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kttn251977
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   Posted 1/13/2009 3:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Well guys, I was lucky enough to spend all last night in the ER, to make a long story short my dr prescribed me something with sulfa in it & I had a bad reaction. So I went to my PM dr & surrendered my remaining pills (with the sulfa) & went good old standby oxycodone. I went to a different pharmacy, there is one downstairs & I didn't feel like waiting on CVS. They are really fast. Now my normal appointment is next week so I only was prescribed enough for one weeks worth of oxycodone (30). I got home, opened my bag & there were 3 bottles? huh? One had my antibiotics (check) one had the 30 pills (check) and then....they gave me the 30 pills needed PLUS another WHOLE bottle of 100 oxys...... Oh my gosh. I guess the right thing to do is give them back, but a part of me wants to keep them. I know, I know- its wrong. And I will give them back.... but what a bonus! lol. Thats a lot of free pills. lol. Shows what can happen when they are in a rush, the first missed the allergy, the second gave me WAY too many pills! rolleyes
RX's: Oxycontin 80mg 2x's daily; Oxycodone 30mg 5xs daily; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Restoril 15mg 1x; Soma 3x's daily; Lyrica 100mg 3x's daily (pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25mg (as needed); Amitriptyline 25mg 1x (chronic pain); Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (pain from fibro); Abilify 5mgs at bedtime (depression); Metoclopram (as needed) & Senokot (as needed).
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PAlady
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   Posted 1/13/2009 4:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Kttn,
Well, I'm glad for your sake that the mistake wasn't in the other direction (not enough pills!). I sure can understand the urge to want to store them for the winter, so to speak, like a squirrel stashes nuts, espeically after what happened to me last week, but you're right you're best to tell them. They should detect the error later anyway, via computer inventory.

Hugs to you, Kttn! I am so glad your reaction was caught, but geez, you sure didn't need that!

PaLady

Post Edited (PAlady) : 1/14/2009 12:22:30 AM (GMT-7)


deb in indiana
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   Posted 1/13/2009 6:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I went to get my medicine and they gave it to me but they had my husbands name on the bottles so i took them back and had a fit that it happened so they gave my husbands 4 generics free.

Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 1/13/2009 7:12 PM (GMT -7)   
4 bottles? smhair

Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 1/13/2009 7:39 PM (GMT -7)   
100 Oxy's kttn??? OMG. I'll bet someone is gonna get fired over this. They are
very expensive on the open market. Something like $50.00 a pill. (correct me
if I'm mistaken or edit me if I shouldn't have said that)
Yeah ... Take it back. Call now before they call you. Now.
Let us know.
There's more stuff going on in here right now. We're a regular
medical soap.
Pamela smhair smhair

skeye
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   Posted 1/13/2009 9:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, kttn, that is a huge mistake! When I first started taking significant amounts of pain meds, my doctor told me to be sure that I always check & counted all my meds when I got them. I usually go to the car to do this (unless it is dark out, then I wait until I get home), because I really don't want to do it in the store, since I get enough evil looks as it is, but I always worry that if they make a mistake (I'm referring to giving me less pills that prescribed), are they going to give me problems if I go back into the store to tell them. Would they think that they gave me the correct number & I just took a few pills out so I could get extra? I wouldn't worry about this so much with a non-controlled substance, but so we are so often treated like addicts, I'm afraid that they would give me a real hard time. It's so awful that we have to worry about things like this.

But I really can't believe that they gave you THAT much extra! Granted pharmacists are human, and they make mistakes from time to time, but someone's mind really must have been off on another world! You definitely do need to return them. Hopefully they'll give you some credit for being so honest, as I'm sure there are people out there who would keep them & would not even feel guilty.

And sorry to hear about your allergic reaction! I'm allergic to amino-glycoside class antibiotics (ex: neomysin), and after my last eye surgery my doc put me on eye drops that were a combination of a steroid & tobramysin (which is one of the drugs I'm allergic to). Well, I was pretty out of it after the surgery & so I didn't read the name of the drops until the following day, I just used them as instructed. I never dreamed that he would have given me something I'm allergic to, since it says all over my chart, as well as on the allergy wrist-band that I had to wear during the surgery, that I'm allergic to neomysin (and any doctor should have immediately realized that I'm also allergic to tobramysin, gentamysin, etc). When I saw my doc the following day to have my eye placement adjusted, my eye was pretty well swollen shut & bright red from bleeding into my eye caused by the swelling. It took me several weeks just to recover from the external swelling caused by the allergic reaction alone, and another several months to get rid of the severe iritis and subsequent eye pressure issues that it exhaserbated (I had finally mostly recovered from the several months of iritis that was induced by the trauma, just prior to the surgery)!

I hope you are all recovered from your episode last night & feeling better!

