Hi Fibro-Mom: Before you try the generic form of Duragesic, talk to your Dr about them, there has been some press on the problem of them not releasing the med in a continous amount of time. I tried the brand name for a while, because my insurance would pay for them, and my Dr said the generic form was getting some bad press.
I realize your problem with the price and the generic is unbelievably cheaper, but check around for some articles on this in your area. In CA there were quite a few complaints and problems with the generic. I don't know if there are several co's making the generic, but the info I got was from my Dr, so just check it out before you try them. Some of the patients on the generic said they noticed that they worked better at certain times and at others not at all, and sometimes it got real strong. If there is a problem with the release mechanism, I would check it out first. Hopefully it was only a temp prob that the manufacturer fixed. I don't know who the manufacturer was, sorry.