My dad's pain management doctor is out of town at a conference. She doesn't know when she will return, said either Monday or Tuesday. He runs out of meds Saturday. She told him to make his meds last. We are really trying to figure out what he is suppose to do when there are no doctor on call.
What to do when your doctor is away?
Question posted by Factfinder411 on 9 May 2013
Last updated on 26 August 2013
Dad went to the hospital and got a 5 day supply. They called the pharmacist and doctor, so everything went smooth
You will have to go to ER and get a refill. You will be viwed as a drug seeker at ER because in ER they believe that you only run out of meds because you are abusing them. They will fill it if this will be your first time and if your story and dosage sounds possible. They can also check when and where you filled your last script. Second chance is to devide the currently remaining medications into equal doaes and lower your dose for each day untill your doctor returns. You will likely experience withdrawals but if you still take some of the drug daily, it will be much less intense.
I'm so sorry that your dad has such an irresponsible witch for a doctor!
Maybe it's time dad found a new pain management doc? I would be super pissed off, too! I'd fire her, unless of course she is the ONLY PM doc around, then he is stuck, or so it sounds.
I'd do what Karen said, call the pharmacist. Ya never know what they will do for their customers!
I truly hope that your father doesn't go into withdrawals over this, if he does, report this doctor to the American Medical Association! She should have written him a post-dated prescription, that horrible woman! GRRRRR for your dad!
All good thoughts, but try this right away.
Call the pharmacy to renew. They will say must be refilled with new script. if you know them they will give you exactly the number of pills until Tuesday or they will explain what can be done.
The ER is going to do nothing as this appears to be a drug seeking action.
I am confused that the pain management doc does not have someone on call to handle cases when not in. All physicians with active case loads provide this. Perhaps that fill in doc will give the script until Tuesday. Call the clinic.
Then when the doc gets back ask why the heck they left this hanging. We sure would like to hear the excuse. Sounds like a doozy. Karen
Hi Factfinder. I'm so sorry for your dilemma. Are you sure there's no doc on call? I can't imagine a doc not having another doc on call. The only other alternative is ER. I realize how special a care taker must be. It's draining. You need five stars for that. ***** Try to stay calm. Everything will work out. Your dad will get his meds. If you need to go to ER, then so be it. I'd call your doc again, and see if he has a back up doc. You're doing the right thing by asking this question. You must love your dad a lot. I know he loves you,too.
May peace be with you.
I think your only option is the ER. What is with all of these doctors who don't give a flying hoot if their patients are in pain and have run out of their meds? Even worse, she didn't establish a doctor on call??? It would take her 2 minutes to call in enough meds to carry him through until she decides to grace her patients with her presence! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr! Sorry, but this kind of situation really chaps my arse!! My Irish/Cherokee blood is boiling! I'm sorry you and your dad have to go through this. It is totally unnecessary and could have been avoided had she notified her patients that she would be out of town. I hope it works out for your dad.
Your Dr. is very irresponsible as she should have left another Dr. on call,
I suggest you ask your Pharmacist what the effect of cutting the pills in half is possible, as long it is scored and not extended release I do not see a problem, run it by your pharmacist.
All the best,
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