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    Old 12-10-2007, 04:18 PM   #1
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    Question about refills?

    This may sound like a silly question but what is considered an early refill? I hear so many people on here talk about it and i guess i am confused? For me personally my PM sees me every 29 days and gives me a prescription for 30 days. I get them filled on the day of my appt. because he actually dates them for that day. Is that considered an early refill? I have always done it that way and nobody has ever said anything. Is it considered early if you don't wait till day 31 on a 30 day prescription? My PM actually told me that if i have extra at the end of the month i can use them for my bad days but just to make sure not to run out before my next appt. When i got to thinking about it earlier today i am hoping that they can't throw that in my face later. Can someone help clarify this for me. God Bless, morgy porgy
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    Old 12-10-2007, 05:31 PM   #2
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    Re: Question about refills?

    I think all doctors are different in what they might consider "early refills" . My doctor is pretty liberal about it, so is my insurance.
    I don't drive so it's not unusual for me to pick up my refills several days before I run out because my pharmacy is across town and I can't always get there. But there are alot of doctors and/or insurances that won't let people pick up refills until after they have run out, so it really just depends. But literally speaking an "early refill" would be picking up a refills before the date you're scheduled to run out.

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    Old 12-11-2007, 11:34 AM   #3
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    Re: Question about refills?

    i have been able to fill my percocet and morphine and my amphetamine perscriptions 3 days early with no problems.

     
    Old 12-11-2007, 01:04 PM   #4
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    Re: Question about refills?

    So your actually wanting to get them on the 29th day[1 day early] thats not bad at all.Thats when I get mine every month.Its more convenient incase the pharmacy makes you wait a few hrs. etc. you never know,that way you don't have to worry about not having her dose that day.Now 3,4,5 days early would be another story.I asked my pharmacist a while back whats the earliest you can get a refill,he said 7 days by law,but I would never go that early,and its up to your insurance also.And depends on the med. meaning,if anyone went 7 days early on narcotic med. most likely the pharmacist wouldn't fill it ,the doc. wouldn't let you go that early[unless special orders]and most insurance wouldn't allow it.

     
    Old 12-12-2007, 11:53 AM   #5
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    Its soooo tricky isn't it? It all depends on the Dr and pharmacy and drug plan.For me my pain specialist gives me 6 refills per visit so each month I get 30 days worth of all my meds and 30 days later I get the repeat...However I used to always go 2-3 days ahead to fill my meds cuz a) I am on alot so that would make sure they had enough in stock and b) So I wasn't waiting till the very last day cuz u never wanna be short or whatever...BUT the stupid pharmacy I have now will not let me fill them until it is 30 days on the date to refill the next batch-not even the day before am I able to get them (its sooooooo obnoxious) I can see if someone wanted them a week ahead....than no but if its 2 or 3 days early who cares, its called being organized,making sure we have enough meds instead of waiting till the last friggin minute LOL! But your Dr obviously has a system with u,seeing u every 29 days and u don't get repeats unless u go every appt so I guess if u tried to get them filled 2-3 days early they would say no to u and plus if he writes u a prescription every 29 days u wouldn't be able to get them early cuz u have to get a new refill from doc each time (do I make sense here???? LOL) sorry I am rambling!!!!

     
    Old 12-12-2007, 08:57 PM   #6
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    Re: Question about refills?

    There have been times when I would have to wait until 30 days had passed before I could get my meds refilled. Now I have a flexible doc, pharmacy, and insurance, who are the final word on early refills, so I can get mine generally a day or even two before they run out. I never try any earlier than that, and as a result I have the confidence of my doctor and the pharmacy. I think that for some when you first get started it might be easy to get a bit scattered and/or take an extra pill more for sleep than pain, or for any old reason. But once you realize that you have an incurable disease that requires a lifetime of palliative care with narcotics, I think it actually gets easier to manage the month to month prescription[s] so that you are not elevating your tolerance and not asking for early refills, which is one of the brightest of red flags if done frequently. I do think it is a shame that some time released meds are sold as 12 hour meds, when in fact even the manufacturer label will suggest an 8 to 12 hour dosing schedule. Some docs buy into that 12 hour fantasy and become very rigid about things. When that happens I start looking around and interviewing different doctors. Sometimes an anesthesiologist will act as my pain management doctor, sometimes my neurologist. Best wishes...Paulo

     
    Old 12-12-2007, 09:03 PM   #7
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    Re: Question about refills?

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    Its soooo tricky isn't it? It all depends on the Dr and pharmacy and drug plan.For me my pain specialist gives me 6 refills per visit so each month I get 30 days worth of all my meds and 30 days later I get the repeat...However I used to always go 2-3 days ahead to fill my meds cuz a) I am on alot so that would make sure they had enough in stock and b) So I wasn't waiting till the very last day cuz u never wanna be short or whatever...BUT the stupid pharmacy I have now will not let me fill them until it is 30 days on the date to refill the next batch-not even the day before am I able to get them (its sooooooo obnoxious) I can see if someone wanted them a week ahead....than no but if its 2 or 3 days early who cares, its called being organized,making sure we have enough meds instead of waiting till the last friggin minute LOL! But your Dr obviously has a system with u,seeing u every 29 days and u don't get repeats unless u go every appt so I guess if u tried to get them filled 2-3 days early they would say no to u and plus if he writes u a prescription every 29 days u wouldn't be able to get them early cuz u have to get a new refill from doc each time (do I make sense here???? LOL) sorry I am rambling!!!!
    Hi Jasgirl, I am a bit confused. You say that each month your PN doc gives you six refills per visit? If that is correct, why bother to go back in 30 days? Some schedule II drugs like oxycontin cannot even get a refill written, you have to get it re-approved either by phone or by an office visit. You have a very good doctor or on less powerful drugs if you can get 6 refills each month, but I still don't think I get it....Paulo

     
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