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Old 12-29-2009, 06:11 PM   #1
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how soon can you refill

hydrocodone! My doctor wrote me a Rx for some but the directions were take one tablet at bedtime! HA what a joke I could barely walk most days and had to take a half one (they were 10mg) every 4-5 hrs...so I was averaging at least 2 pills a day and he only gave me 12. I'm now out and was wondering how soon I could refill my medicine? I'm also wondering how so many others are living with chronic wide spread pain and can't get any help from doctors?

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I'm now out and was wondering how soon I could refill my medicine? I'm also wondering how so many others are living with chronic wide spread pain and can't get any help from doctors?
Did your Doc give you a refill on the bottle? If so, then the pharmacy may make you wait 12 days for a refill (one pill per day). However, they may refill it after about a week as the insurance will probably authorize it.

On the other hand, if you don't have any refills from the original prescription, then you'll have to call the Dr. and tell them that you're still in a lot of pain and would like a refill.

To answer your second question, this site if full of people who are living with CP. Healthboards is a great site and I hope you find your time here beneficial.

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yes he did give me a refill thank you so much for your response! I hope I find answers, support and some relief in sharing.

 
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If the pharmacy won't authorize the refill because they say it's too soon, you could call your Dr and tell them what's happening with your pain....And he can call the pharmacy to authorize the refill.

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what are you having to take it for? usually insurance will refill it a couple of days early but then you have to deal with the pharmicist its up to him whether or not he will refill it even if the insurance will authorize it...my opinion your doctor seems a little afraid to prescribe pain meds i would start looking for a new doctor...are you seeing a pain management doctor or is it your family doctor? there is no way i could only take one hydrocodone a day i'd be in bed all day that would suck i feel so bad for you

 
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Are you treating with a Pain Medicine doctor?
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Re: how soon can you refill

I would definitely call your Doctor and let him know what is going on with your pain and you're finding the one a day isn't sufficient for pain management. At this point, I think communication with your your Doctor would be important. However, as far as the refill goes, I do imagine your insurance would authorize it it a couple days or a few days early.

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The pharmacy where I go now is awesome. If my refill is due on Sunday and I walk in late Sat. afternoon, the ins. lets it go through and so do they.

Another pharmacy that I used to have before I moved..OMG, if you were 40 seconds early the pharmacist would NOT fill it. She was like this medicine police and you could see the JOY in her face when she would say "Well it is a little bit early! " LOL
The other pharmacist that worked with her at the same pharmacy did not behave that way.

Honest to God, I don't know what is wrong with some people. Sorry about my rant.
Over the years of being a chronic pain patient, I have heard and seen more stories.
I am glad you got relief Scarlett

 
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I think it's time to find another doctor who will treat your pain. This is unfair to you and you should not have to live in agony like this. It doesn't hurt to get second, third, fourth, and so on opinoins.

 
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thanks everyone for your responses. I'm in so much today I could not sleep last night and it hurts for me too move and of course I have to work. I'm not sure how to handle all of this and it's making me extremely depressed. I'm so afraid if I call my doctor they will not only not call them to refill it early but they will also take it away since it's been so hard to even get anything that helps. I'm not sure what to do I'm lost and confused.

 
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are you seeing a pain management doctor or your pcp for this? i have been a chronic pain patient for years...so my advice is this...if its your pcp then start looking for a pain management doctor now cause it can take time to get into one..keep seeing your pcp for this until you find a new doctor so you will have that tiny relief atleast its better then nothing...the reason i'm telling you to find a pain management doctor is because thats all they do is treat people for pain so they have no problem prescribing meds a pcp will only do it for short term they really don't know much about treating chronic pain so they are cautious and will under medicate you...also if your seeing a pcp hes not going to prescribe them for long they usually wont..and since hes already so afraid of doing anything more for you i'm guessing hes going to cut you off soon so you need to look for another doctor right away...also do you know what is wrong? have you been diagnosed with anythig yet? if not work on finding out what is wrong...tell him you want to know why you are in so much pain be nice but firm cause a diagnosis will help you with the pain management doctor...some pain doctors will run mri's mine did when we thought my knee was torn...but not all of them will...so try to get this doctor to do it....tell him you want to know why you have to take pain meds what is causing this pain and you have the right to know what is wrong...i hope this helps...i really think this is the way you need to handle it

 
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thanks youngnhurting
I am seeing my PCP for this I wasn't sure if you have to have a referral to a PM doctor is it just dependent on your insurance for this? Also no I don't have a diagnosis and I would love too. What if something is seriously wrong and we aren't finding out and I continue to do more damage you know. Thank you so much for your input.

 
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What are your symptoms?

 
Old 12-31-2009, 12:41 PM   #14
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It depends on your insurance plan and the Doctors in your area. I am in the Raleigh area and there are a couple PM Docs that DON'T require referral(unless it is Medicaid). I am not sure what your area offers. I attend Merlefest every year btw.

 
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Re: how soon can you refill

You can call your insurance company and ask "Do I need a referral to see a specialist under my plan?". Many PPO plans will not require it but you must choose one that is in-network. Many HMO will require that you get a referral from your PCP. But the only way to know is call.

If you have a good relationship with the PCP you can seek a referral from him/her. While I do not need a referral with my insurance plan I really like my PCP and he's made good suggestions of other docs in the past. But, I did find a spine surgeon that I liked that my PCP was not familiar with but he and I discussed it and he did a bit of research himself (in case there would be some reason to deter me from going). I even ended up creating a referral relationship between my PM and spine surgeon Both of their practice managers met and since it was a good fit they now refer to each other...too bad I can't get a broker's fee for that :-)

It just show you have to be your own advocate and help create and manage your own treatment plan.
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