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Dear Ex,

It seems that our medications are frighteningly similar! As I've probably stated far too many times for your comfort--I use the following pain medications (and for what): First of all, I have Systemic Lupus and the Lupus Anticoagulant. This is why I am on these medications, and I have been on them for many years--I'll place start year in parentheses. [B](1996) Duragesic[/B] titrated up to 75 mcg within a few months and have remained there ever since! [B](2006, I think)[/B] Went to the first of two generic forms of the patch! The first and most hateful was the [B]Mylan[/B]--no pain relief, significant withdrawal symptoms. I would have given anything to pay the Brand Name Co-Pay to obtain the relief. However, my pharmacist--a truly grand man who is earning the jewels in his crown in Heaven--quickly ordered the Sandoz brand. He pointed out that the Sandoz laboratory (for this product) had the same, exact address [B]AS THE JANSSEN BRAND NAME[/B]. According to my insurance, it didn't cost me anything different. As well, this Sandoz fentanyl patch looked surprisingly similar to the Janssen Brand Name Duragesic Patch! All of the pain relief, the manner in which I perceived it's function, etc., all seemed the same. Even the printing on the patches themselves looked very similar!! The way it all functioned--but at a much lower price than the Janssen--$10 for 15 patches, according to my plan--was almost Biblical!

[B](1998--I think) Actiq[/B] began being offered. However, I was quickly "not a valid candidate" according to my insurance company because I was not terminal. It was beyond needed to me, but it cost me nearly $900 per box per month. Dearest Ex...I had to use 2 boxes per month! My parents helped me pay for this. [B](2005--I think) Actiq[/B] went generic through the Barr Company. This way, my cost went down from $1,800 for two boxes of Actiq per month to $10.00 for two boxes of this generic Actiq per month! I have not commented a single time concerning this change. It is truly absurd. It's like adding another pay check. The packaging looks almost identical to the Brand Name Actiq. Even the printing on the lozenge itself looks the same, except that the word "ACTIQ" doesn't appear!

Now, Ex, I do not come from money. My father is a retired minister and my mother is a retired English teacher. Frankly, I'm just thankful in every way I can muster! The only way I can "get by" is that I applied for and, thankfully, receive Disability!! I have enough Medical Records to choke anyone!!

[B](1996)[/B] I was titrated up to [B]generic Dilaudid (Roxane) 8 mg.[/B] I get a bottle of between 100 and 120 per month. It just depends on my needs during each time period, and I must say that my doctor keeps very, very close records. This medication usage has been consistent ever since I was placed upon it.

While I do have some other incidental medications, these three are my main medications. I do use Fioricet and Fioricet w/Codeine for muscle tension type headaches. These medications have been used regularly ever since I was in college--around 1990!

I'm sorry to have gone on and on. Thank you for your interest. Again, please know that I am impressed with the manner in which you write. As well, I appreciate your expressions!

Thank you, Ex! Thank you for always posting what you really, really mean.

Sincerely,
Jon (Conductor)

P.S. I look forward to getting to know you through this board, my friend. Just to apologize in advance, I have been up for a long, long time--so forgive me of many terribly obnoxious grammatical errors! Usually, I try to read and re-read, which I did. I'm just not sure I caught every last thing!
Dear Pepper,

You are welcome for anything and everything. Your screen name always catches my eye and guarantees a view (possibly a reply) from me! Pepper, you have a large number of replies, so please know that the knowledge, sharing, and "thank you's" go both ways! I've learned a great deal from you, too. And, I don't say these things if I don't mean them! Sincerely, Jon (Conductor)

Dear Brian,

You have regularly made me realize the need to learn. When I started following your story, I read with awe at your difficult plight! And, Brian, you never needed anyone to "set you straight" concerning the knowledge!! Sincerely, Jon (Conductor)

To Everyone,

(I don't usually like to follow this same way of answering, but I will use it for now.)

[B][U]This whole fentanyl patch use idea keeps morphing, doesn't it?[/U][/B] I see that we started years ago with just the Brand Name by Janssen. Then, it changed to having Janssen, Sandoz, and Mylan. Now, there is an additional generic brand. I don't remember the company's name, right now. Plus, people have all sorts of different ways to keep the patches on the skin! I wouldn't be surprised to see that we might need to start another thread to keep this idea going, if needed.

Sincerely,
Jon (Conductor)

P.S. This is to Ex--because she was reponding to me when she mentioned it. Anyone can answer, of course, but I address it to Ex. What is Oxyfast? Is it another form of Percocet or Oxycodone without the acetaminophen? Thanks! Jon (Conductor)
[QUOTE=conductor;3527444]This whole fentanyl patch use idea keeps morphing, doesn't it?[/U][/B] I see that we started years ago with just the Brand Name by Janssen. Then, it changed to having Janssen, Sandoz, and Mylan. Now, there is an additional generic brand. I don't remember the company's name, right now.[/QUOTE]

Watson

[QUOTE]This is to Ex--because she was reponding to me when she mentioned it. Anyone can answer, of course, but I address it to Ex. What is Oxyfast? Is it another form of Percocet or Oxycodone without the acetaminophen? [/QUOTE]

Oxyfast is liquid Oxycodone made by Purdue Pharma (same Manuf as OC). Another equal brand is "Roxicodone" in liquid. Each bottle is 30cc or 30 droppers. The dropper that comes with it is almost identical to baby Tylenol. The dropper has 4 lines on it....Bottom one is 5Mg, next is 10Mg, three fourths full is 15Mg, and the top line or one dropper full is 20Mg. Works within 5-10 minutes, max. What I like about it (besides working quick) is that you can titrate the dose depending on your pain. I guess you can do that with pills, but it's easier with a liquid dropper. I use two bottles per month for BT.

Ex
Another thing to consider with the fentanyl Patch is the brand name. I have tried all 3 "different" types the "Foil" metallic backed ones. the "gel" filled ones and the ones from Mylan which is a clear patch but no "gel" resevoir. I definatley like the ones from Mylan the best by far. no chance of burns from the foil. no chance of leaks from the gel "pouch". the Mylans are by far the most reliable. I make it a point if I have to go to a new Pharmacy to ask what kind they prescribe before I ask them to fill it. I have used the Mylan brand for the past 7 years.
That is so funny...I hate Mylan. I tried it once about 8 years ago and the pain relief was much less than the gel. So, I switched back, even though I had to search for a pharmacy that carried something different.

I guess everyone responds differently to them...that is why they have different types!





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