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Old 06-13-2012, 08:27 AM   #1
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Hydrocodone Question

Hello again. I am so happy I joined these boards, everyone is so helpful and I really appreciate it. I do have a random question I am hoping someone can answer for me. At my last doctors appointment he wanted to switch me from hydrocodone 5/500 to lorcet (I believe thats what he said, the name of the med on the script was hydrocodone bitrate 7.5/325). I have always had to pay out of pocket for prescriptions and the 5/500s cost me $11-$12. I went to get this filled and was told it was $76. I was expecting to pay a little bit more but not an extra $65. Long story short, took the script back to my doctors office and got put back on the 5/500s. I then tried to google the cost of vicodin and I can tell you the street value but did not find any reputable websites that could explain why there was a huge price difference.

my question is why is the 7.5/325 so much more expensive and why does the price drop as the products contain more APAP (silly me was thinking the more ingredients the higher the price)

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Old 06-13-2012, 08:57 AM   #2
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Re: Hydrocodone Question

The simplest answer is popularity and supply and demand. The 7.5/325 are the biggest sellers of the hydrocodone/apap family right now so the pharma companies can charge more for them. Drug companies work just like any other national product when the demand is up supply increases, product cost increases and consumer cost goes up...Econ 101.

If you follow pricing trends over the last 5 years or so, you can pretty much tell which pain meds were prescribed most often, which were newest and most popular, so on and so forth. What company makes the meds and whether there is a generic equivalent and what level of generic also factors in.

But basically it's just simple we use it more, so they can sell it for more and make more money.

Not sure if your aware of the option, because all that acetaminophen your taking every day is really not good for you, since your going up in dose on the hydro anyway, it might be pertinent to switch to Oxycodone which comes in a pure form without the apap. You could probably do with a 5mg to replace the 7.5 of hydro. It is a schedule II, so you'd have to take a hard copy to the pharmacy each month...just something to think about.

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Old 06-13-2012, 09:47 AM   #3
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Re: Hydrocodone Question

Thanks Kat. I know eventually I will have to switch to something stronger than hydrocodone but I like keeping to the absolute minimum dose when possible. I was able to stay on the same dose of vicodin for over a year and would rather stick with hydrocodone products as long as I can, even if it means paying more out of pocket.

Believe it or not I did get an A in microeconomics last year so I should have thought about supply and demand, it just seemed to be that there were so many different dosages, you would think pharmaceutical companies would be competing to get you to buy their products.

Okay I promise no more rambling.

 
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Ah we don't mind ramblers around here, all of us are quite good at it actually.

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Old 06-13-2012, 03:32 PM   #5
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Have you considered the possibility of Norco 10/325? It would give you the ability to take either 1/2 t (5 mg hydrocodone) when you don't need a lot of pain relief or a whole t (10 mg hydrocodone) when you do. I don't know how many you are prescribed at a time but when I was getting Norco 10/325 #90 (Ninety) in a fill I was paying only like $23-$33 cash price. I have no idea what the 'popularity' of the various formulations are (legitimate medical script or street value) but I would think Norco 10/325 is fairly popular at least among pain patients (most everyone I know who has been on hydrocodone has had Norco 10/325). Once I was given a script for Norco 5/325 #30 (Thirty) and that cost more than the 90 10/325 script. I recently moved from Neurontin 300 mg capsules to 600 mg tablets. The capsules were $15 and the tablets are $109. I am requesting the script be re-written for twice the number of 300 mg caps because it is still only $15 as opposed to over $100. Prescription med price differences always surprise me as it would seem there is no rhyme or reason...
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Re: Hydrocodone Question

I agree with the previous posters about the demand deal. For me, the 7.5s always seemed a little more pricey :/ But I am now on the Norco 10/325 and they are always around like $50 for 90-120 of them with no insurance. See if you can get on your pharmacies SAVER PLAN. I know Kroger has one, as well as Walgreens Good luck!!

 
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I agree with the previous posters about the demand deal. For me, the 7.5s always seemed a little more pricey :/ But I am now on the Norco 10/325 and they are always around like $50 for 90-120 of them with no insurance. See if you can get on your pharmacies SAVER PLAN. I know Kroger has one, as well as Walgreens Good luck!!
The Walgreens W card, when last I filled a 90 count script for Norco 10/325 there (about a year and a half ago), resulted in a final price of about $46 for me. A local grocery chain in TX where I also have a pharmacy discount card charged $38 for the same script when I asked, and a local mom/pop pharmacy charged $28 cash flat price. Just thought I would share some prices....
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Old 06-13-2012, 04:42 PM   #8
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The Walgreens W card, when last I filled a 90 count script for Norco 10/325 there (about a year and a half ago), resulted in a final price of about $46 for me. A local grocery chain in TX where I also have a pharmacy discount card charged $38 for the same script when I asked, and a local mom/pop pharmacy charged $28 cash flat price. Just thought I would share some prices....
Ya, Walgreens does tend to be pricier don't they. They get the money from us somehow lol

 
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Re: Hydrocodone Question

Rite Aid, formerly Eckerd Drugs has a Discount plan also, that's who I use, and they price match to anyone.

My pharmacist, who I have a great 13 year relationship with, automatically does whatever he can to get me the best prices he can. If he's filled a script for the same med as mine that day and found it cheaper than what I've priced match, he'll give me the same price, just because he's that kind of guy. Like Recombant, i've never been asked for I.D. to pick up meds and all my pain meds are Sch. II. I walk in they greet me by name and have my stuff on the counter before I ever get there, if I'm picking up other than pain meds.

It really pays to meet your pharmacist and have a good relationship with them. It takes a few extra minutes to foster the relationships...but you get back what you put into it.

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Old 06-14-2012, 08:43 AM   #10
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Thanks again everybody, I actually have a hard time taking 10mg of hydrocodone at once. I tend to get that spacey drugged out feeling when I take more than 7.5mg. My doctor is very good and actually spends time to try to find the best medication combinations for me so I trust him to judge when he feels I need to change medications.

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Old 06-14-2012, 09:51 AM   #11
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Re: Hydrocodone Question

I pay $10 for my norco 10/325, doesn't matter if the count is 40 or 120. Weird how they do that.

 
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How do I find a pain management doctor in Los Angeles. I have chronic neck and back pain as well as migraines every day from my neck.

 
Old 06-15-2012, 02:31 AM   #13
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Re: Hydrocodone Question

The first place to start is your referring GP, 2nd would be your insurance co., 3rd would be just googling PM dr.s in LA, trust me their are dozens of them out there. Once you find one, check it out if your comfortable with the practice and the Dr. there you go.

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