Red-flagged by pharmacy?
- 15 Apr 2010 by froggie638
- pain, addiction, pharmacy
I have finally come to terms with the fact that I am addicted to pain meds. I am currently in treatment for my addiction. It started out as legitimate pain a quickly escaladed into full-blown addiction.
Anyways... I called my dentist yesterday because I believe that I have a cavitiy. (No I promise I wasn't looking for meds) anyhow I gave the receptionist my name and she asked me to please hold. She came back and said "sorry we do not have any appointments today" I said thats okay its not an emergency could I please have an appointment for another day? She then proceeded to tell me that the pharmacy sent a letter out saying that I had received too many narcotic prescriptions" She was nice about it and said that "if I had any questions please contact my pharmacy" It really freaked me out since I did let it get out of control for a little while and now I am finally clean. Should I worry that I am just waiting for the police to arrest me? Or should I just let it be a serious wakeup call? Thanks so much!
20 Apr 2010
Dear Froggie - I can totally relate to your story and have also been in a similar situation... mine did end up with me being arrested. From what I can understand or probably guess from your statement is that you may have been "doctor shopping" and having multiple scripts for narcotics filled at the same pharmacy??? That's not illegal... it simply implies that you have the disease of addiction, like myself. The best thing you could've done, you already did... you should be really proud of yourself! You recognized a problem was developing and you sought for help. I hope and pray you stay on the straight and narrow... God bless. If there is more to the story - please let me know and maybe I can provide some additional information.
20 Apr 2010
Happy to hear you are on the straight and narrow. I was just wondering, will the dentist fix your tooth? If it's a simple cavity, most OTC pain meds will help. You may not need them at all. Did they deny you even making the appointment?
20 Apr 2010
Are you being "red flagged" fpr legitamate presriptions or did you bring one in that you wrote or called in yourself. I have prescriptions eveywhere from several doctors as my p/m is one hour and 1/2 away from where I live so if I can't get in to see my PC I just go to a walk-in. Just go to a different Pharmacy next time. Glad to hear you are clean I guess My situation is different. God Bless Fall Queen
21 Apr 2010
When I first started taking pain pills I was not doctor shopping. However as time went by I started needing more and more pills. It really got worse when I was diagnosed with endometriosis. I had a procedure done one week and then the following week I had to have my wisdom teeth removed. 2 painful procedures within two weeks! I know this sounds crazy but I did not know that I was doctor shopping since I had 2 legitimate procedures done. The problem was once I was healed I felt like I still needed the medication. So I slowly began seeing my doctors a lot more than usual getting small scripts for vicodins here and there. I never got anything stronger than 5mg percocet. I only got that script once a month. I would get 500 mg vicodin from my other doctors. I had been having a lot of trouble in my marriage (honestly not related to the pill use) and I began to self medicate because I was so down.
I finally decided that I had enough and began treatment and counseling to help me get through everything. My toothache feels better! I took otc motrin for the pain! I can't believe I was able to do that! LOL The dentist would not allow me to schedule an appointment to even look at the tooth. I was so upset and embarrassed that I haven't called the pharmacy or my doctors to find out what was going on. I would love to call them and tell them I am sorry and to let them know I am clean and working a program. I am scared of the rejection. Thank you for listening and I would love any advice that you could pass my way! Thanks!
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