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    Posted: Jan/20/2011 at 4:04pm
Hello all i haven't been on this site in a year or two wow.  So i was doing great i found a new PM dr who was more than amazing and helpful.  I was on 30mg Oxycodone's i'm back in school gained 10 pounds and feel my age again 25.  That was up until last wk i went to my pharmacy handed her my prescription and she said back ordered and i don't know when we are getting them she told me to try other stores so i did 18 in total my Dr's office also called 15 places no one has them everyone said "backordered" i'm not sure why one phamacist said it's bc everyone that was taking Oxycotin is now on oxycodone and their isn't enough (the demand is much higher than what the manufactor is making) another pharmacy said they aren't making them any more.  Long story short my Dr put me on Opana er 40 mg and 10mg IR Ummm oww i'm hurting really bad and worst of all my chest feels really heavy and hurts.  I called my Dr and he said i don't have a choice right now...I'm just nervous any suggestions would be gratefully appreciated 

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Hi Jen
 
Getting used to medication can be hard at times - I had my dose of oxycontin ER increased from 40 mg BD to 50 mg BD and I was only waking up to take more oxycontin - so my Pain Specialist gradually put the dose back and back until I am again on 40 mg BD - that's 80 mg a day and even if I have extra pain I would rather be awake and know the pain and be alive
 
I am not sure what back ordered means - in Australia everyone who needs it takes oxycontin - mine is a high dose but I have been taking it or something like it for about 14 years
 
And no one likes it much
 
In my opinion you are getting the run-around - which is Aussie-speak for getting told to move along and be someone else's problem
 
I am so sorry about that -
 
BUT if you chest is aching and feels heavy my suggestion is to get yourself in the ER - it's better to be told that you have no heart problems - and feel a bit idiotic than to add a heart attack to your other horrific injuries
 
I can hardly believe you survived that - OMGosh - how did you?
 
I am so so sorry
 
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Back-ordered apparently in NY every pharmacy doesn't have oxycodone 30mg the manufacture isn't or didn't make enough to meet the needs of the patients on it... I don't know what to do the Opana ER  40mg and OPana 10mg isn't doing it i'm in a lot of pain and cannot up the dose bc my chest hurts my dr wanted me on 2x Opana ER 40mg twice a day  and the OPana IR 10mg for BTP.  Does anyone know if they'll fix the 30mg Oxycodone problem bc thats what works for me but no pharmacy in NY has them.  My normal Pharmacy says she will have them tomorrow but she also said that over a week ago.  I have my orginial prescription for them... so hopefully they have them so i can get off this Opana i'm in so much pain.  One more problem my dr isn't in till next Tuesday i called him earlier in the wk and told him my chest hurts i'm super groggy and sick to my stomach and he said i don't have a choice and to give it a couple days... what does that mean ? 
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Jen--

I am not sure what the truth really is about this "supposed" shortage of Oxycodone 30mg.

For members who are confusing Oxycontin and Oxycodone-----Oxycontin is the extended release form of the drug usually taken twice a day.  Oxycodone is the IR (immediate release) form taken every 4-6 hours.

Jen, I get Oxycodone 10mg tablets that I cut in half and take 5mg at a time---sometimes within an hour or so if no relief, I take the other half.  (Again for anyone confusing the medications, Oxycontin absolutely can NOT be cut, ever).

As I have not had any problems obtaining the 10mg tablets, is there a way that you could get those prescribed for you and take 2-3 of them?  I know that it is probably more expensive, but to get you off the Opana which is making  you sick---maybe this would be a shot term solution?

One thing that I am thinking is that since they somehow have changed the formulary of Oxycontin and many people are not doing well on it, more may now have switched over to Oxycodone, and that may be a reason for the shortage?  I think that you mentioned a pharmacist telling you that.

