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   Posted 1/24/2012 4:38 AM (GMT -6)   
I am prescribed three lots of medication for chronic pain in my arm after an injury at work. Due to financial constraints and me trying not to take all this medication, I do not take them when I should, but I still visit the doctor monthly for a new prescription, but I do not always take the prescription to the chemist. Will my doctor know that aim not using the prescriptions ...IE: not collecting the medication as much as Ian prescribed ? I probably only use one prescription in three, so two of them are simply left unused. The doctor always gives me a new prescription and says nothing, but I have been told by a friend that they do get feedback when/if a prescription is used or not

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   Posted 1/24/2012 5:14 AM (GMT -6)   
They can find out if you are taking it thru a urine test if it's an opiate based medication. Your levels will be low and they will think that you are selling the drugs. I would make sure you keep the old scripts to prove to them that you didn't fill them. Also the DEA does keep a record of all scheduled drugs. I don't know how that works
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   Posted 1/24/2012 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for that. I just dont want to lose the facility of having the prescription, so using one in three of four is good at present.

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   Posted 1/24/2012 10:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Gazpacho....I have worked for the health care system for 23yrs. and let me tell you without uncertainly yes they can tell, in Canada it is called PIP they can now tell if you have filled it and if you have recieved scripts from other doctors. I would just hate to see you have any problems getting your meds my suggestion would be to either purchase the meds and save for one time were you may run short or tell the doc you are not needing as much. I hope you work things out for yourself.

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   Posted 1/24/2012 10:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I have worked in the medical field for nearly 2 decades & I can tell u in the u.s. they wouldn't know unless they called the pharmacy. You should probably inform your physician.
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   Posted 1/24/2012 11:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm with Amy on this one.... I'd either fill the script or tell your doctor. I do understand what you are saying about the fear of not having the medication... that's why I wouldn't do anything that would jeopardize that. They can always get a printout from the pharmacy... do a urine screen.... etc etc.

As a side note, welcome to the board. :)


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   Posted 1/24/2012 12:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Actually in the USA it depends on the medication and the state. Some states are now really tracking certain medications and are also requiring pharmacies to send a "confirmation" to doctors when the script for those medications are filled.

I do concur with other members that it would be best to be honest with your doctor and work out a schedule for getting the scripts, such as only having them written when you need to fill them.
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   Posted 1/24/2012 12:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Please, please, please either fill them or tell the Dr about the issues (money or whatever).  Occasionally they will just prescribe a different amount to help you save money and/or they will reduce your prescription to the correct number.  You do not want to risk problems with medications or pain management.
I have had to do this for 20+ years, since I have always had to have an "active" prescription to verify appropriate use for work or for my PM.  It's not worth the problems if you don't need the meds as often as they prescribe.

If you are getting the meds prescribed to keep Dr apts and things for SSD, you don't want to be caught not filling them, because they CAN tell!
Best of luck to you!

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   Posted 1/24/2012 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Since the cost of the scripts is the main problem, I would tell my dr I cannot afford all of this every month and be honest. Drs really do not know how much medication costs in these drug stores and when they find out the cost from the patients they are sometimes shocked. Your dr should understand your situation. Trying to hide it from the dr about not getting the scripts filled is just bad business, there are ways to track some drugs as Jim stated.

Also, welcome aboard the chronic pain forum, very glad you joined us.

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   Posted 1/24/2012 4:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi and welcome, I am nini, and I agree with all the above, honestly is the best policy here.  You do not want to be accused of selling scripts or meds, your reputation as a cp patient is something you want to keep clean and good.  I am sure you doctor will understand.
Take care, and hope you are feeling well,
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