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OOppss I made a mistake

dmoonchildddmoonchild Posts: 383
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:25 AM in Pain Management
I made a mistake with my perscriptions. My PM Dr. Gave me my usual oxycontin 2 a day and switched me from vicoden 4 times a day to oxycodone . Well my instructions from the pharmacy say 4 a day so I ran out today. I dont see my Dr till next Tuesday and I called. He said the instructions were to be 3 times a day. I just said Im sorry and Ill see ya next week. I will for sure bring the bottle with me but do you think Im in trouble or will be kicked out? Gosh I hope not.


  • Take your bottle like you said, and tell them that the pharmacy instructed you to take 4. It is easy to a misunderstanding to happen when the pharmacist tells you. Have the number of the pharmacy with you, and get the pharmacist's name and the approximate time you were there. Sounds to me the pharmacist goofed and confused you.
    Long ago, a pharmacist told me to give my son 10cc of medicine, and it was supposed to have been 1cc. He was a baby then, and we caught the mistake and confronted her. She apologized profusely and said my son would be okay.
    Moral of the story is that mistakes happen, and if you aren't sure or forget something, always confirm. This wasn't your fault, because a lot of people don't know how to read a script, and you were given wrong directions.
  • be OK. If the instructions on the bottle say 4x a day and you bring it with you, I think it will be OK. Good luck to you and let us know how it goes.
  • I would ask the pharmacist to call the Doctor and explain what happened. Then have them give you the same med at 3x day. You're going to be without meds until Tuesday...Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • have the pharmacist call the DR so you are not our of your BT meds. And also it is the pharmacy TECHS that do the labels for meds. When I worked in a pharmacy I was the one doing the labels. But it is Definately the Pharmacists responsibility to DOUBLE CHECK that label before they put their initials on the bottom right hand corner! I know that pharmacys can get very busy and things are overlooked. So it is a simple mistake on the Techs part for entering the info wrong and the pharmacists fault for not catching it.
    But anyway I would do as Charry suggested and have the pharmacist call your dr so you wont be out of your meds. I see no reason why you would be kicked out IF your bottle says 4x's a day! I am sure the doc has heard the story before from drug seekers and they never present the bottle. So you having the bottle in hand is a huge plus. If you cant get through on the phone I would do a walk in visit and bring the bottle in.
    hope this gets resolved soon. Take care. MJ
  • Im just going to let it go. They didnt help much anyway. I still have my oxycontin althought they are not helping either. This has been a very painful month. I will bring the bottle with me just so he doesnt think Im a drug seeker.
  • I am dying, Ive been in bed for 2 days straight now, I cannot walk and it huts to breath. Im at the lowest possible place I can be. I loosing hope. I called the pharmasict and he got the script wich clearly states take the oxycodone 4 times a day. I asked him to make a copy of it for me to bring to the Dr on Tuesday. In the meantime, Ive missed 2 days of work ( without any sick or vacation time. Im pretty sure Ill be fired. I dont even care at this point. My husband wants to take me to the ER tonight. I dont want to go because I have no sitters for the kids and I dont want them to see me like this. Im crying constantly. can I apply for unemployment if im fired? Im so scared. Ive never felt this low before.
  • Perhaps you shoul dgo to the ER but take all your meds with you so they can see what you have and haven't had.

    I hope you feel better soon.
    Hang in there. x
  • Have you seen a pain management Dr? I don't know if you can get unemployment if you're fired as I don't live in th U.S. Take care and use some ice/heat. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Ive been seeing a PM doc since July, Apparently there was just a misunderstanding on someone's part. Im just giving up for today. Im just going to cry in bed. Ive really reached my limit.
  • I think you should go to the ER. Take your meds with you and get some relief. It's not your fault that the script was messed up. It happens and you shouldn't suffer or get yelled at or thrown out. If the dr has a fit then you're probably better off finding another dcotor.

