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Unread 04-16-2013, 02:55 PM   #1
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Default Percocet shortage

I have never been to a Walgreens before and been told they are back ordered for 2 weeks on a drug. Apparently there is a percocet shortage around the nation. I had to go to five pharmacies and call as many to find my monthly percocet prescription in stock. I am going to have to switch to a different short acting pain killer. I searched the Internet and found it's all over.
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I have never been to a Walgreens before and been told they are back ordered for 2 weeks on a drug. Apparently there is a percocet shortage around the nation. I had to go to five pharmacies and call as many to find my monthly percocet prescription in stock. I am going to have to switch to a different short acting pain killer. I searched the Internet and found it's all over.
Having been a chronic pain sufferer for well over a decade, I have leaned to squirrel away any extra pain medication i have at the end of the month. Sometimes it means going a day or so with slightly lower doses. The reason I do it is for the incident you just mentioned. Should supply lines be cut for whatever reason, I don't want to be either stuck in withdrawl or scrambling to find a replacement. I have a great pain specialist who knows this, and doesn't seem to mind.

It is really worth it to save a couple back a month. I have had a couple incidents where they couldn't get my perscriptions filled on time, and had I not had a couple put aside, I would have gone into withdrawl. Talk to your Dr. about putting a couple aside as a safety. Our times are uncertain with the terrorist attacks and also just plain hold ups on perscription medications. Its one way you can protect yourself.

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My Mom was put on Percocet this month after changing from a different pain med and had to wait for 5 days until this past Monday for our local Walgreen's for their shipment to come in. At first my Mom thought they were fibbing because of how she's been treated before by this place.
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Hi Everyone.

I can understand. What dosages are you on, if I may ask. 5/325 is the most common. The best place to go is to find a local pharmacy that doesn't involve medication centered profit.

Go to a place that you can trust the pharmacist that is there. I have had the same pharmacist up to this past year, and the male pharmacist personally trained the ones that are there now. I am so lucky to have a team of pharmacists that cares and knows how to order.

My suggestion: Call the pharmacy and make sure they have it 10 days before, and tell them that you need that quantity reserved for your refill. When you drop off the script, make sure they have it still. The Patient-Pharmacist relationship is just as important as the patient-doctor relationship. That way, if they know there is a shortage, they can advise appropriately. Have 1 alternative pharmacy that is available to you. A local grocery store that has a pharmacy is usually perfect.

Hope that helps. If it makes you guys feel better, I order my Hydrocodone when I get down to 1/4 supply, which usually takes 2 months or so. It works well, but there are alternatives. Send me a PM if you need any advice. I manage over 20 drugs as a college student and somehow I make em all work.
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I have never been to a Walgreens before and been told they are back ordered for 2 weeks on a drug. Apparently there is a percocet shortage around the nation. I had to go to five pharmacies and call as many to find my monthly percocet prescription in stock. I am going to have to switch to a different short acting pain killer. I searched the Internet and found it's all over.
Hi, Sigster66,

I take Percocet and just filled a prescription at a Walgreens fir 120 tablets with no problems. No mention of shortages. I live in the Southwest. Maybe where you live there is an issue with supply? Can you do a mail-order with your prescription? If you take it regularly maybe you can work that out with your doctor and insurance company?

I get afraid if I think I won't be able to get my meds. I am so sorry you had to go through that mess! Maybe you could go on Roxicodone, same thing without the acetaminophen.

You would think your doctor knew abut the shortage and could have forewarned you!

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