It seems I've reach my limit for annual lumbar injections and need to think about the next steps dealing with my issues. Had I known, I would have spread them out further and deal with a little more pain for a short period rather than a lot for a long period. The PA said the FDA is pressuring doctors about oxycodone scripts and she recommends possibly switching to a butrans patch. As I never taking anything without researching, I asked if I can check this out and have the concerns below:
Delivery can vary depending on exposure to activity, sun, heating pad, etc...this is concerning because there is a few days worth of meds in the patch and what if the slow release gets affected.
Butrans seems even more powerful which is something I want to avoid.
Possible interaction with heart rhythm medication. I take 100mg Toprol for SVT and irregular heartbeat since age 12.
The internet says although FDA approved, Butrans is rarely covered by insurance companies. Monthly cost varies between $70 and $200
Has anyone been switched to this kind of patch and what were the effects?
Can anyone provide comment on what's mentioned above?
Thanks and wish you well,