Well, I would ask you Dr. about just giving you more of the 10mgs as long as they are in stock until this mess is figured out.  NO, I don't know WTH he is talking about, making you stay on a med that is making you so sick if we can figure out something in the meantime.  Stevie

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Jen-I know there's a shortage of Oxycodone in the USA because of the new drug changed so that addicts can't chew or crush the pill any longer but unfortunately many who are in chronic pain are having side effects or no relief from the new Oxycontin so Drs are prescribing Oxycodone instead for their patients who can't handle the new Oxycontin so no wonder they're short. I agree with Stevie and don't understand why Pharmacies can't just switch to giving you 3- 10mg pills in return for 30mg.

If the Opana is causing sore stomach or nausea I hope your going to the bathroom regular, well guess you know that taking narcotics but if the heaviness in your chest is new or chest pain you should get checked out at Urgent Care or ER. For nausea you can call the Pharmacist and ask what you can take for an upset stomach. I hope you get the chest pain checked out but try some Milk of Magnesia 20ml or 4 teaspoons for stomach relief but not within an hour or two of taking your meds or you may want to try crackers also throughout the day if you're stomach is acid.

That's awful when your Pharmacist says it's going to be there tomorrow and then it's not there. Maybe they're giving it out to first come first serve customers but guess it's the shortage. I don't know if you've tried MS Contin or Fentanyl patch for chronic pain if that may be an option for you? How long are you on Opana for? It may take a little while to build up in your system but the instant relief med should work with in an hour to give you relief. Sorry to hear your pain is not relieved and hope you're icing and using heat to help also. It's not easy having pain everyday and you really need relief especially since you have to get up everyday to go to school and function. What's your studies?

Its sad your Drs away right now mine is also this week, must be some convention or something..J/K hope it's okay'have to laugh when we're in pain sometimes..but seriously I hope you feel better soon and get the pain under control.

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Thanks so much guys, i'm keeping my fingers crossed thats my pharmacist is going to have the oxycodone 30mg tomorrow... she ordered over 2 wks ago for me.  If she has it that would be fantastic ..........hopefully it wont be a problem bc of the Opana prescription i had filled a couple of days ago which is going back to dr bc it isn't agreeing with me.  It  shouldn't be a problem right bc they are different medicines and i'm gonna stop the Opana.  I'm in a pretty crappy place right now i'm in a tremendous amount of pain and having slight withdrawels  but can't & won't up the opana bc its making me sick.......HELP ?
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I understand Jen - we can have a let's take less and feel better - and endure the pain - club -  but your injuries actually shocked me and I am hard to shock - believe me
 
Stevie - On my packets of Oxycontin is says they are oxycodone hydrochloride. I know MSContin is morphine sulphate - and I was scared to take them because I am allergic to sulphur based drugs and I didn't do well on it all
 
But my shots are Morphine Sulphate and there isn't any problem - maybe the suphur is bound into a salt because I don't have a problem now - but I accidently ate Trail Mix with out reading the packet and I had asthma until I saw the sign on the packet - contains sulphur dioxide
 
I am glad I saw that before I got really really sick
 
Now I know why sometimes I can eat an egg and other times not
 
All the best Jen - I think you are getting short shrift and you deserve better
 
Keep it touch - I don't think I have spoken with you before
 
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Jen,

I agree that if you have chest pain you should go to the ER and get checked out. It's much better to be safe than sorry. Getting your meds messed around or needing more that you can't get is horrible. I have been through it. I am sure I am addicted to opioids but when we have what I call proper pain then we just have to take what works.

In theory if you take oxycodone regularly it should have the same effect as oxycontin. Fentanyl patches as Sara suggested or Butrans patches which I use are great for chronic pain if you can tolerate them. I have to take an antihistamine every day to counteract the itching but Butrans do work.

I do hope you sort out this meds problem and wish I could help your pain. I hope you have someone who understands your situation at home or nearby. Whatever use this forum. It's saved my sanity. Keep posting.

