I would be very, very, very surprised if they would ban either of these drugs. Oxycontin sales alone are over 2 billion dollars a year in the US. These drugs have been around for a long time and many people depend on them. The FDA would have to have a very, very good reason to ban them. Restrictions are another story; its possible they will put further restrictions on doctors.
There are a long list of alternatives in any case; tramadol, methadone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, fentanyl and opioids as well as non-opioids.
Yes, I don't believe they will ban these two drugs either. Hydrocone plus acetaminiphen = Vicodin and there are many combinations of strength for this drug. They can be used for other types of chronic pain, not just fibromyalgia. So I really don't think they will ban the drugs. More restrictions could be coming, as I now have to have a "drug test" every 6 months, even though I am following my doctor's orders for prescriptions. I find this offensive, but if I want to keep taking the pain medications, this is the price I need to pay. It feels like we are not trusted anymore, even though the abuse problem, is largely not with people who legitamitly take pain meds. People who abuse these either steal them from others or get them by having several doctors prescribe them, and those doctors don't know that the patient has more than 1 source of supply.
TG - that's really interesting about the drug test. I just recently changed pain doctors, and the new doctor said I had to take "random" urine tests. I have a drug pump and take morphine sulfate for breakthrough pain, even though I take it only when I absolutely have to because before the pump I was on 230 ml per day, so when they put the pump in, I went through severe withdrawals when they took me off. So I'm really glad I'm off the drugs and the pump was really a godsend. But 3 months after I got the pump installed, I found out it had been FDA Class I recalled 3 months before they installed it.......(That's why I changed doctors...another story)... anyway, my 1st doctor never made me take drug tests, nor did my Primary doctor who was writing my prescritions for the morphine originally).... So, it's kind of suspicious... I guess just a doctors preference just to cover themselves....
They have already taken Darvocet off the market, so my doctor had to change to Hydrocodone and/or Oxycodone. I have had other pain drugs that has not worked as well. My insurance only covers Generic drugs, so the possibility of getting the premium (brand name) is little-to-none. I am a 72 year old woman, retired and living alone on SSA. Can't afford the higher priced drugs. I have had several back surgeries and suffered from Sciaticia, Spinal Stenosis, and Periformis Syndrome. I can barely walk to my mailbox without pain. If the government stops these meds, it is because of all the mis-use for "highs" that causes addiction. We should not be penalized for those who mis-use the drugs.
These drugs aren't going to be banned. In fact, they are working on a time release version of hydrocodone without the acetaminophen in it. A lot of pain management doctors have their patients sign a pain contract where they can be called in anytime to be drug tested. The doctors are checking to see if you are taking your meds. They are also checking to see if you have drugs in your system that shouldn't be there. It's a very common practice so don't feel singled out.
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