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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 1/5/2011 2:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Wednesday Koffee Klatch
     If you are new to this forum family then you may be wondering what kind of goofy question is that on a health care forum. idea   We all suffer with medical conditions and with most of us there is pain involved...sometimes a lot of pain. Or maybe you are the loved one of one of these persons. This forum is all about how we help and support each other, how we gain back more quality to our lives, and how we can learn and share what we gain along the way and hopefully make not only our lives better but the lives of others who come to join us.

      But we need to also remember that there is the other side of life...the side that isn't concentrated on illness and pain. That's why we started the daily Koffee Klatch. This is a time to laugh, reminisce, chit-chat about the silly things in our lives...all fun things and no pain. In fact the 'P' word is not allowed...  turn    So each day we share our thoughts or experiences on a different topic. Often it includes food, sometimes we talk about our past, and other times we just get goofy! Laughter is our goal. So, please join us whether this is your very first day on Healing Well or you're a seasoned veteran.
Daily Question:
What steps do you take to ensure that there is no lapses in your medication refills & renewals?

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Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 1/5/2011 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   


     My nurse told me to call my meds in at least 4 days in advance. I also keep a few extra on hand just in case the Dr is out of the office for a few days. Also, I now take two different pain meds, and their refill dates are two weeks apart. That helps, as I will at least have something to get me by.

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   Posted 1/5/2011 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I keep my meds in a large daily pill box, so I can see how many days of meds I have (and it saves opening up all those bottles every day). I order at least a week in advance and double check half way through the week to make sure it's being processed--yes, on occasion my order has been misplaced and not processed. With pain meds, I order no less than a week in advance and have asked my MD to give me a back up MD in case he is out sick or on vacation that won't give me any hassles.

Retired Mom
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   Posted 1/5/2011 12:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I have made sure to "save" a few meds from each bottle just in case there is ever a real problem with a refill. I have exact refill dates that cannot (or will not) be changed and so I just "short" myself on a really good day a few days a month. I keep these in reserve in a safe and am careful to never take more than I should. I have had several occasions when the pharmacy was out of a certain strength (especially with the xanax xr) and I have been able to save back a part of a bottle of the old dose. You can't break them, but my pharmacist knows me well and will give me a day or two of smaller doses to be combined into the correct dosage. Mostly, I'm just very very caution about who is in my house and who knows I take what to make sure nobody else gets any of my meds and messes me up. Thank God I haven't had that happen.
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   Posted 1/5/2011 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Fortunately, I can fill mine seven days before it runs out.

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   Posted 1/5/2011 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Fortunately my pain meds are prescribed on an as needed basis and I only take what I NEED to get through the day so I almost always have extras left over every month. Fortunately I have been able to bank almost a months worth of pain meds since I ended up misplacing my last script.

An important note though: When I get my new script I finish taking any pills I have banked before opening the new bottle. That way I don't risk having any left over pain meds go "stale" by sitting around for who knows how long before I might end up needing them.
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