The norco is so expensive when I have to pay because sometimes my insurance doesn't pay for the quantity My pain management Dr. gives me because of the serious of my issues. I had 38 broken bones with many of these out of the skin. nine surgeries, my body is full of metal holding the bones together, both my lungs pumped out for weeks ,all my ribs broken on the left side and three broken on the right.My bodys bones broken from my neck to one toe. Two blood transfusions, a 4 liter then a 3 liter. In hospital for 6 months then again off and on for another 3 months. Just started walking a month ago without help meaning not even a cane. My accident was feb.5th 2008 amongst all this the truck caught on fire and how i'm left with 3rd degree burns throughout my body luckly none closs to my face. The skin graphs were just as painful as the chronic pain i am enduring now. I just need to know if if there is any hydrocodone as strong as norco 10/325 because of the cost. I have a great pain Dr. she has been working with me for 2 years with the patients of my Pastor I would never question her ability so you can understand my quiremire. Thats why I am logged on to this forum. I have never ever told anyone all this. Thanks for listening. Stevie59.
Unless she is writing as dispense as written the pharm should be able to fill with generic as mooksmom stated.
Norco is no stronger than the generic it is just the brand that manufactures the product.Hydrocodone also comes in different formulations with more tylenol like 10/500-10/750(I think that one is still out somone correct me if I am wrong please)but it is not stronger just because it says norco all you are doing is paying more for name brand vs paying for generic kind of like paying for kelloggs brand rice krispies vs store brand crisp rice.Make sure the dr is not writing dispense as written and writing Norco and not allowing a substitution-that may be why they arent substituting a generic product so check that and be honest with the dr tell her you are having money issues with fill costs she has to know with all your history how much this has likely cost you and most likely wont have any issue trying to help you save money.
hope this helps.I wish you a speedy recovery and many prayers.
I totally agree with the advice given above about making sure your doctor is writing yours scripts notating that a generic is ok to use. Make sure she is NOT writing it or marking the box on the script that brand name has to be used.
I don't know of any hydrocodone that is available without the tylenol (acetaminophen) added (which is what norco is - hydro plus acetaminophen). AS stated above, they do come in different strengths, both for the hydrocodone part, as well as the acetaminophen part.
Another thing you may be able to try since you said that the reason you're having to pay for some of the meds out of pocket is because of the number of pills your doc is writing them for for you. Sometimes if your doctor contacts your insurance company and explains why she is prescribing the amount that she is and gives back-up information as to what other medications/therapies/treatments have been tried and what their results have been, SOMETIMES the insurance companies will give you a waiver and permit a higher amount of script. Now keep in mind, I'm not 100% that this is the case with narcotics - their hands may be tied because of the DEA - but I know for a fact that it can be done with other meds - I've had it done before, but it was not on a controlled substance. So I'm definitely not telling you that this CAN be done, only that it might be a possibility - ask your doctor about it and perhaps even give your insurance company a call yourself and see what they can tell you.
Another option might be to have your doc switch your medication from the hydrocodone to something else - something perhaps a little stronger so that you won't have to have the script written for so many pills - and that way your insurnace company hopefully would cover the entire thing for you.
Welcome to the Pain Management Forum. I am glad that you found us and took the time to post. You can share you chronic pain (cp) with us along with the challenges that it brings. We understand because we also have cp.
Your MVA injuries were extreme and I am sorry to hear that you have had to endure so much pain. I too had a severe MVA, spent the better part of six months in the hospital and am left with tremendous chronic pain. My heart goes out to you.
As said above, hydrocodone is Norco....or Vicodin...there are several brand names. It is one of the cheaper short acting meds on the market. Make sure your physician is prescribing the generic and that your pharmacy is filling it with a generic.
You might want to talk to your pharmacist. He/she is the expert in medications and their costs. They will be able to tell you about prices and and other options available.
I hope you will be active on our forum. We are here to support you as you face the challenges of the journey through chronic pain. Please keep in touch and let us know how you are doing. I will look forward to hearing from you again.
Thanks for the info I will talk to my Dr. as you and the others suggested. Sounds as if yall are much more experienced at this than me, and thats what I need individuals who can help me formulate the best questions and how to to ask them. All I hear is dont take so much tylenol because of the liver. Going to Dr. in a week will take you alls advice with me. The idea of taking something stronger is grand, not near the tylenol, less pills and hopefully less pain.
Thanks so much for the input. Stevie59
The ladies are right. Norco is the brand name. I am prescribed Norco 7.5/325 but I get Hydrocodone 7.5/325. The 325 is the amount of tylenol they put in it. In my case, we do it so that I can break them in half and take additional tylenol if I don't need as much narcotic and want to just take an extra tylenol with it. You should definately be able to get the generic though...
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