From the Wall Street Journal Aug 22,2014:
“The Obama administration moved Thursday to restrict prescriptions of the most commonly used narcotic painkillers in the U.S. in an attempt to curb widespread abuse.
The DEA said it would reclassify hydrocodone combination drugs such as Vicodin and put them in the category reserved for medical substances with the highest potential for harm. The “rescheduling” means people will be able to receive the drugs for only up to 90 days without obtaining a new prescription.
The new classification will take effect in 45 days, the DEA said.
“Today’s action recognizes that these products are some of the most addictive and potentially dangerous prescription medications available,” said DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart.
The change means that, in most instances, patients will have to present to a pharmacy a prescription from a health-care provider and no longer can rely on a phoned or faxed-in one.
The move had been resisted by drug makers, wholesalers, drugstores and patients with pain. They said there were other ways to reduce painkiller abuse and were concerned that people suffering acute pain could be harmed by barriers to treatment.”
Has anyone else run into problems with their doctors with regard to rescue medication?
I cannot use tripalines(sp?) as I has a stroke and my neurologist doesn’t want to risk it. So I use OTC meds if I can catch it before its a 4, if its a 4-7 I use Fiorcet. If that doesn’t stop it from building and the nausea starts my only options are nausea meds, narcotics (my rescue meds), or medical marijuana (which does help but I don’t like the amount I have to use to make the pain go away as I am out for awhile. In case anyone is wondering, I vape it.).
As many of you can relate to, my tolerance for pain medication is very high and I need a higher dosage.
I went to see my neurologist for an update on my meds and she was very evasive regarding renewing my narcotic rescue meds.
I hope that this new restriction wont turn out badly for those of us who rely on these medicines to keep us out of the hospital ER.