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Quaver - I have been taking opoids andopiates for a long time - and I know if I stopped I would be in a lot of pain -
 
When I first hurt my spine I used to go and have a week in hospital and do really hard physiotherapy - the exercise bike and the treadmill - really hard - and they would give me Pethedine after every session - and then I would go home - not having had oral pain killers all week
 
I would feel strange - but I was aware of the change because I had been warned and I could fall straight back onto my oral medication
 
I've brought this up before and it has been said by other's that being prepared for a change in medication - and the sweating and shivers passed every time - and more easily because my doses of Pethidine were less and less each time
 
But after saying that - I am aware I am habituated. I am habituated to having some pain free time - I am habituated to taking my medication
 
I would stop it all if I could - but I think I would find myself addicted to a wheel chair really fast (with all due respect to people in wheel chairs of course)

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Once you start wearing maternity clothes you never get out of them
 
Well - we do - eventually the baby gets pretty sick and tired as much as the mother and the situation changes and we can get out of materity clothes
 
However - that wheel chair may be temporary - but my guess it that it is the oxycontin that keeps me upright - take it away and I will be in a wheel chair
 
Oh dear - how compromised our lives become
 
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Hey all, I am happy to say my pharmacist called me at 10am and said to come on down Thank gosh bc this morning and last night were horrible i was so sick and in so much pain i was taking the minimal amount of Opana bc it doesn;t agree with me.  Now i'm just waiting to explain to my dr he still hasn't called me (it amazes me how he can prescrib a medicine i have never taken and i call the office only to find out he's left the office and will be back on tuesday i explained to the nurse the heavy and pain i was feeling in my chest she says she will call him and call me back she does and says take half the amount i tell her i did (she says maybe its too strong but i don't have any other options) due to the shortage in oxycodone.  Well long story short i get my orginal prescription hopefully he doesn;t get mad, i tried the Opana like he asked even if it was just 2 days i couldn't keep taking it bc of the side effects and being sick bc i was taking half the does and obv horrible pain.  Well i am happy to say i fell great right now my pain is about a 1 if that bc i am back on the oxycodone .  What do you guys think ? and thank you all again this site really is amazing well the ppl on this site are amazing and i thank all of you !!! Have a wonderful pain-free or close to it weekend
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Jen-I said a prayer for you and so glad you got your medication. I don't get out a lot now but Oxycontin has really helped me get by. Best wishes and get back to studying. You take care. Sara
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Jen---

Thank goodness you got your Oxy.  If I were you, I would take all of the unused Opana back to the PM Dr so that they can count it.  You should not get into trouble.  We hear about problems with these PM Groups when people do NOT take their unused meds back in.

You surely need it documented how ill you got on the Opana.  Let's just hope that this shortage of Oxycodone is straightened out quickly, and maybe you are going to have to get the pharmacist to order it for you ahead of time so that you don't face this again.

I really do hope that you will feel much better now.  Hugs, Stevie

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Hi all, I have all the opana and am giving them back to my Dr i am just scard my dr is gonna get mad that i only used the opana for a couple days and he'll say i didn't give it a chance... But i know my body pretty well and when i take half the dose he prescribed and my chest hurt and just was feeling over all horrible that this medicine wasn't gonna work especially when i have to go back to grad school monday.  I was on mophine sulfate years ago and the same thing happened i had a bad allergic reaction from it and thats what was happening with the opana.  It's kinda of sad that i'm nervous about my dr when i feel great again uuhhh
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Opana is similar to morphine.  I wonder if it was the best choice to give to someone who had a similar reaction to morphine, and so I wouldn't have continued to take it either.

