Bottle For Pain Meds Says 60 Tablets (4-5 Tablets Daily)

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panama Says:


My mother has a prescription that reads TAKE 1 TABLET UP TO 4-5 TIMES DAILY for 60 pills. The pharmacy said this is for a 15 day supply but she has to take 5 tablets a day which is a 12 days supply and not a 14 day supply like the doctor has prescribed her? Then she is told that it is technically a day early? Why is this pharmacy doing this?



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Verwon Says:

Hello, Panama! How are you?

It's not the pharmacy that's doing it, that's the way the doctor wrote it. Being written that she can take up 4 to 5 tablets daily, generally means that the doctor isn't expecting her to need to take 5 tablets each day, there are some days they expect her to need less than that. It's normal for any medication that's written to be taken on an 'as needed' basis.

If the doctor meant for her to definitively take 5 tablets a day, every day, then it would have been written specifically as 'take 5 tablets daily'.

These are the FDA prescribing instructions, so the pharmacy is only doing what they are supposed to do.

What medication is she taking?

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Panama Says:
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Hydrocodone 10 -325 The doctor had original prescription that was 84 tablets take up to 5—6 times daily! Then when picking up that prescription for 84 which shows on the prescription papers on 14 day supply for several months + was told by the pharmacist that they would not fill the prescription unless it was only 60 and also written on the prescription bag too!..which the doctor says is not a 14 day supply as he wrote to last for every 2 weeks and this Pharmacy is controlling what or how much they will fill for a controlled substance the doctor stated. He wants her back on 84 tablets to control severe excruciating pain and she works 6 days a week at that. :( Thank you

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