Skeye

Post Edited (skeye) : 1/13/2009 9:32:48 PM (GMT-7)


straydog
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   Posted 1/13/2009 9:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Kttn, I think we have had this similiar post before on someone getting too many pills from the pharmacy, their error of course. The main thing here is not having a stash, but honesty is something that goes along ways. The error will be caught and they will find the patients name that got the meds. If it were me, I would be calling that pharmacy ASAP and letting them know what happened. I would much rather do this than run the risk of them contacting my dr that I was given too many oxy's by mistake and then be getting a call from my drs office. That my friend would make you look really bad in your drs eyes and may cost more than you are bargaining for in the long run. Susie


ryand
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   Posted 1/13/2009 10:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Kttn:

I remember reading another post about someone having this happen before too. But what I remember most was that they got a letter from the pharmacist stating what had happened. I can't recall if they had brought a letter in and asked the pharmacist to sign it or if they'd asked the pharmacist to write one when they called to report the error and say they'd be bringing in the meds, but I thought it was a wise idea. It would be a signed "waiver of liability" for you if there should happen to be any question over the matter in the future. You would hope there would never be any record of this on your account, but if they can make a mistake this serious then you have to wonder about their bookkeeping too!

Just a thought...

Ry

PAlady
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   Posted 1/13/2009 10:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Great point, Ry. There's also the issue of billing the insurance, and having that removed from your record. If you have something in writing signed by the pharmacist that you returned the pills, that would help you should there be any questions in the future.

PaLady

QTKaren
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   Posted 1/14/2009 1:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I got shorted 4 pills one time on a norco prescritption and went back right away and you would have thought I accused them of murder!!! The pharmacist who filled the script was saying I remember filling that and I was sure I counted right!! I was like would I make a fuss over 4 pills if I was just trying to scam extra?????? sheesh like an hour later they gave me the 4 pills but made me feel like some drug addict in front of all the other customers. This was by the way a new guy and we have since then become friends but I told him later how bad he made me feel and he apologized over and over and admitted that because he was new there he specially didnt want to admit his mistake and look bad in front of his new employers.
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PAlady
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   Posted 1/14/2009 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   
QT -
So he made you go through what you did instead? I know you've made peace with him now, which is good for at least your sake and hopefully for his, too, but I hope he has learned a lot from this and treats other patients very differently because of it.

PaLady

ELderLy
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   Posted 1/14/2009 7:00 PM (GMT -7)   
 I got extras once, in fact 100 oxys, i kept them for those days i needed to double up to start the day and get on my feet. The reason i kept them is basically a follow up from another recent post on obnoxious, rude young pharms. I watched him fill the script as i sat their checking my blood pressure in those complimentry units. He was one in fact who chimed in on the quantity i was prescribed to take daily and made a Wow remark, i only take four daily, no big deal to me but was to him. So....i see him filling the plastic bottle and did a Wow my self, like man thats alot of pills. And im the one who got them. If a person was to get in trouble when the pill count is tabulated at the end of the week...month, his name would be on record for distrubution and the mistake his. If they wanted them back, id glady given them back for a clean slate but nothing ever came of it on my part, but low and behold, he is no longer there behind the counter. Matter of fact, they are there to perform the required duties of their job, they supply the needed medications that the DOCTOR recommened and prescribed, they distribute a product. They should be knowledgable of the products, drug interactions etc. But by no means play doctor or make rude or questionable comments that we take very serious. This happened six months ago or so when i was dealt extras, i still have some and glad i do. My pain management doctor was informed of the incident and does not have a problem with it. He suggested doubleing up and when i run out of the extras, he will increase the amount to allow me to do that when those really bad days come around.

Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 1/15/2009 2:12 AM (GMT -7)   
ELderLY,
My oh my, what an interesting story. You have a fine doctor. Yes.

Ryand,
Thank you for that information. It could really help us sometime. Maybe we should
have a thread called "What To Be Aware Of" or something. Maybe someone will come
up with a better name. Your point is buried in the midst of a long thread and some
won't read that far.

Pamela

straydog
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   Posted 1/15/2009 5:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I have debated on posting this but here it is. This forum speaks of being honest as a high priorty because what we go thru as pain patients. What happened here? Only myself and another person said call the pharmacy and tell them what happened. I am disappointed. This same thing happened to one of our posters recently and everyone said "oh call them ASAP & and call your dr & let him know what happened". Then the thread went on about honesty and yada yada. This person promptly did make the calls and it made her look even more credible for her honesty, which this person had always been the perfect pain patient. Kttn said she was giving them back and I hope she did so so there is no backlash from her drs.

Susie


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   Posted 1/15/2009 5:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Susie,
I'm confused. It seems to me a few of us said to take them back - maybe just using different language. Although in my post I said I could understand the urge to want to keep them - and that's true - but I did not say to do that. Maybe it's me, but when I read most of the responses here they are saying to take them back in one way or another.

I'm just confused by your post. What did I miss?

