I'm a new poster, but I've been following these forums for about 3 months, since I found out I needed a laminectomy and spinal fusion.
I'm 1 week post-op and it's been a tough road to recovery (and yes, I expect it to take months to fully feel better), it's like taking 3 steps forward, and 2 steps back.
My husband had to go back to work this week, and I've had to take care of my four kids alone. Fortunately, the older two are 14 and 8, and easy enough to get out the door in the morning. The younger two are 3 1/2 and 5 months, a little harder to handle, particularly the 5 month old. Even though she's heavier than the "weight limit" this soon after surgery, my doctor understands the predicament I'm in and just told me to pick her up as little as possible. I only really have to pick her up in the morning - the rest of the time, I can slide her into my lap (poor thing).
Here's the problem. When I left the hospital, the doctor gave me a prescription for Percocet (25 pills). After a week, I contacted the office for more pain pills because of my fear of having uncontrollable pain after taking care of the baby all day. I don't take the pills during the day, but once my husband gets home, I take two separate doses - one right when he gets home, and one right before bed.
The doctor's office called in a prescription for vicodin to the CVS across from my house, and I picked it up 2 days ago. Because I still had some percocet left over, and because I was desperately trying *not* to take pills every 6 hours, I didn't touch the package until tonight.
The outside of the bottle, and the stapled label both show a 7 day supply and Qty of 30. I opened the bottle and it looked "light", so I took all the pills out and counted them. The pharmacy only provided me with 15 pills - with no notation of a lesser number.
My question is this - what recourse do I have with the pharmacy? I don't make a habit of counting every pill while I'm standing at the pharmacy counter - who does? If the doctor only requested a dosage of 15 pills, then they shouldn't put it on the label as 30, as it's fraudulent for me to sign for something I didn't get.
I know that I'll be calling my doctor's office first thing in the morning to find out what dosage amount they called in. But how do I deal with the pharmacy? I realize that because I took the pills home, they can claim that I hid the other 15 pills.
Help!! I feel like I paid for a prescription that I didn't get.
By the way, this is a great forum, and wonderful information from all of you out there. I hope you can help me!