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Possible pill count?

Tiger88TTiger88 Posts: 1
edited 08/01/2015 - 10:32 PM in Pain Management
Hi all I've been lurking for a lil bit and have a question about an upcoming return appointment, it's my first return visit to my doctor that is prescribing me oxycodone for my chronic pancreatitis, he initially wrote me scripts for 3 months ahead of time. At my first and only appointment he warned me about them doing a UA when I return, but never mentioned pill counts. Their policy doesn't say anything regarding pill counts. I did not sign a contract of any sort. But my sheet of paper for my return visit says patient should bring all medications including over the counter meds. But my appointment says I have a 40 minute consult with their pharmacist, does this imply they want to count my meds? My apologies but I am paranoid due to the fact if they count them I will be a little short.


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  • To guess the reason for the appt with the pharmacist. Even though you may not have signed a contract that specifies pill counts, most pm offices do require that you bring the bottles with you to your follow up appt.
    The important question is why you would come up short? There is no reason that any patient should come up short if the meds are taken exactly as prescribed.

  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,842
    pain management practices.

    Pill counts seem to be more accurate than some of the pain contracts.

    So, when they do a pill count, when they find a patient short of what the prescribe dosage would indicate, that could spell trouble for the patient.
    Some pain management practices will dismiss a patient for even one problem in this area.

    As Sandi indicated, there is no reason why any patient should be short of any pill. I understand that are times there are flares ups, we have all had them, myself including. The 'normal' dosage does not see to be able to control that flareup. IF and when that happens, it is always the patients responsibility to contact their doctor to discuss this. The doctor may have other options or agree to take another dosage before scheduled time. But that all has to be done with the doctor's approval. Saying you tried to get hold of the doctor and they did not return you phone call will not suffice as an answer. All doctors if they are not in , have on call physicians that will answer calls like that.

    This may sound very strict and tough, unfortunately, it has become this one.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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