I was taking oxycodone for back pain and my doctor switched me to hydrocodone. When I took the hydrocodone prescription in to be filled the pharmacy called my doctor and told him that I still had some oxycodone left. The doctor had the pharmacy hold my prescription until the 15th. Before I filled hydrocodone I called my doctor and asked if i could just stick with the oxycodone. I got a written prescription for the oxycodone and filled it on the 11th. On the 7th of the next month the pharmacy called me and told me to pick up the hydrocodone prescription. My question is why did they not catch this at the pharmacy and now that it has been close to a month since I picked up the hydrocodone if I try to refill it will they catch the mistake?
30 Sep 2011
Technically there wasn't a mistake made. Doctors prescribe more multiple types of narcotic pain medicines regularly. For instance, one would be for around the clock pain and another for break-thru pain. If you try to refill it they will give it to you and you are doing nothing wrong. I can imagine that you most likely have other medicines filled at this pharmacy as well so, if you are still having concerns have your other prescriptions ready to pick-up at the same time as your hydrocodone, pick them all up at the same time and if your doctor says anything to you about continuing to pick-up your refills then tell him that the pharmacy automatically filled it and you got them all at the same time. I do not believe that anyone will say anything about it ever so, stop worrying and get your pain meds. Taking these pain meds together will have a greater effectiveness toward alleviating your pain and if you ask your doctor he may allow you to continue that course of treatment.
30 Sep 2011
I'm not sure I agree with all that the above poster states. First of all no one notified the pharmacy that you decided to "stick with the oxycodone" and as far as they were concerned no one rescinded the hydrocodone order so they gave it to you. You should have told them that you and the physician decided to "stick with the oxycodone" and they could have reshelfed the hydrocodone. Is the Dr aware that you are taking both? He could actually drop you as a patient if he finds out you are filling both when you told him you wanted to "stick with the oxycodone". You are being dishonest and could jeopardize your Dr/patient trust. You need to decide whether or not you want either the oxycodone or the hydrocodone, or you need to discuss with the Dr what happened and see if it is ok with him that you are taking both before you decide to get any more refills on the hydrocodone.
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