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    Old 11-12-2018, 07:55 PM   #1
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    Negative Urine Test for Hydrocodone

    Hi all,
    this is my first post. I take hydrocodone, 10.325,and when I drive, I stop it for about 3 days and just take a lit of Tylenol. My last drug test was negative for hydrocodone so my doctor says he will not prescribe it anymore and I have chronic pain. Does anyone have have any suggestions how I can get him to start prescribing my medicine again? Another reason I don't take it when I drive is because I got a DWI in 2005.

     
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    Re: Negative Urine Test for Hydrocodone

    Hi! Sorry you are dealing with this. I think it all comes down to how it is prescribed. If the bottle says to take it "as needed", then you would not be expected to have it in your system at every UA. If your bottle says that, then you would have a good case to remind your doctor of that (and bring in the leftover pills to show you have them).

    However, if it is prescribed to take X every X hours or similar, then you would be expected to be taking it as prescribed. In that case, unfortunately that is something you should have discussed with your doctor previously. You could try to schedule an appointment to discuss it, but many doctors have strict rules that they won't even discuss "failed" UAs with the patient, they are just dropped by phone or similar.

    I believe the reasoning for these UAs to test that we are taking our meds is to ensure we aren't diverting them. Plus, if a patient doesn't take their meds as prescribed, it could be argued that they don't need them / can get by without them. Typically they have us sign a pain contract stating these sorts of rules. Unfortunately this will likely be a bad mark on your record and make it difficult to get any doctor to prescribe opioids in the future.

    You could probably still get treatment using other methods though. Maybe there are some options your current doctor didn't consider and might open up if you find a new pain management specialist. However, getting any opioids for chronic pain is getting much more difficult, and many doctors are no longer prescribing even for compliant patients who have been stable on them long term. Best wishes.
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