Reta, I know what you mean, oxycontin is way too expensive!! There are many meds. that can be just as effective & even more effective & a LOT cheaper. Everyone is different & what works for one may not work for another. It also depends on what is causing your pain as opioids are not a one size fits all. You need to tell your doc that it is just too expensive & he should have no problem giving you something different. Be Careful of stopping a time release med. like oxycontin that you have been on for awhile as stopping “cold turkey” can be dangerous, so you need to let your doc know asap. I hope all goes well.
In these last few days, I squeezed the remaining amounts of Zanfel from a tube I bought several years ago. It worked to reduce the itching and rash from a local PI infection on my leg. Zanfel did the job for me twice before on local PI infections so I definitely got my money’s worth. However, when I bought it, I, like others here, winched at the price and nearly put it back on the shelf. Later on, when I read through the Zanfel patent online, I was planning to try mixing toothpaste with nonoxynol-9, maybe add a little Tide and sand. But I’m glad to hear that cheaper generic versions of Zanfel are now available. Seems like the various generic versions lack the nonoxynol-9, but it’s pretty easy to add that in, and see if it really makes such a difference. (PS: Thanks vauron for posting your experiment findings.)