Hopefully, he will be glad that you have the Oxycodone, that it works for you and that you have been up front and honest.  I don't know what more anyone could ask of you.  So, don't be afraid---you did nothing wrong.   Thumbs Up  Stevie

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Thanks Stevie & everyone else for your wonderful advice i don't know what i would have done yesterday & this morning without the support you guys have given me ! He's never (my dr) has never mentioned anything about switching my med's in the past year and a half i think it was switched bc of the shortage of oxycodone.  But when i tried for over a week to get the prescription filled with no luck...the nurses at my dr's office called over 20 places too (yes they are great) with no luck my dr called and said i had to come in bc he had to find a new medication for me i sat at the office for 3hrs the nurses were still looking for the oxycodone with no luck.  My dr came in and said well no one has oxycodone so we have to switch you i immediately cried one bc i was in pain due to the fact i had no meds well one pill 8hrs earlier and bc i was nervous i have tried so many medications and the oxycodone has worked wonders for me.  My dr than said well i;ve wanted to switch you to a long acting medication any way... i get that taking half the amount of medicine sounds better but they equal the same mg so its really the same thing.  He still hasn't called i wish he would so i can tell him everything i don't think he'll be mad but what if he is .....if he is thats ridiculous i feel great and i have my medicine back but i do understand that the shortage of oxycodone could effect me again next month and so on (the pharmacist said she'd order it for me every month so who knows) 
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Jen, I am so pleased that you managed to get this ironed out. What a crazy situation!  I hope you can explain this to your Dr when you give back the pills that have made you feel so ill.  Heaviness and pain in the chest is not something just to be ignored.  I hope this new found pain relief lasts for you now - if ever you needed any reassurance that you're on the correct medication, you just got it!

Just as an aside, with regards to drug names and the safety of cutting tablets in half.  I take OxyContin 10mg. However, on my repeat prescription list, and on the medication label, it appears named as Oxycodone Hydrochloride M/R, the OxyContin brand name often doesn't appear on the packaging at all. The short acting break-through med I take is called OxyNorm, or as it appears on my prescription list, Oxycodone Hydrochloride I/R.  However, the I/R drug I am given is a capsule, therefore cannot be cut in half, whereas the M/R is in tablet form, and could be. Given that it is never safe to cut an extended release tablet into half, it seems to be the wrong way round from a safety point of view. So, please, if you are ever in any doubt whatsoever about what you are taking, do not cut the tablets in half until you have checked with a pharmacist first.
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spicey i am oxycodone 30mg not oxycotin, the oxycodone isn't time released and i would never cut them in half my dr calls me a worry wart bc i always ask a million question for example i had bronchitis and was afraid to take the breathing treatments (albuteral nubulizer) i eventually did and was fine lol.  So my dr called and i explained to him how awful i felt he said i shouldn't have had any chest pains well i did he also said that opana (oxymophone is the same thing as oxycodone) which it isn't well long story short he said he was happy i got my prescription oxycodone and was feeling better and he wanted me to cut down as much as i could tolerate i agreed so we are gonna go from there not really sure what to think about it.  I don't know if its the weather in Ny snowy and below 20degrees but my legs are killing me so achy and sore feels like i ran 10 miles (btw i used to run 5 miles everyday before the accident sad i can't any more) but with the medicine i can some of the things i used to enjoy modified tho.  Or maybe its bc of not being on the oxycodone for days not really sure i'm gonna go to bed i also haven't slept in 3days bc of the opana and being sick so the pain is probably a combination of things.  Thanks again all 
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Oh I'm sorry you're having such a rough weekend. That break in pain relief, coupled with the really cold weather, could well be enough to have caused an increase in pain. Hopefully in a few days things will be back to normal again. Fingers crossed!
Keep us posted on how you're doing. Hugs, Spicey
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I feel so much better back to my usual self Big smile My Dr called again today and asked how i was doing i told him i feel much better that i feel good he asked how much i cut back on the oxycodone i said one and he became annoyed at least he sounded annoyed he said one thats it i said its only been 2 days i'm gonna keep trying to see how much i can tolerate.  He said "ok well i want you on a long acting medicine oxycotin and oxycodone for break through pain talk to you during the week" Um i don't know what to think and why all of a sudden does he want me on a long acting medicine i could understand if the short acting medicine wasn't controlling my pain but it is and i've been on the same dose for over 2 years.  I have been on everything under the sun and the oxycodone has been the most successful (i have never tried  oxycotin) i just don't get it and i'm willing to try what he wants me to but i can't really do that now with school i can't miss class if i'm in too pain.  If anyones has any thoughts on why my dr wants to do this please let me know because i don't and i'm nervous and upset.  My dr has never been short with me he's always explained and listened to what i had said, he had me see a pain management dr over a year ago and the pain management dr wanted to continue the meds i was on.... so my dr said i could either stay with my reg dr or go with the pm dr i choose my regular dr bc i've been with him for years and am comfortable there ok i'm going on and on lol
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Bubbles-I take Oxycontin and have no break through drugs at all. At first I took Percocets temporarily then my Dr. put me on extended relief and she says the chance of addiction is too high for instant relief meds but that was my situation. My Dr. has been closely following me with Oxycontin and I take 120mg a day though sometimes can get by on 80 mg. I find there's no highs or lows with my Oxycontin it's like a steady release of meds but I know when the 8 hours or sometimes can last up to 12 hours with 80mg. So usually with 120mg a day I get 5 mg of oxycodone an hour with slow release. The only thing is if you need a breakthrough med it can help you to get by when you're more active and needing that extra pill. It's good that you're Dr. is working with you but seems he really wants you on a slow release med but you'll still have breakthrough meds. I hope it works good for you. Take care. Sara
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This probably sounds stupid but i'm so scared that my "life" is gonna be taken away.  What i mean is that my dr is going to take me off my medicine and put me on something else (thats isn't as effective) i have felt so good for over a year with the medication i'm on...like i said before i've been on everything under the sun and nothing was as successful as the oxycodone.  I'm back in school i'm in pt i have a life i feel good ! why would anyone want to interfere with that? 
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Honey

