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Carrying Pain Medication in Public

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  • Btw, Jon, comment allez-vous, aujourd'hui?? :-)
  • nein num speakum frechem or gurmin
    der jon
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
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  • taren
    you are the only person i have met on this site that has used the lollipops. do you have them compounded or buy regular? mine are strawberry flavored. the patch kept coming off when i would sweat. i tried to use tape but that did not work so back to oxy for the last 13 years.
    jon
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
  • TarenTTaren Posts: 524
    edited 05/03/2014 - 4:30 AM
    I tried to answer you last night, but I fell asleep with my fingers on the kb lol. No, my lollipops were not compounded. I wish more dr's would prescribe these, as they do work or at least for me they did and apparently they do for you as well. Mine were there 400mcg's, at first, I remember thinking I would never be able to use it up in 15 mins as my dr and pharmacist said I had to lol. While using the patch and the lollipops together was the best pain relief I ever had, but once I moved my dr here would not prescribe them, hence the beginning of my journey with methadone which for the most part works but not as well as the patch and l'pop did. As far as the patch and sweating, did you ever try putting in on your shoulder, that was my favorite place to put mine. When I would put it on my stomach, I would have more movement there with it, due to trying to keep it dry during a bath, shower or plain sweating. I would cover it with plastic and tape it try and keep it dry during my showers. I preferred alternating shoulders. In my opinion, if a person has the diagnosis of chronic pain and something works to control that pain, then a dr should write what works.
  • terror8396tterror8396 Posts: 1,832
    edited 05/03/2014 - 5:24 AM
    i put the patch everywhere and it kept coming off with sweat plus i found the oxy was more effective for me. the lollipops are great but they are expensive even with insurance. 250 or so for 120/month even with insurance and about 1200 with no insurance. i do not know why insurance makes my pain meds more expensive when the other meds i take are only 5 co pay
    go figure
    jon
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
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  • I also have a couple really expensive meds, Butrans and Valacyclovir but nothing that much, that's insane!

    These insanely high prices has a lot to do with the patenting system in the US. When a company creates a new drug, or even simply a new formulation of a drug(such as simply putting buprenorphine into a patch or fentynal into a lollipop) they get exclusive selling rights to the new drug/formulation for 14 years. Since they have no competition for their particular drug and their is still a demand because well people are sick, they can literally charge whatever they want for it, thus the ridiculously high price.

    Also some drugs are just more expensive than others depending on how hard it is to manufacture, Patches are always gonna be a little more expensive because it requires extra processing to make them.
  • When I first received my compounded cream it came with a nearly $4000 invoice! Not understanding the whole insurance system over here in the USA I nearly lost my mind. My insurance paid for it so it didn't cost me anything in the end. It's terrifying when you see the actual costs of some medications in America.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • I carry my prescription in my purse in the Zip lock part of it. Then at work he has lockers for the waiters and waitress. I have a lock on mine at all times. I work double shifts so I have to have all three scripts with me. I usually go to work at 10:30 till 9pm
    Female 44 survivor of thyroid cancer...just had two surgeries for breast cancer and chronic back pain. Live in upstate ny. On 8mg dilaudid 6 a day and 60mg morphine sulf er 2x day
  • I carry just enough for the day when I'm going to work or staying local. If I travel, I'll take my dailys for the duration with me plus a day or so extra in case my flight gets cancelled or something like that.

    The rest I stash away, somewhere I have a post about someone getting into mine a couple of years ago Xmas and helping themselves to 12 of them.

    LT
    Diagnosis: Thoracic facet syndrome & cervical and thoracic radiculopathy from car accident trauma.
  • sandisandi Posts: 6,269
    edited 05/05/2014 - 6:36 AM
    Even working double shifts, there is no reason for you to carry the full prescription with you.....you can ask for a smaller bottle from your pharmacist and carry just enough to get you through your work day and take your last dose at home.
    What are you going to do if someone gets into your bag one day? Or you forget to lock the locker? Or the lock breaks?
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