Had my pain management appt this morning and was told that the docs are now required to lower the dose their patients are taking. I forget what he called it that the FDA calls the number they want patients taking per day.
For several months I was prescribed: 90 oxymorphone ER 10mg. 100 percocets 10/325.
Today I was prescribed: 60 oxymorphone ER 10mg. 120 percocets 10/325.
My doctor said it was the least amt he could lower for me without changing too much. While I appreciate him upping the number of instant release, removing the ER concerns me. He submitted my RX electronically to Walgreens.
Walgreens called me and said there was an issue with my insurance company not approving the ER pills until April 11th! I had thought that it was because they read it wrong thinking I was taking 60 pills each month but when I called BCBS, I was told that I maximized the number of ER allowed per 3 months. They said that as of Jan 2018, the number of ER meds is capped and a pre authorization from a doctor is needed to bypass this. So then I called the doc and asked them to call BCBS which will take 48 hours at minimum so I won't be able to get my ER meds til Monday.
A side note about the 10mg percocets. A few months ago, Walgreens changed the generics they get to Cambers which so many people are having issues with (making them sick etc). I had to go to rite aid past couple months just for the percocets to avoid Cambers. I talked to my pharmacist last week and she was able to order me 100 of the old generics I used to take. But since my pain Dr. upped my percocets today, I had to either wait til Monday to get all of the old generics so I decided to just get the 100 old ones she ordered + 20 of the worthless Cambers. Ugh! What a pain in the butt day!
I really didn't think I was on that high of a dose compared to the amt a lot of other patients at PM take but I guess I am?? Is anyone else experiencing this? Did your PM Dr. tell you they have to decrease your meds to meet FDA suggestions?
What's the end goal I wonder and how much more are they going to try to decrease. Very worrisome