Have you been keeping a pain journal... Documenting what you just said???

It helps. I hope your meds won't br changed on you. Stevie

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Hi Stevie,
I used to keep a pain journal years ago when my dr was testing & trying new medications on me.  But for the past year & a half i've felt great and have been on the same medication & same dose so i have not keep a pain journal.  My dr hasn't called me this week yet so maybe he'll leave me alone lol i mean leave me on the medicine i'm on Hopefully! we'll see.
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Let's hope so!!!  I agree, if it isn't broken, don't fix it.  Leave well enough alone, and if something is working----that is GREATClap

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So i had an apt with my Dr last week everything went well he agreed to keep me on the oxycodone because of the bad reaction i had to the Opana er & ir.  My Dr wanted to make sure that i wouldn't have a problem getting the oxycodone like the previous month he spoke with my pharmacist and she said that if i could bring in the prescription a week early (she would be able to order them and get them by the time i needed them) if she didn't have anything.  So thats what i did i brought in the prescription last week and she said she'd have them by today.  Hahahaha NOPE i called her this morning and she said they (her wholesaler) recieved the order on friday but now there's a problem with authorization and she has no clue when they will get the medication in.  So i am now panicing i only have 2 pills left not enough for the whole day considering yesterday was day 30 on the medicine.  I mean if the pharmacist tells me and my doctor  that she is 100% sure she will have the medicine for me and now doesn't you would think she'd try and help me and see if other places had it nope she ssays you'll have to call alot of places ahhhhhh and my dr not in till WED.  HELP
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(((((((Bubbles)))))))

Oh poor you! It's so scary knowing that your pain meds are running out! I always manage to squirrel a bit and so have some in reserve but I don't think we're policed to the same extent in the UK (well I'm not)

What I suggest you do, bearing in mind I don't know the system so you'll probably get more sound advice from others, but anyway! Go to the pharmacy first thing tomorrow. You never know your meds may be there! If not and the problem is that another pharmacy with supplies needs to be found then ask your pharmacy for a list of numbers and ring them while you are in the store. Offer to pay for a courier if it's allowed and you can afford it.

If all of that is useless then go to the ER and beg for help. I will be with you in spirit. I know just how you feel.