PaLady

kttn251977
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   Posted 1/16/2009 5:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey guys, thanks for all the wonderful input. Seems as if we are all in agreeance to take them back. I will do it tomorrow, I am under down with some kind of awful flu. I can only assume I got it from the ER. Its been projectile its bkoeen so bad. I hope none of you guys get it. Anyhow, back to the topic at hand, seems as if a lot of us have had somform of a mistake. Hopefully none that have proven fatal on a loved one. I have had a few instances myself where I was shorted here & there. I try to always go to the same pharmacist, late, late at night (past Conan O'Brien) because a) there are very few, if any, people there & b) he knows me & will fill early if needed (like going out of town) & c) they are filled in like minutes or less & all correct. And I don't feel so guilty buying turtles at that hour of the night when no one is watching. Hope you all are doing well..... thanks for the input. Now we can break out a cozy pillow, pop in that movie & eat some Blue Bell, we are all allowed a quart because there are no fat or calories. Free intake!!! :)
RX's: Oxycontin 80mg 2x's daily; Oxycodone 30mg 5xs daily; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Restoril 15mg 1x; Soma 3x's daily; Lyrica 100mg 3x's daily (pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25mg (as needed); Amitriptyline 25mg 1x (chronic pain); Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (pain from fibro); Abilify 5mgs at bedtime (depression); Metoclopram (as needed) & Senokot (as needed).
"The most critical choice you'll ever make is the one you make about what you're going to do with this. The past is over. The future hasn't happened yet. The only time is now."
- Dr. Phil


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   Posted 1/16/2009 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Kttn,
take good care of yourself with that flu! I'm not sure i'd eat the turtles right away!!

Hugs,

PaLady

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   Posted 1/16/2009 3:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh Kttn so many virus going amuck. I am in on Blue Bell, Rocky Road, yum. Have you tried the Cherry Amaretta one. Its going to be my next buy.

Don't get dehydrated take care. Susie


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   Posted 1/16/2009 3:16 PM (GMT -7)   
PA could be me and my late nite reading and very tired eyes. Soo the sad thing is Kttn got sick with some kind of crud going around. Hope she is better.

Susie


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   Posted 1/16/2009 3:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Understood, Susie! LOL We're usually on the same page, and I sure know what tired eyes can do. I wasn't even sure what I was rereading myself when I went back over the posts!

I can't believe you both are talking about ice cream!! It was -6 degree overnight here! Without the windchil! Personally, I'll take the turtles, but kttn, I hope you get whatever makes you feel better!

PaLady

kttn251977
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   Posted 1/16/2009 5:44 PM (GMT -7)   
mmmm I love ice cream,especially Blue Bell.... YUM-O! Straydog, I have not tried it yet- not sure if I have even seen it. But whats all in it? I like the plain old Dutch Chocolate (and I really don't care much for chocolate) Wal-Mart has a Turtles brand ice-cream thats phenomnal!
Thanks everyone for the well-wishes!!! I was able to eat some tomato soup today & I have no doubt it is from all the well-wishes! I will be back with ice cream in no time! And PALady, I am in Tampa. Its cool, but nothing like what you guys are going through! I don't miss the snow. Thats for sure.
Thanks again everyone! Hope everyone is staying nice & warm!! ((hugs all))
RX's: Oxycontin 80mg 2x's daily; Oxycodone 30mg 5xs daily; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Restoril 15mg 1x; Soma 3x's daily; Lyrica 100mg 3x's daily (pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25mg (as needed); Amitriptyline 25mg 1x (chronic pain); Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (pain from fibro); Abilify 5mgs at bedtime (depression); Metoclopram (as needed) & Senokot (as needed).
"The most critical choice you'll ever make is the one you make about what you're going to do with this. The past is over. The future hasn't happened yet. The only time is now."
- Dr. Phil


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   Posted 1/16/2009 7:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Well I am not sure what all is in the ice cream. I bought a yogurt very similsr to this at Braums last year that was awesome-but Blue Bell is the very best over the icecream kingdom,lol. I am thinking probably, some pecans, cherries & of course the amaretta Going to buy it tomorrow if its not sold out at the store-have it on special $3.99 1/2 gallon, very good price. In the summer I like the banana split, just like eating one, Mooliniun (?) crunch very good, has chocolate in it too. I am very partial to the chocolates. Yummy!!! Wish I had some now, darn it. lol. Susie


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   Posted 1/16/2009 9:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Did somebody say CHOCOLATE and ICE CREAM?! smilewinkgrin devil

Skeye

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   Posted 1/16/2009 10:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Uh-oh! Methinks we need another fun thread! smilewinkgrin

However, I'm still stuck with my M&M's - you all can have the cold stuff! shocked

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kttn251977
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   Posted 1/17/2009 5:32 AM (GMT -7)   
LOL... maybe an ice-cream thread? Would it be allowed?
RX's: Oxycontin 80mg 2x's daily; Oxycodone 30mg 5xs daily; Zanaflex 4mg 3x's daily; Restoril 15mg 1x; Soma 3x's daily; Lyrica 100mg 3x's daily (pain & fibro.); Phenergan 25mg (as needed); Amitriptyline 25mg 1x (chronic pain); Cymbalta 60mg 2x's daily (pain from fibro); Abilify 5mgs at bedtime (depression); Metoclopram (as needed) & Senokot (as needed).
"The most critical choice you'll ever make is the one you make about what you're going to do with this. The past is over. The future hasn't happened yet. The only time is now."
- Dr. Phil

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