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types of pain meds

can i ask my pharmacist what brands of oxycod/apap thay have on hand or ask for a branid that works better for me  some mfg like sun do not work as well as outhers
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20803600 tn?1546262537
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Most pharmacies order based on pricing/availability. You can ask them to order a specific generic if you find one doesn't help. Generics can have various fillers and there is a small variance permitted during manufacturing, but there shouldn't be a  significant noticeable difference in potency.

The fillers used can in some people make a difference in absorption.
If you are new to pain management, don't change pharmacies unless you clear it with your doctor first since most PM doctors require patients to use only one pharmacy and to notify them first, if there needs to be a change for any reason.
You can ask your doctor to put instructions on the prescription for the pharmacist to not use a specific brand  when filling the prescription.
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thank you
You're welcome.  Hope it helps.
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Hey there! I would strongly advise you NOT to request any specific generic brand of any opioid med! This will be a red flag for you as far as the nationwide addiction and opioid epidemic is concerned. Consider yourself fortunate enough to even be prescribed an opioid for pain in this climate. I recommend you just take what they give you and do not draw any additional attention to yourself. The generics  are required by law to contain the exact same amount of active ingredient. I tell you this from extensive experience with this issue..   Best, A
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My advice differs a bit from And5300’s. There is a certain brand of my medication that makes me very nauseous...it is yellow, whereas another brand I’ve received is white and does not make me sick. My dr believes it’s the dye, and advised me to ask the pharmacy for the non-colored brand. Upon explaining why, my pharmacist agreed and was happy to order the other brand. Different brands do have different fillers, which can make a difference. If you explain WHY you’re requesting a certain brand, I don’t see why a pharmacist would have an issue with it, especially if you use only one pharmacy and are known by the staff.
20803600 tn?1546262537
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Most pharmacists won't be suspicious if you are a regular customer, and there is a change in suppliers that isn't working as well. Some are sensitive to fillers/inert ingredients, dyes etc. Experienced pharmacists know this.
20803600 tn?1546262537
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Most pharmacists won't be suspicious if you are a regular customer, and there is a change in suppliers that isn't working as well. Some are sensitive to fillers/inert ingredients, dyes etc. Experienced pharmacists know this.
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