Asking for an early prescription

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   Posted 8/2/2008 9:00 PM (GMT -6)   
My meds are due to be refilled about four days into my 14 day vacation.  Has anyone gone through trying to get their meds refilled before they leave on vacation?  I have an appointment at my Pain Doc on the day before I leave and have to produce the pain meds that need refilled and show them that I have the right amount remaining until I need it refilled.  If I have the right amount, which I will,   I was told I would get an "early release" on my prescription.
Anyone ever had this done?
Degenerative Disc Disease, Spinal Stenosis, Herniated Disc, Arthritis of the Spine, some kind of problem with the L5-S1 area, sciatica, diabetes, depression and anxiety.
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   Posted 8/2/2008 9:52 PM (GMT -6)   

I have had meds refilled early due to planned trips without a problem, but I think if you have an issue it will be with the pharmacy not with your doctor. It sounds like your doctor's office is understanding about the situation. The question is - will your pharmacy (and, for that matter, your insurance) be so accommodating? From some of the posts I've read here (case in point - Portyez's recent post) it seems that many pharmacies and insurance companies simply refuse to fill prescriptions for controlled meds prior to the regular refill date. If I were you, I would check with the pharmacy as well and make sure things are okay on that front.

Good luck! I hope you have a great vacation!

tom inpain
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   Posted 8/2/2008 10:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Melanie: Totally agree with Ry but feel compelled to advise You that if Your injury is a Workers comp, auto accident or fall down and there is a potential for litigation I would never mention going on vacation. Insurance companies with all their wisdom believe people who take vacations are pain free and able to work so beware. This is my experience and the experience of three support groups that i am involved with. If Your in pain and making a claim your not allowed to have fun.
My doctor simply dates the script for a date in the future when my present script is up to allow for some time away from home so I can have it filled where ever I am at. tom
Tom Lasko

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   Posted 8/2/2008 11:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I wonder if you use a chain pharmacy that has a branch near where you're vacationing? If so, they may be able to put the script into their computer at your local branch, and fill it at the one while you're vacationing. I had problems getting a script filled for a maintenance med (not a narcotic or controlled substance!) which was going to run out a few days after I came out of the hospital after having lumbar fusion surgery. Would you believe my insurance would not let me fill it a week early so I could have it with me when i went to recupterate at my cousin's? But there was a nearby branch and they filled it. Course it turned out I came home and didn't go to my cousin's afteralll. Ry is right that it can come from a number of different sources. Even if you don't use a chain that is where you'll be on vacation, your current pharmacy may be able to make some arrangements with a nearby pharmacy so you can pick up the refill there - that's if you insurance doesn't let you refill early. I do think there are some protocols re: vacations, but Tom also makes a good point about litigation issues.

Ridiculous what we have to juggle.


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   Posted 8/3/2008 11:38 AM (GMT -6)   
My doc when I tell him that I am going on vacation will refill any scripts that need to be before I leave. I've not had a problem getting them refilled early before and think that it should not be a huge deal. I agree with each poster as to how to get this accomplished and if your using a chain pharmacy then it should not be a problem getting them refilled
HEALTH ISSUES: Herniated discs at S-1-L5, L5-L4, L4-L3. Two level fusion (2000); one level fusion (2002); Revision at L4-L3 (2003). Diagnosed with Failed Back Syndrome, Permanent Nerve damage and Chronic Pain


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