I have noticed that we have had quite a few postings from H-W members about the loss of their medications or about running out of medications before their next refill was due. These shortages can have devastating effects on us. I thought I would be a good idea if we shared ideas and techniques we are using to avoid medication shortages.
I do several things. First, I keep only one week (exactly 7 days) of narcotics in a bottle. The remainder is locked up in a safe in my closet. This way, I do not have to worry about losing more than a couple of day of pills in the bottle if it is accidently lost or someone with sticky fingers takes them By dividing the medication in 7-day increments, I also know if I am short tablets for that one week. If I have used more tablets then prescribed, then I have enough lead-time to either call my doctor and notify him of a possible shortage at the end of the month …. Or….I can adjust the number of tablets I use the next week.
It is hard to keep track of meds. Why is it that there are always extra antibiotic pills in the bottle after a 10 day course? That never seems to happen with narcotics.
What are other members doing to safe guard the medications?
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Rare neurodegenerative disease called “Multiple System Atrophy”. a very rare neurodegenrative disease ..i.e. brain rot. Mobility issues,, O2 , intrathecal pump, neurostimulator, neuropathic pain, spasticity, central apnea, oesteoarthritis, colitis...etc..etc.
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Dx-Gallstones at age 14 that caused Fibromyalgia in 1998. Chronic Pancreatitis at age 15 from Pancreatic Divisum. Fell down cement basement stairs on my bottom in 2001. Got severe migraines after the epidural from my 2nd childbirth in 2002. Was rear-ended by a lady doing 55mph in 2004 then 2 months later rolled my car down a hill and did even more damage to my back. Depression caused by having chronic pain. Asthma from allergies.
meds- Suboxone for pain, Cymbalta for pain and depression, Lyrica for pain and migraines, Imitrex for migraines, Ibprofen for migraines, Ventolin Albuterol inhaler for asthma. Phenergan for nausea, Seroquel for sleep.
"I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much." -Mother Teresa
WEll, this may seem like a moot point coming from me...especially under the circumstances.... But, I have always used a lock box...not that thay aren't easily broken into, but not a lot of people know that I have meds anyway. Not anymore... I did have a so called friend steal from me a couple of years ago...and that is when I started using it. I really like the idea of only having 7 days worth on your person at one time. That might have saved me the trouble I am in right now.
I saw that you take Suboxone for pain....how well does that work? Were you taking Methadone before?
I hate Boats!!!!
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome, Spinal Stenosis, DDD....
1999 Hemi Lamenectomy/2005 Spinal Fusion(L4-S1)
Methadone 120 mg. a day/15 mg. Oxycodone as needed(up to 4 x a day)
High Blood Pressure: Lisinopril HCTZ 10 mg. daily
Type 2 Diabetes: (March 16, 2009)
Metformin HCL ER 1000 mg. at night..Glipizide 10mg. 2X in the morning
Lantus 10 units at bedtime with Solostar Pen