Pharmacy refusing to fill pain pills - PLEASE HELP!

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Johnny_Five
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   Posted 2/7/2018 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm on 30 mg oxycodone 3x per day, and MS Contin 15 mg 2x per day (among many, many other meds - which are not opiates). It has been a nightmare the last week calling Walgreens and my Dr back and forth due to a lack of communication. Walgreens wanted some info (like a treatment plan) from my Dr, and so finally they spoke with each other. The end goal with my Dr. is to try a bunch of opiates, then move onto the Fentanyl patch (which my insurance denied because they wanted a "Pain Ladder" approach [start with less powerful pain meds and move upwards from there]). So, my Dr called Walgreens and I guess she told her the end goal was to get me off of opiates (don't know why she would say this since it's not the truth) Maybe she just said it so they would fill it and not take it seriously. So, I spoke to Walgreens and they told me they can now fill these opiates, but this would be the last month she would fill my pain pills. What the hell!!! I am in severe, severe amounts of pain even on the medication I am on. All I can manage to do most days is writhe around in bed or sleep, constantly thinking about jumping off a bridge. I'm only 30 years old.

Anyways, what the hell can I do about this? Can I just bring my script to another pharmacy (like Publix next time)? I honestly don't know what I will do if I can't get my pain pills - it's the only way I can even bear to be alive. PLEASE, any help would be welcome.

P.S. These are the meds I'm already on, and they only minimally help - so don't say "just try these!".
Daily Pain Meds:

Amitriptyline - 100 mg once at night
Tegretol XL - 200 mg once at night
Lyrica - 200, 3x per day
Gabapentin - 800, 3x per day
Klonopin .5 mg – as needed
Oxycodone - 30 mg, 3x per day
MS Contin - 15 mg, 2x per day
Medical Marijuana – as needed

Post Edited (Johnny_Five) : 2/7/2018 9:07:18 AM (GMT-7)


straydog
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   Posted 2/7/2018 10:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Walgreens has been a problem for many people when it comes to filling their pain meds. And, yes they do have the right to refuse filling your scripts. I suggest that you talk to your PM dr about what the pharmacist told you about no more refills. Depending on where you live finding a pharmacy that will fill the scripts has been a problem for some people. Some of your meds such as Lyrica, Gabapentin & Amitriptiline can over lap each other, all 3 are used to treat nerve pain.

Take care.
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Post Edited (straydog) : 2/7/2018 11:21:15 AM (GMT-7)


Johnny_Five
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   Posted 2/7/2018 2:47 PM (GMT -6)   
straydog, since Walgreens did not outright refuse to fill my meds, going to another pharmacy next time would not be considered "pharmacy shopping". I dont think any flags would be up, since they didn't technically say "they would not fill it". They only said "this may be the last month we will fill it". So, maybe I will go to Publix next time. Do you think that would be safe to do?

straydog
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   Posted 2/7/2018 3:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Johnny, you need to discuss this with your PM dr. prior to your next refills of meds. I feel certain you have signed a Contract with him/her. In those Contracts it states you have to notify the dr so he/she is aware of the change & they are ok with it. I know nothing about Publix, never heard of them before. I know if a person changes pharmacies 3 times in a year they can get flagged. This is because of the prescription monitoring program in place. This is how is how they track drs & patients filling pain medications.

Take care.
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Johnny_Five
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   Posted 2/7/2018 4:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh, crap. You are right! I forgot that when I signed the contract, I wrote down the pharmacy I used. Is it possible to use 2 different pharmacys? (one for the opiates and one for the other meds?). I simply cannot imagine being yanked off of my opiates. I feel it would be a death sentence. And Publix is a chain of grocery stores in Florida. I sometimes forget that they don't have them up North smile

straydog
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   Posted 2/7/2018 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Again, speak with your PM dr. & see what he/she suggests. From what has been posted here in the past many people have had a lot of issues getting their pain medications filled at various pharmacies, I hope you do not run into a problem.
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Johnny_Five
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   Posted 2/8/2018 2:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok, I will speak with my Dr. I was recently given some advice from someone on another forum about a genetic test I can take which shows me which medications would be best best suited for my particular body. Have any of you taken this test?

