I have meds from a surgery back in December after 6 months (Percocet) are you legally allowed to still take it or is the prescription invalid?
19 Aug 2013
If it is filled and in the bottle, it is yours to use until it expires (and even then it is still legally yours as long as the bottle has your name on it, even though the medication is expired) Now an unfilled written prescription can expire and not be able to be filled. Many states will no longer fill a controlled substance drug if the prescription was written months ago (some states it is 90 days, some it is six months and some can be filled up to a year after written) This may be what you are thinking of Karen. Many states will not fill a written script for scheduled/controlled drugs if it was written more than 3 months ago. Regular uncontrolled drugs can usually be filled up to a year from the date written on the prescription. If you have meds in a bottle, they are legally yours as long as they are in the original bottle with your name on them.
17 Aug 2013
If the prescription has your name on it, it is legal to take it. It will not expire until it is a year old (Dec 2013). Forgive my memory, but I can't remember if you are seeing a pain management doctor. If you are, and take a med not prescribed by the PM doc, they can dismiss you as a patient. If you do see a PM doc, call tomorrow and ask if it is OK to take the leftover percocet. I hope you feel better soon!
17 Aug 2013
Locally in US where I live, controlled substances are good for three months. Some even shorter period. I believe state laws influence that. So a quick call to the pharmacist will make the difference. If it expired, they will call your doctor and get it reordered.
If you have left over medication from then, it will still be good.
- Percocet Information for Consumers
- Percocet Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Percocet (detailed)
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