Many doctors in CT, including my PCP, have become much more restrictive about prescribing opioids and sleeping medicines. My doctor has outright stopped prescribing sleeping meds and tells patients to get over the counter meds. This started about a year ago. One reason why is the DEA and FBI have started criminally charging doctors who over prescribe opioids. One such doctor who is now in a federal prison was a high school classmate of mine. He went to jail because one of the addicts who doctor-shopped him died of an OD- on oxycodone I believe. Unfortunately for him his paper trail was to prescribe pain meds like candy and ignore pharmacies who warned him the lady he was prescribing to had an addiction issue.
Your post begs the question of why the group you are a patient of stopped prescribing T of O. You need to ask more questions. A doctor they know now in federal prison due to DEA or FBI controlled med abuse charges? Even if DEA is cracking down in your locale, there is always going to be Doctors with reps of giving out opioids like candy. You hate to shop for someone like that, but depending on what the situation is, you may not have another way to get a scrip.
If I may be honest I don’t think it’s a good idea to be throwing opioid meds at frequency issues in the first place. I have always attacked the issue through diet, Imodium and anti-spasmodics. I frankly think a lot of the people on the board taking T of O are throwing the wrong drug at a spasmodic pouch issue that is treatable with other drugs like levsin, bentyl etc. In the past I raised this question as well. Find out what is causing the frequency. If the frequency comes right after meals it’s 100% that it’s a spasmodic Pouch, which is common after surgery.