, asked if I needed to bring in any MRI reports or anything like that to verify my reasons for needing them. She assured me she did not need that - just the script.

    All goes well for a couple months. But, I have to wait for over 30 minutes to get the dang scripts filled. THEN it happened - one month they did not have the oxy's. They did not know when it would be shipped - I was told they never do. I asked what suggestions they had for me since A)I would be out of meds in 2 days and B)my pain contract states I can only get meds from one pharmacy.

    It was suggested I call around. ? I asked if this would seem suspicious to the other pharmacies. I was told to ask for the pharmacist. Can I tell you - I called around, drove around and finally found another Big Name Pharmace 45 minutes from home to fill it (by that time, I was desparate, because I was down to one pill left). I had also asked a couple pharmacies if I transferred my business to them, could they guarantee me I'd have my meds on time. None of them were able to give me this guarantee.

    So, I went back to my small time, family owned and operated pharmacy. I've never been told "we don't have this" and have never had to wait longer than 10 - 15 minutes. And that's not just because of the related-by-marriage thing either. No one ever waits more than 10 - 15 minutes.

    So... If you have questions, speak directly to the pharmacist. I'd say that if at all possible, stick with the little family owned and operated pharmacies, but I'm sure there have been people here who have had problems with the Ma and Pop places...

    Take care and good luck in your quest!

    Jeaux

  • I'm not on percocets, but I get my fentanyl patches from a small chain pharmacy and most times they get me my preferred brand. They have never been out of the patches, the pharmacist knows I come in every month and so they make sure it's ordered. That's one advantage of using the same pharmacy. I like it that I get out in 10 minutes and never have to wait around for a long time, esp. with my back issues. Just let the pharmacist know which brand you prefer, there should be no backlash for that. Maybe the next time around they will have the right brand ordered for you.
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  • Dumbjaw said:
    I found a local pharmacy near my apartment that provides Endocets. They've agreed to fill my script, but just as a one-time-only because my prescription is written in New Jersey while I live in Pennsylvania.
    Update: He is very nervous about filling it because my last prescription was for 7.5mg and the new prescription is for 10mg. This is absolutely true; my dosage has just increased after over a year due to basic, normal tolerance build-up.

    I'm very tired of being treated like I'm being ingenuine or, even worse, unlawful just because I am prescribed narcotic pain killers. It's seriously frustrating.

    The hunt continues to find a pharmacist who would like to do their job.
  • Just curious - why is your prescription written in NJ when you live in PA?
  • BionicWoman said:
    Just curious - why is your prescription written in NJ when you live in PA?
    From September of 2005 to January of 2008, I owned a home in New Jersey. In January of 2008, I moved to Philadelphia but retained my primary care physician in NJ, mostly because the office is all but a 20 minute drive from my work and it's convenient being that they're mostly only open during normal business hours. I wish it weren't an issue.
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  • Hi everyone. :H This is long, but bare with me. This is my first post and I desparately need help.

    I am 44 years old and having a problem getting enough medication to help my pain. I have the following conditions:

    Large anterior disc herniation at L5-S1 resulting in Microdiscectomy in October, 2008; DDD; Cervical Stenosis; Chronic tension headaches, chronic low back and neck spasms; CIDP (Chronic Inflamatory Demyelinating Polyradicularneuropathy --a rare auto-immune neropathy); Fibrmyalgia; Anxiety with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

    I see a Neurologist for the CIDP, a Neurosurgeon for the herniated disc and Cervical Spondilosis, a Physiatrist (physical medicine) for cortisone injections and PT prescriptions (and he listens to me!!), and a Reumatologist for Fibromyalgia. I only get 30 Lortabs per month (10/500). I need them more than that, but the Neurologist will only prescribe that many! He has been prescribing them since 2001.


    I am in excruciating pain on a daily basis that prevents me from standing or walking or sitting for any length of time. I dont sleep well and I urinate all night long (despite quittiing fluids after 6 pm!) even wetting the bed about twice a month. I have not worked in 2 years (owned my own graphic design business), I cannot do the shopping, housework, laundry, or cooking. I am constantly in pain and thats all I can think about. I have lost my ability to concentrate on anything for any length of time--forget watching television or reading a book!