straydog
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   Posted 2/8/2018 7:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Johnny, yes I have heard of this testing but just make sure its something your insurance will pay for. I don't recall anyone doing it for pain medications, it was for other medications. This is something to discuss with your dr.. Keep in mind if you do the test that is no guarantee your insurance will pay for the medication. Insurance will only cover what is on their list of medications.
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Johnny_Five
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   Posted 2/8/2018 11:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok, I will check with my insurance. Even if they don't pay, I feel like this would be worth it if it actually does work. I heard it has to be done with every drug to see if the drug works well with my body. Is this true? Or does it just need to be done once and they can check what meds would be best.

straydog
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   Posted 2/8/2018 11:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok, lets back up here. First of all talk to your PM dr about this test. He will be able to inform you on how accurate this test is in determining different type of pain medications. My experience with the test was not for pain meds & I cannot honestly tell you it works on folks for pain meds. The few people that mentioned it in this forum posted one time only that they were considering having the test, they never came back & said they had the test.

Please keep in mind you simply cannot believe everything you read in public forums, this is why I am directing you to discuss this with your dr. He will be much more knowledgeable than anything you read on the internet. I don't know what medications you have been on previously or what type of condition you are treating for. Also, if I remember correctly people paid out of pocket for the test & it wasn't cheap back then. And no, it does not need to be done with every drug you take, there ago a lot of misinformation.

Also, every year insurance company's change up their list of medications they will cover for the next year. We cannot assume because they paid for a drug in 2018 that they will cover the same drug in 2019. This is why people have to check every year.

Take care.
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Johnny_Five
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   Posted 2/10/2018 1:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok. I'll just speak with my doctor. However, sometimes my doctor tends to do things that makes little sense. For example, my heavy metals came back almost completely fine (a bit in the yellow range for gadolinium, but not even close to dangerous levels). She wanted me to go on a metal detox for it, though my levels were completely normal. I tend not to trust most of my doctors, since I have been incorrectly diagnosed 5 times now by different drs and placed on very, very dangerous medications (hydrocortisone for an incorrectly diagnosed adrenal gland issue, and cancer medication for incorrectly diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis). I will speak to her none-the-less.

straydog
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   Posted 2/10/2018 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   
What type of dr is treating you & what is your diagnosis?
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Mercy&Grace
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   Posted 2/10/2018 7:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Most doctors are going by the CDC Recommended Guidelines. That is Morphine 90 mg/Morphine Equivalent 90 mg Daily Dosage. Some pharmacists are refusing to fill prescriptions if they exceed that dosage.

Doctors and pharmacists are also starting to watch when other drugs like many of the ones you are taking are prescribed along with opiates. Some drugs make the affects of opiates stronger. Which means they can have more of a negative affect on your breathing, heart, etc. Many of the overdoses have been a combination of these medications along with high doses of opiates.

You need to be prepared to reduce your pain medications. and possibly some of your other medications in the near future.

spotty5
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   Posted 2/24/2018 1:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Walgreens got in trouble for filling too many bogus prescriptions and as a result they can only fill so many prescriptions for controlled substances a month because they are now given a limited amount. They are given a certain amount of pain pills and they prefer to sell them to regular customers. There are actually videos of this on youtube of them refusing to fill a norco prescription for a woman and instead saving it for a regular customer. It was so wrong. It's their fault. I suggest calling around. Unfortunately, due to all the abusers, people that need to take these medications have to jump through hoops to get them. Stay away from Walgreen's. Try anywhere but there. The best of luck to you. smile

OuterLimits
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   Posted 3/21/2018 9:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I went through the same kind of BS with Walgreens, CVS way back and Winn Dixie pharmacies. I had a script in hand and they flat refused to even look at it. Somehow Publix pharmacy seems to be much more liberal with filling pain medication. If you have the ability I would suggest trying to make Publix pharmacy your pharmacy and fire Walgreens.
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ChronicPain1970
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   Posted 3/25/2018 12:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I’m in pain management and of course, had to sign a pain management contact. My doctor allowed me to list two (2) pharmacies; I guess one as a primary and the other as a back up. Before I had to start pain management, I had a fairly longstanding with my local CVS. To date, I’ve had no problems getting my various medications filled at that CVS including Butrans, Lorzone, Clonazepam, Ritalin, Clonidine, Effexor and a few others for my hypertension and tachycardia. Unfortunately, I’ve read multiple news articles and watched local TV news showing that a lot of pharmacies are simply refusing to fill legitimate prescriptions.
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