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bubbles,

I suggest getting on the phone and calling as many pharmacies as you can until you find them. The problem you are going to encounter is that not many are willing to discuss if they have a CII med there or not for fear of robbery. This is what I would do. I would go get my prescription back from the original pharmacy. Then, armed with a phone book full of addresses, I would go from pharmacy to pharmacy until you get it filled. Are there any hospital pharmacies in your area that dispense to the public? If so, that would be my first stop as they have most everything in stock.
I think even when the Dr and Nurses called, most pharmacies wont disclose they have oxy because of the robbery/theft potential.
I'm so sorry you have to go through this. I take OxyContin 20mg 3x a day and OxyIR 30mg 3x a day and I have never had a problem here in WI getting them. Although I have heard that there in NY and FL are having the major problems getting them. That totally sucks, I hope I never face that dilemma.
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Hi Quaver,
Thanks so much for the advice its definitely appreciated.  So i just went to my normal pharmacy to pick up my script the pharmacist informed me that she ordered them over a week ago but she had no clue when she was getting them in and that i should take me script to another pharmacy because she was uncertain to when the medicine would arrive or if it would arrive.  So i nervously started driving i remembered a pharmacy close that i had went to about a year ago once when my pharmacy didn't have the medication.  I was expecting the pharmacist to say back ordered or something but he said hey how are you? you were the girl in a terrible car accident right? i replied yes and he said i'll have your prescription ready soon 3 min later they called my name and i had.  I'm so happy i really thought i was gonna have a problem like last month ( 20 pharmacy and everyone said back ordered) and my dr had to put me on the opana until my pharmacist got my original medication.
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Bubbles!!!!!!
 
That is fantastic news - I am so glad for you
 
We should never be hung out to dry like that - I know the system stinks in the States - and I don't understand this back ordering issue - but it seems to me as if the paranoia is like a cancer crippling many people in the pharmaeutical business
 
STick with the strength - that pharmacist already knew you were the girl who had been in a terrible car accident
 
It's a worse pain - really - you were injured and I remember reading about your injuries and they made me cringe - and the accident was not your fault - yet I get a strong feeling from many people in the States that the pain is something you just  have to suck up - bad luck - this is kharma - and
 
Then you are left in the luuch to endure more pain and anxiety while you are enduring so much pain already
 
But this time you have your medication and hopefully this pharmacist will have the medication ready for you the next time your script is due
 
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Great news!!!!

I had just read Medic's reply to you and was going to tell you exactly what he did, then scrolled down and saw that the problem is solved.  Wow, guess I would stay with that Pharmacy who got you through today.

I had this problem a while back----the pharmacy I always use said that it would take them several days to get the Oxycodone in, and did I want to wait, or take the RX somewhere else.  I was fine with waiting and they did get them in as promised.  So, stick with the one who can and will work so well with you.   Stevie

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Bubbles-Great news! I can't believe how that pharmacy is so back logged and not productive in meeting their patients needs. Any good Pharmacy would be on the phone tracking down the meds as pharmacies buy from each other. Best to stick to where they know you well. Best wishes. Sara
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You have no clue how helpful you all are ! you guys give me hope and courage to speak up and stand up for myself and i appreciate all of you ! Thanks again Hug
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It is those words of kindness back to us that make us never wanting to give up around here.   We will stay here as long as we can help each other, and you now can help someone else here.

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Dear Bubbles,

I am so glad you have your meds! In fact in the UK there is a shortage of many drugs. I was in Boots yesterday which is a huge company with stores nationwide and the pharmacist said she has 50 drugs back ordered (that glorious name again!) I selfishly thought of please not my pain meds! So far I haven't had any problems. It must be such a pain to go through those difficulties every month. Well you're OK for a while now and I hope your pain levels are right down.

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Yes i feel great !! Quaver i am also happy to hear you aren't having a problem getting your medicine !! Feel Good Everyone !
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Yes Bubbles - it is really encouraging to hear that someone is getting the treatment they deserve - you did well
 
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