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Do I need to worry about the pharm/DEA and my medications?
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    Tinfoilxtouch is offline New Member
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    Default Do I need to worry about the pharm/DEA and my medications?

    Hello all. Long time reader, first time poster on the site. I've found it very, very helpful in the past. However, something occurred to me today that I couldn't find a good thread on.

    Let met start off by saying I'm a very healthy, athletic male in his mid-late 20's, who works out a lot and has no chronic issues besides what I'm stating. I mention my age because I think that *might* come into play on how people would view my daily regimen.

    I started out getting my depression and insomnia meds from my PC doctor. He was great, but suggested I might want to try a Psychiatrist to make sure I was getting the best possible treatment. Well, I moved all of my psych meds to psychiatrist. These include one schedule II and two schedule IV drugs taken daily.

    At the same time, I've had back issues since I was in high school. My PC doctor knows me much better (and seems to be much more empathetic), so I still count on him to handle that. I've followed his advice about physical therapy, back braces, ect. He's never had an issue writing out a script for 30 Norco tabs every 2-3 months if I really need some temporary relief. He also Gives me a muscle relaxer and tramadol to help during the less painful days. Of course, I never mix these things in any way he hasn't clearly instructed (and I've grilled him to outline this) what is safe.

    The problem is that I now have at the same pharmacy, one schedule II drug, one schedule III, two schedule IV, and two non-controlled medications that can be abused.

    I take everything as written, or often to even a lower dosage. I never am in the pharmacy for early refills and I generally get 4 months at a time on anything where that is possible. I know the head pharmacist pretty well, and we have a good first-name relationship. My question is if having all of these drugs from two different doctors will at some point be flagged and become an issue?

    Like I said- I've never "lost" a script and asked for a second one, never filled anything early (usually late) and am clearly NOT a drug seeker/abuser to any party involved who knows me. I just want to know if I should pull back on some of the pain meds (even though I need them) just to make things look more legitimate. I already carry empty bottles of every RX in my glovebox in case I'm ever pulled over.

    Any thoughts are appreciated. Thanks!

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    Hi,

    I'm going to give you my opinion. It really doesn't matter if you have 1 doctor, 2 doctors, or 7 of them. Think about it...as one gets older (like me ) it sometimes becomes necessary to go to specialists. So, it makes sense that you might received scripts for different things from different doctors. If you have more than one medication for pain, though, it can get sticky and might appear that you are "shopping" for doctors to prescribe narcotics. No worry here either if you are sure that both (or all) of your doctors have your current med list in your chart and in particular, you PCP should always know who you are seeing and what they are prescribing. If you're sure he has an accurate list of your specialists and a complete list of your meds even if someone raises an eyebrow, you're covered.

    My opinion.

    Cat

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    Default Just my 2 cents worth...

    That's a lot of habit-forming pain medication for a young man who stated he was 'healthy' and 'athletic' and 'works out a lot.' You may not 'need' to drop pain medication to avoid DEA involvement, but you are playing with fire to continue to routinely take these drugs - AND drive while doing so!!!

    No one is exempt from becoming addicted to these kinds of drugs; no matter how intelligent, no matter how athletic, no matter how cautious. It is an insidious disease that creeps up on us ever so slowly, and we don't even see there is a problem, until that problem has wreaked some havoc in our lives.

    If you are habitually taking 'something' (i.e., something habit-forming) for pain (plus 'something' for depression and insomnia), you may want to take a good hard look at what you're doing. You certainly don't need to answer to anyone here - you need to really get honest with yourself. I sense you are concerned about how much you are taking - else you wouldn't be asking...

    God bless,
    Ruth


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    PeterRabbit2 is offline Senior Member
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tinfoilxtouch View Post
    Hello all. Long time reader, first time poster on the site. I've found it very, very helpful in the past. However, something occurred to me today that I couldn't find a good thread on.

    Let met start off by saying I'm a very healthy, athletic male in his mid-late 20's, who works out a lot and has no chronic issues besides what I'm stating. I mention my age because I think that *might* come into play on how people would view my daily regimen.

    I started out getting my depression and insomnia meds from my PC doctor. He was great, but suggested I might want to try a Psychiatrist to make sure I was getting the best possible treatment. Well, I moved all of my psych meds to psychiatrist. These include one schedule II and two schedule IV drugs taken daily.

    At the same time, I've had back issues since I was in high school. My PC doctor knows me much better (and seems to be much more empathetic), so I still count on him to handle that. I've followed his advice about physical therapy, back braces, ect. He's never had an issue writing out a script for 30 Norco tabs every 2-3 months if I really need some temporary relief. He also Gives me a muscle relaxer and tramadol to help during the less painful days. Of course, I never mix these things in any way he hasn't clearly instructed (and I've grilled him to outline this) what is safe.

    The problem is that I now have at the same pharmacy, one schedule II drug, one schedule III, two schedule IV, and two non-controlled medications that can be abused.

    I take everything as written, or often to even a lower dosage. I never am in the pharmacy for early refills and I generally get 4 months at a time on anything where that is possible. I know the head pharmacist pretty well, and we have a good first-name relationship. My question is if having all of these drugs from two different doctors will at some point be flagged and become an issue?

    Like I said- I've never "lost" a script and asked for a second one, never filled anything early (usually late) and am clearly NOT a drug seeker/abuser to any party involved who knows me. I just want to know if I should pull back on some of the pain meds (even though I need them) just to make things look more legitimate. I already carry empty bottles of every RX in my glovebox in case I'm ever pulled over.

    Any thoughts are appreciated. Thanks!
    Why don't you just straight-up ask your pharmacist? Doctor shoppers use different pharmacies.

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