I'm prescribed 45 hydrocodone at a time for lower back pain. That lasts me about a month. I just phoned in a renewal a few days ago (as usual, about a month from the last refill) and I'm vaguely concerned that it hasn't been approved yet. When I phoned in to check (CVS) the automatic system told me it had been submitted but was still awaiting approval. Usually it takes about a day, but it's now the second day.
I'm not bothered about the lack of meds -- my pain is intermittent, and I'm not too bothered right now. I'm just worried that the fact the prescription is still awaiting approval means that it is going to be rejected, in which case I'd be worried that my *physician* has become worried. (If that turns out to be the case, I'll go have a chat, but still it's not nice thinking someone may suspect a problem.)
Any pharmacists know how this works? If a script gets refused, do I get told "it's refused", or does it simply stay in its "awaiting approval" state forever?
(FYI - my prescription is 1-2 tablets up to four times daily. I get 45 tablets in a refill. I already asked on this board about six months ago (when I was first prescribed) if 45 tablets in 30 days, always at or under the prescribed dose, sounded OK, and the general agreement was that it is.)
Sigh. I do hate this though. There's so much rampant paranoia about misuse that regular non-misusers get worried sick about nothing. It's enough to make you avoid the meds, just put up with the pain, and take whatever physiological consequences come with that.
Sometimes it takes the doc longer to refill than others.
Glad you are OK
Thanks Pup. It's a big practice so yes I imagine they have a lot of scripts to check and approve. The only reason I was concerned was because it was longer than normal. By any objective standard, a couple of days isn't long.