    Anyhow, any time one of my other doctors sees me and sees I'm already on Lortabs, they tell me to take those for whichever pain they are treating. Well, I only get 30 a month and they are for neuropathy pain (which is not quite enough, forcing me to break them in half). If I take them when I get a headache or have muscle spasms or for a sinus infection or minor in-office surgery, I do not have enough to last me!!

    Once I lost my purse in a restaurant and someone stole it. It had my bottle of Lortabs in it! I had just come from the hospital after having a spinal tap and needed them for the pain. I got sick in the middle of my meal from not lying down long enough after the procedure. (I was instructed to go straight home to bed after the procedure!) I left suddenly for the car to lie down, leaving behind my purse. My husband did not think to get it; of course he wouldn't! Anyway, I asked the doctor to replace the stolen pills. He said it was a one-time thing and to never ask again!

    I feel like I am being treated like a drug addict! If another doctor does prescribe Lortabs for something else, my insurance notifies the pharmacy and my other doctor, alerting them that I might be abusing the drug! Then the doctor tells me they can no longer prescribe any narcotics for me!

    I know the FDA has to be hard to control the real abusers, but give me a break! My life has diminished to that of hermit, constantly in pain. I have no social life at all. I cannot ralax at home with my husband. I am depressed and anxious with accute OCD due to this, which in turn is making my conditions worse! This has been going on since 1988 when I originally injured my low back.

    And I come here and see you guys are getting Percacets and Fentenyl and such, and wonder why I am being given such a hard time and cannot get the very drug which offers me relief! Where do I go from here?? I should also mention I live in Virginia, a traditionally conservative state. Maybe the doctors here are extremely conservative also.

    Any input would greatly be appreciated. I am at my wits end. ~X(
  • I don't often suggest this but it seems appropriate in your case- is it possible for you to ask to be referred to a pain management clinic? You'll need top find one that prescribes narcotics as well as utilizes other means of pain control. The downsides to this is that you have yet another doctor and you can NOT get your meds anywhere else.

    It's time for you to stand up for yourself and find someone who will take care of the whole you- not just the bits and pieces that are the specialties of the numerous doctors that you're seeing. Those bits and pieces add up to a whole lot of pain as you well know.

    Good luck to you. I really hope that you find relief soon.

    Welcome to Spine Health by the way!

    Griff

  • PM might be a good idea,I really,really like my PM,but he ONLY treats my pain.My PCP refers me to any specailists,orders tests,does bloodwork,prescribes other medication,and pretty much keeps track of everything OTHER than my pain.

    In any case,you certainly need a DR who will listen to you,take you seriously,and treat you with respect while treating your needs.We all want and deserve this,and we all say it as if it's easy,but a lot of us have kissed a few frogs ourselves.What we are looking for is a REALLY GOOD Dr & let's be honest,they are not all REALLY good.

    Welcome to S~H ReigningPrincess :H and please keep us posted.
  • MetalneckMetalneck The Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,789
    I hope this is allowed ... if not the mods will do their job accordingly - but I am active on another forum that maybe of interest and/or help to some of us:

    http://www.painreliefnetwork.org/forum/index.php

    D

  • I'm sorry you're in such a bad situation. Please insist on getting a pain mgt referral. If the neurologist won't, then find another one who will refer you. There is no need for you to go on like that. I had gotten a referral to my pain doctor because I didn't get relief from my microdiscectomy. They reviewed my records and MRI's before accepting me as a patient. I have been treated very well and the clinic is friendly and professional.
    I understand the pain you deal with because I suffer from chronic back pain and nerve damage that started from a herniation on L4-5 and L5-S1 around 2 years ago. I was totally floored by this pain, and my typical day is laying around with an ice pack because I can't sit.
    Your pain is undertreated and I agree with everyone that you need a pain specialist in an integrative clinic.
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