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  • Saw my PM and explained that Im still having severe pain and the Radio Feq didnt work. He said it is his policy that he doesnt prescribe anything over oxycontin 40mg. He did increase my BT meds to 4 a day Oxycodone 10mg. Hopefully that will help.( if I can find it anywhere due to the shortage)He did offer the Fenteyl patch. Im seriously considering it. Can I get some feedback on the switch if I choose to do that?
  • My Dr had to switch me to vicodin HP because of the oxycodone shortage. What a difference! It works so much better for me.
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  • HI Dmoonchild, I've been on the patches for over a year and it is convenient because you don't have to be taking pills throughout the day. I do however take Norco for BT pain. When on the patch, I don't get euphoria at all and feel normal enough to drive. The best place to put it on is your belly because it works best where there is more fat distribution. I used to put it on my upper chest and I was sick with nausea, vomiting, headaches, and dizziness. Ever since I switched locations I never experienced side effects, even when my dose was increased. Fentanyl is 80x's stronger than Morphine and hundreds of times stronger than street heroin. It's bioavailability is 90%(according to Wikipedia). You change it every 3 days, but if you find it doesn't last that long, doctors will write it for every 2 days. I'm on the 2 day schedule and it has worked out for me well. This is my experience with this medication but be aware that others might not tolerate it.
  • Can I ask how much you pay for it? I have a good Insurance plan and usually pay 10, 25 or $50 for prescriptions. Would this be something different?
  • Hi Dmoonchild, I pay $10.00 copay for 15 generic Fentanyl patches per month. Companies that make generic Fentanyl are Watson, Sandoz, and Mylan.

    The higher the dose, the higher the out of pocket cost is. I paid out of pocket $250 for 10 generic 75 mcg patches once. It was painful, but it's nothing compared to $700 for 10 brand name patches.
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