My pharmacy is giving me a hard time on my refills even though my Doctor has told them I do not abuse the drugs
21 May 2013
My pain management clinic and I have an agreement that scripts are written for 28 days. The amount on the scripts will cover 28 days. I am to call the pain clinic 1 week before my medicine runs out, and they will call in a new RX or they will have a paper one for MS Contin ready for me to pick up. If it is more than 5 days or so before my last RX runs out, it will state "fill RX on or after MM/DD/YYYY. That way I know I will have the ability to get it filled a couple of days before mine runs out. Each month is a new, no refill RX, even the antihistamine I need to counteract a dystonic reaction I have from a combination of meds and getting the slightest bit dehydrated. I am in MI and that seems to be the standard practice for pain clinics in my direct area, and it is always in the pain management contract you enter if you are using any of the narcotic or opioid or there derivatives.
So, I get RXs that cover 28 days, and the pharmacy may fill them either on the date specified on the RX or when they get my RX from me if there are no restriction dates, or using what information the clinic tells them when they call in the RX. Please let me know if you have any questions about this... I know it is lengthy and there are so many details about how it works it is insane!
Peace and health to you, TC
12 Aug 2009
I get refills all the time at 28 days. If the pharmacy is giving you a hard time , thats just someone trtying to be an ass. You can get narcotics refills 2 days before you run out. Mine are even much stronger and I dont have any issues. I did once with a new pharmacist and didnt let her get away with having a hair across her ass. I hope you get this worked out. Snakey
19 May 2013
alot depends on how the scrip is written... twice a day? every 4 hours, or as needed... etc. Every state seems to have its own rules... but trust me..in a few years it will be very hard to get a refill. NY for instance is going to no refills. Once its out you need to go back to DR. which is absurd. The pharmacy i use is good at 26 days... You can register on computer and you sign in and it shows you what scrip , how many refills etc..On your refill day i just click on refill and tell them the time and thats it... But pharmacy will not call in a refill when you have none left..I have to call the dr. and they fax over the new refills
20 Aug 2009
I am not to sure where you live. But here if you tell them to cantact the doctor who issued you the prescription they will call and as long as he verifys that it is okay with him I don't see what the problem would be. Either that or ask your doctor if he can up the dosage or call them. That way you have enough and don't have to go through it everytime you need them in advanced. Hope this helped..
15 Aug 2012
Not even the Wizard of Oz can answer that question-Maybe yes, maybe no. I don't think it is writing and I think it is purposefully vague and they leave it up to the pharmacies. I think usually a couple of days is OK with the average pharmacy. You can drink yourself to death in 10 minutes, or in 5 years-no problem with that-Smoke 10 packs a day-no problem-refill Vicodin a couple of days early? Whoa.
25 Apr 2011
In CA I can renew mine almost every 15 days, or twice a month. In my case, I always put the refill a few days early as they have to contact the doctor for approval. The pharmacy never looks at me strange and I've been going for a few years now. I have Kaiser so I dont know if they are more relaxed on their refills compared to CVS or Walgreens.
I would change pharmacys if they give you trouble. If they wanted to scrutinize people and ailments, they should have been a doctor. It is their job to administer medication and not make one feel like a criminal.
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