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I am a chronic severe pain patient, my MD has prescribed

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I am a chronic severe pain patient, my MD has prescribed Percocet 10/325, Brand necessary, to manage my pain for 7 years, I cannot find any pharmacys that have my medication. I always go to my local PUBLIX pharmacy to fill the Rx, but they advised me that they cannot get the medication. Consequently, I was forced to go 4 other pharmacies in search of medication and none were able to fill my Rx. After 3 hours of searching a pharmacy was able to fill Rx with generic Med, I have been in terrible pain because the generic Med is ineffective : withdrawal, insomnia, depression and anxiety symptoms are producing desperation and hopelessness. I cannot live or function in my current state. Please advise me on my options!
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Pharmacy
Expert:  Dr. Cooper replied 8 months ago.
Hi there,
Please allow me a moment to read and fully understand your question.
Expert:  Dr. Cooper replied 8 months ago.
I can totally understand your suffering and empathize with you. Withdrawals from that medication can be extremely difficult if not impossible to deal with.
Expert:  Dr. Cooper replied 8 months ago.
Even though generics have the same active ingredients as the brand name, at the end of the day.... Brand is still Brand.
But unfortunately, as soon as a generic becomes available, brand is typically not available. I would try to use different generics and see which one agrees with you more. I have seen that different people respond differently to the same drug made by a different company.... Ironic, but true. So do not give up... Also continue to try to see if any pharmacy is able to order the brand for you. Brand might not be available. But does not hurt to try.
Expert:  Dr. Cooper replied 8 months ago.
Other options are to ask your MD to switch you to another medication. Oxycontin still comes as a brand. You should benefit from that. It is the same as Percocet but with the Tylenol.
Expert:  Dr. Cooper replied 8 months ago.
I meant without the Tylenol
Expert:  Dr. Cooper replied 8 months ago.
In the meantime, to deal with the pain and withdrawals, take an additional 1/2 to 1 tablet to see if it helps.
Expert:  Dr. Cooper replied 8 months ago.
I am surprised your pharmacist did not take initiative and contacted your doctor to switch to Oxycontin (Brand).
Expert:  Dr. Cooper replied 8 months ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Cooper replied 8 months ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Cooper replied 8 months ago.
Feeling any better?
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I sincerely ***** ***** kind reply and useful advice. I plan to call my physician in the morning for an appointment to discuss your suggestions. I share your surprise that my pharmacist didn't offer to assist me.
Your response is excellent!! Thanks for caring.
Expert:  Dr. Cooper replied 8 months ago.
I am glad I could help. Please be sure to rate my service as we only get credit for helping clients if rated. You are not charged twice.
Keep me posted on how it goes with your doctor.
Take care.
Expert:  Dr. Cooper replied 8 months ago.
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