Where I live the plain oxycodone is cheaper than generic Percocet. I checked at the pharmacy I used and the next one up the street to be sure, and then asked my doctor to prescribe accordingly. She was willing to do that, and I got rid of the acetominophen too.
Only 5 mg. oxycodones are available here also. The pharmacist called the doctor and got it okayed, did the math for her and everything. She had ordered one ten mg. tablet as needed for breakthrough pain.
It is often worth shopping around, pharmacists are usually more than willing to be helpful.
We are all different. I have taken many different generics and brand name counterparts over the 15 years I have been in pain management, and I have never noticed any difference at all. So, I decide by price.
As long as one is willing to pay the piper, do what ever you wish to do.
I read this along with part two of the article. Somatization is a psychiatric diagnosis and I have a real problem with the authors using chronic fatigue syndrome, FMS, and irritable bowel as examples of somatization and saying it is okay to "label" the patient's problems by using these diagnoses.
They also suggested using "benign" treatments, they mentioned using NSAIDs for this, NSAIDs are not benign. I was always taught not to play into a patients delusions, but to gently tell them the truth. I would need a lot more psychiatric information to deal with this problem.
Then I looked at the date of publishing, it was Feb. of 2000, twelve years ago. That is a long time as far as medical research goes.
Old information does sometimes change with time. Thank God. Look at asthma, it was thought to be due to emotional problems too.
I have FMS, I had no mental health issues prior to diagnosis. I had one episode of depression when I could no longer work, but I treated it with cognitive behavioral therapy and it went away as I adjusted to my new life. I found antidepressant meds were more harmful for me than not taking them at all.
I will NOT go to the FMS Board rather than coming here, as it seems to me to be a mostly social board. I like the discussions here far better and rarely go to the FMS board at all anymore.
How much pain someone has or what kind of pain is not an issue here, or should not be, just the fact that someone is interested in chronic pain is all that is important to me.
I don't know where you get your information about folks with FMS not needing breakthrough meds or feeling "almost whole again", please do not make assumptions about people you do not know. Like me. Those statements are not true for me and my FMS pain.
This post really does not sound like you. Are you okay?
Price also changes from pharmacy to pharmacy and one area to another. In my community plain oxycodone 5 mg. in generic form was cheaper than generic oxycodone/APAP when I called and asked about it.
If you do not have an agreement with your doctor to use only one pharmacy, and have to pay in full out of pocket, it might be worth it to call around every month and ask the price from several pharmacies.
Don't forget that there are inert fillers in meds. According to the FDA all drugs brand and generic must have the amount of the active duty med that it says it has on the bottle. If one says five mg. and the other says ten mg. they are only talking about the oxycodone, not the inert fillers.