    Hope you get relief soon. You really should get in touch with a doctor immeditely or go to the ER. >:D< >:D< >:D< >:D< >:D<
  • I caved in and went to the ER today. I couldn't take it anymore. My husband had to hold me all night long ribbing my forehead and putting ice on my back. The ER dr was very sympathetic. I showed him the bottle and explained want happened. He gave me a shot a dilaudid and sent me home with 12 oxycodone to last till Tuesday when I see my PM Dr. I am so very grateful for that but Im a bit nervous about what my PM Dr will say about me going over his head. Im actually getting a little pissed that these Dr's know they have our lives in their hands. Im sure my PM dr was golfing all weekend while I sobbed in agony.
  • Hi,as long as you didnt sign a pain contract with that pm doctor you should be ok...
  • I did sign a pain contract with my PM dr. The Dr at the ER was well aware of tis and said your Dr should not have a problem with him giving me 3 days worth to help me till my appointment with my reg pain Dr. I was in so much pain I fainted walking into to ER.
  • If your PM cannot understand that a mistake was made that you had no control over then TS on him. You do not have to live in agony. If my doctors ever refuse to work with me then I'll find new ones. That's the great part of things. You do not have to stick with a doctor; you can change.

    Can your husband go wtih you when you see the PM? I know that I have been treated differently with hubby around than if I'm alone. >:D< >:D< >:D< >:D< >:D<
  • I have been writing everything down and will explain it o my PM If he is angry well so be it, I will find a new Dr. This is my LIFE for goodness sakes. Thanks for giving me so much courage to believe in myself. I think throughout this whole ordeal Im really "growing a set"
  • I'm so sorry you had to go thru this, and I'm glad the ER doctor had a heart. I don't think you'll have any trouble at pain mgt; you let the ER doc know you're a pain mgt. patient. From my experience, they will call and consult with PM and follow their recommendations in treating you. When you go to PM, bring both bottles with you. Take care of yourself, and I hope things settle down. >:D<
  • I LOVE MY PM DOC! I really do. He was wonderful. I told him about the mix up and he said I should have told the secretary to get him on the phone with me because he didnt want me out of meds. He was really upset that I was in so much pain. He said to call him anytime the meds are not working. He upped my BT meds to 10mg percocet. Very hard to find, I had to go to 5 pharmacies to get it. So far so good. And I get my injection tomorrow so I just may be on Dancing with the stars! WOO HOO. Thanks for listening to me rant. You guys are the best and give the best advice. Honesty is the best policy and he did not think I was a drug seeker at all. Thanks guys! I love you all!
  • glad you got it straightned out.
    yes when you sign a contract, its usually stated in most papers your allowed to get meds from the E.R. or a hospital setting those are usually the 2 exceptions!! ;) ;)

    May I ask??? Has surgery ever been a option for you? I know that is a last resort for everyone. I just hate seeing people suffer on meds with no other cures.
    I also know totally hard with little ones.

    I guess I am one to jump on surgery when I am in pain and it can be fixed or 60 percent fixed. Ok I give except for my thoracic NO ONE is cutting me open there [( [( #o image:)" alt=">:)" height="20" /> O:)

    You can PM me or if you feel comfortable writing here you can. ;)

    You probably wrote it somewhere else in times before, but its to hard to find, for my mind anyway =)) =)) =))

    Hang in there hun we are all there for ya!!!! >:D< >:D< O:)
  • Glad it all worked out for you. Your story is a very common one in PM. Fortunately for you, you have a good sympathetic Doc. I always check my scripts before I leave the Doc's office to ensure there aren't any mistakes.


  • think that you can be fired for being sick. That happened to me once and I got my job back after going to state labor board! Do you have any short or long term disability? If so you may want to try and use it until you can get pain under control. Are you FMLA eligible? Have you used your 3 months? They can't fire you for this but if they want you gone they will come up with something else. I am so sorry that you are going through all of this.
  • Terri, I have gone to 2 orthopedics and 1 neurosurgeon who all said surgery was not an option. I do have 1 more appointment at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Phila. I'm not giving up on surgery yet. I also have no Short term or long term disability and I have used up all FMLA and most of my personal time at work. I have about 1 month 1/2 left of personal time.
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