Out of meds b/c MD went out on holiday

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BigLucy
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   Posted 1/3/2010 7:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I really did it to myself this time, I'm just ranting about me. My MD went out on vacation for the holidays for the last two weeks of December and my refill was slated to be renewed Monday of last week (get rx every two months and didn't know he was going on vacation). Rather than call whoever is taking his place "in case of emergencies" I decided to just go through my "stash." I have always refilled one or two days before the due date so I had a little extra stash, now all gone as of tomorrow. I just didn't want to ask a MD I didn't know to refill pain meds, I know you know what I mean. With my luck, my MD will call in sick tomorrow or be so busy he won't get back to me until Tuesday (although historically he's been really good at immediate refill request). I'm suppose to work tomorrow, but I may have to go sit at the MD's office for a refill--what was I thinking?

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   Posted 1/3/2010 8:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lucy,

Sorry to hear about your dilemma. It's certainly an uncomfortable situation in more way than one. I would have done the same thing as you regarding holding off on getting your prescription. You're right, your doctor is probably going to be slammed tomorrow between the holiday & his vacation, so I'd try to call them as early as possible -- or even leave a message (if they have an answering machine -- I wouldn't leave a message with the answering service) or send an email off tonight (if that is an option). Hopefully you'll be able to pick up your prescription tomorrow without too much trouble. It's a good thing that you were at least able to get by up until now with what you had.

Skeye

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   Posted 1/3/2010 9:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Been there, done that more than once. Fortunately whenever it has happened, up until now, his nurse was top notch and would pull all records for whoever was handling his emergencies so that doc could see that it was an ongoing script. That was assuming of course she did not have the script filled out and signed before the doc went on vacation and sitting in my file folder.
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Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 1/3/2010 10:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Lucy...I know what you mean, and I have a suggestion to make. If you have a very good relationship with your Dr, Explain to him your problem about getting your meds filled when he is either gone or that it falls on a weekend or a Holiday. It is possible fro him to give you a script that is less than what you are taking. You can present those at the same time, even though they are for the same type of med. I was on 40mg of Oxycontin, and had just gotten them, and after 3 to 5 days had passed, I called my Dr and had him lower the dosage to 30mg. I had that script filled immediately, and was able to do so, as long as the mg was a different amount. I'm a thinking your Dr would be willing to write you a smaller dosage of what you are taking now to get you by in an emergency situation. I always keep an extra stash as you have mentioned just for this reason, but it is for the lesser dosage. It might be possible to get a dosage that is half of what you are now taking, so that when you run out of your current med you can double the lesser dosage to get you close to what you are now taking. There may be some members that may frown on this suggestion, and they may reply to that effect. I just know what works for me, and my Dr is fully aware of my situation. I will have surgery soon, and the plan is to get me off the meds if all turns out OK. I hope it does as I hate taking these meds. Anybody who takes these type of meds for fun, is a WACKO!....in my opinion. These meds are not for recreational purposes and can be deadly if not taken correctly. I can not stress this enough! I have run into your problem myself, and have had to suffer a few days, and know full well that it is no fun to go through. Lets hope you can get something worked out. You know, I just thought of one more thing you might want to try, if you absolutely have to, and have done so myself. If you know you are going to run out and it will be a few days before you can get a refill, you might be able to cut your med in half depending on what you are taking. If you are taking Oxycontin, DO NOT DO THIS! I will still stick to my first suggestion, and share your problem with your Dr. Honesty is always the best policy, and will take you along way with your DR. I wish you luck, and hope you find a sensible solution. We are not Dr's here and you always need to follow your Dr's orders to the T!

Michael

Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 1/3/2010 10:47:02 PM (GMT-7)


PAlady
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   Posted 1/3/2010 10:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Lucy,
You haven't exactly been having an easy time of it, so no wonder it slipped your mind. It's so crazy all the things we have to keep track of. I had to get all my 90 day scripts refilled via the pharmaceutical programs in the middle of December (all by mail) and the one company wouldn't put the effexor in the mail until Dec. 17th. I was so worried it was going to get lost in the mail. No one else understands about the plates we have to juggle.

I agree with Skeye - try to call as early as possible or leave a message - even with their answering service if they have one. I know sometimes when I've tried to call voice mailboxes end up being full! But it's worth a shot.

And if you have to miss some work time to get your meds, well, you haven't got a lot of choice. I don't know how far apart your work is from the doctor's office, but hopefully it's not too long of a drive.

(((((((((BigLucy)))))))))

PaLady

BigLucy
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   Posted 1/5/2010 7:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Update. All went well, had script by 9 a.m. my MD is great. I, on the other hand, am a dork turn

PAlady
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   Posted 1/5/2010 8:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Join the club.

From one dork to another...

Hugs,

PaLady :-)

Scarred_for_life
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   Posted 1/6/2010 2:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Me too!! I'm a dork as well. I don't know how many times I have nessed up and lost track of time with my meds. My advice is to write it immediately on the calander when your refill will be ready to refill.

Huuuugggsss Glad you got your meds.

Scarred
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bsjaguar
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   Posted 1/6/2010 5:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I just wish my doctor would allow me to just refill my meds every two months without going to the office every month. His office makes you have a visit every month to get scripts. I guess this way they get paid more but I also have to drive for 2 hrs and pay a co-pay every month.
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BigLucy
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   Posted 1/6/2010 10:52 PM (GMT -7)   
bsjaguar - I'm very lucky--right now. This is my third PM MD and he is great. I also really liked my first MD, but she moved--that was hard b/c I was convinced I'd never like anyone else or have someone treat me as good as she did. Second PM MD was very indifferent, but competent; she was one of those MD's that I suspected became a doctor for the money, not very interested or interesting. Now, I'm in good care and have begged him never to move or retire. He gives me two months of meds and I only see him if I need something, but I choose to go in every so often for labs, physicals b/c of all the fatigue I experience, just want to make sure everything is all right. BUT, I come with quite a documented history, years. I am very aware that I'm lucky.

straydog
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   Posted 1/8/2010 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   
For those of us using these computers use your calendars on them. When I have a dr appt I post it on my calendar and it sends me a reminder the day before. If you have to see several drs as I do and add this PT on top of things there is no way I could keep track of this stuff w/o my computer calendar. I also carry a small calendar with me so that when I am at the dr and they give me my return visit I can make sure I don't already have another dr appt for the same date & time. Keeps me from double booking myself and having to call and re-arrange dr appts. You can set the alert however you would like to receive the reminder, hour before or days before and it will pop up on your calendar. You do have to train yourself to look at your computer calendar and that one is easy once you get the hang of doing it. You can do the same when it is time for refills on your meds. I would truly be lost w/o my computer calendar.
 

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   Posted 1/8/2010 4:42 PM (GMT -7)   
straydog
Excellent suggestion! I post my appointment in several different places, and I carry around a little notebook calendar! As for meds I have a 7 day pill box with a digital clock and alarm on it, I use it for my morning 6 AM meds as I take 8 or 9 pills then. I have another daily 4 compartment one with an digital clock and alarm and it is set for 10 AM 1400hr, and 1800hr, and 2200hr. this clock alarm attaches to each days pill box and is small enough that it fits into a large pocket. when it is time for my pills it beeps for 5 or 10 seconds and then waits 1 minute and starts beeping again, it does this for 3 minutes or untill I press the off button or if I don't press it, it will flash an indicator that I miss my dose. For me this thing is a real Godsend! Sometimes if your away or doing something it really helps to have that reminder! Usually I don't need it, but every once in awhile, it really shows its worth!



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