I went into my drawer where I keep all my medications and one was missing... my Avinza 120mg. I got this refilled on 2/29 and filled up my weekly pill container. This morning I it was time to fill it again and my Avinza seems to have disappeared. I dumped both drawers out, thinking it might have fallen into the bottom drawer, and even pulled both drawers completely out to see if the pills were in the bottom of the dresser. They were not, and now I'm panicking!! This has never happened to me before, and I am going to call my Pain doc as soon as they open, but I'm worried about what they'll say.
Has anyone ever had an experience like this, and how did you resolve it? Any answers would be greatly appreciated, as I'm freaking out and don't want to go through withdrawal, not to mention the pain!1
Added 9 Mar 2012:
The above email was from Wednesday. I called the doctor and they said they would have to get back to me. Then they asked me to get a police report, which the Sheriff's office would not do because there was no evidence of a crime. So another call back, this time had to leave a voicemail. Called first thing yesterday and was told they were still making a decision. Then I got a call around 3pm and they had a script for MS Contin 60mg tablets to take twice a day, but only enough for 15 days. They said I'll have to ration it. By the time I picked it up (a 45 minute drive one way) and dropped it at the pharmacy, I was really suffering with mega pain and the creepy crawlies. I took two right away and after about an hour I felt human again. I slept really well last night, and made it work both days. I took one this morning and will take the second when I get home. I am extremely greatful my doc was willing to work with me. I realized I accidentally threw out my new bottle after I filled my weekly pill container when I found last month's empty container.
No way will THAT happen again!! Thanks to all for your replies.....this was very scary for me!
Indeed it could be a problem, as your doc might be suspicious of you overdosing, recommend you take it easy & try & search again for the missing pill, could be possible that the pill would be in the drawers.
I wish you the best, please take care.
7 Mar 2012
Hmmmm, well first of all do you have children in the house? Think of all the people that have been in your house n the past week, & I'll bet you find the culprit. Also since you caled the police, get a copy of the report before your doctor gets suspicious. Show him the copy of the report too. If you need it before then, call them, & tell them what has happened, & you need a new script. Your insurance may not go for it, but your doc may have some samples he could give you in the meantime... Mary
7 Mar 2012
Do you think it is possible your daughter may have grabbed them? Or if not her then the only other person to blame is the apt manager. Did you have any workers in to fix anything recently? Sometimes apt handymen come into your place when you are not home to fix something. If you have then it is possible they could be the culprit. It is mightly tempting to either a drug addict or someone who knows the value of these medications on the streets. An almost months supply of Avinza will pay a lot of bills if sold on the street!! If you are absolutely sure that you didnt misplace them, put them somewhere else in the house and are sure your daughter didnt take them then you should make a police report. I know my pain Dr will not replace any meds without a police report being filed. You might need to get a lock box for your meds if you live in an apt where you cant trust management. Be sure the box is secured so that they dont simply walk off with the box.
I have had this happen to me twice and I got to thinking about it and both times pills went missing one certain boy was here so I'm pretty sure he was the one. Once they (the pills) were in my purse so I moved them out of my purse and into my bedroom. the second time, this boy was with my younger son alone in the house and I think he snagged them right off my nightstand so now I keep them out of sight. I would almost wonder in your case because it seems to me that it was someone who knew you kept the meds in your drawer. Just think about who could have known this and when were they in the house and that is likely your culprit.
7 Mar 2012
This happened to me once with my Lortab, someone broke into my house and stole them all!! The stealer left foot prints too what a idiot!!! My Dr. wouldn't refill my meds and I had to go through a crazy amount of pain waiting for my next appointment. You should def. call the police tho. Also check and see if anything else may be missing.
12 Feb 2013
I don't mean to be wrud but I don't beleave u at all I think u have a drug problem... And your dr is most likly going to start giving u pee test I know for all u stuped people that are feeding this person with ways to help them u need to tell them to stop calling ther dr if u keep up u will be taken off your pane contract they don't mess around with it and the first time u get told we need a pee test from u and it comes up with no pane pills in your system your dr will take u off of it u can't leave the drs office u haft to do it right ther and if u leave then they take u off so of u want to keep gating your pills stop with the lies and if u run out I guess u haft to deal with it... I'm just trying to help u if u get kicked of the pane contract u will not be able to get back on one and if u do u will be really LUCKY!:)
8 Nov 2016
I have a similar problem. I've had two major surgeries in 13 months. I've taken Vicodin for about 8 years, but since the first surgery, I've noticed large quantities of pills missing. Recently, I noticed 33 pills missing in five days. I live alone. I have no workers in my home. I wonder if I have somnambulism. I can get my docs to give me new prescriptions without telling the full story. It scares me that my pills are disappearing. I hate to think that I'm taking them without knowing it. I'm in daily pain until I have two more surgeries, so I'll needs meds for another year or so. I honestly don't know where the pills go.
17 Apr 2017
It could be the pharmacist. Start counting your meds before u drive off. It's happened to my husband and I several time. Once it was 20 pills and the pharmacist said," they was short and needed to order more, that they would be there the next day". But she didn't tell me until asked. So I stopped using my local town hospital pharmacy's, and start using a pharmacy's like CVS or Walgreens. Not local hospital pharmacy's! The one I used wasn't in the hospital and we have several clinics and pharmacy's that's affiliated with the local hospital around town. There regulations could be different, and get a way with more. Probably more so in smaller towns.