We only allow restricted substances to be filled two days early. The only exceptions are for legitimate purposes and in exceptional circumstances. These situations will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Some pharmacies cannot accept prescriptions more than five days after they have been written because of state regulations. Also, some medications can only be filled for a limited time (such as 90 days) without creating shortages of the drug. In order to avoid running out of your medication, call your pharmacist or physician's office two weeks before your supply is expected to run out.
Most antidepressants are safe to take during pregnancy. The most important thing is that you do not go from one doctor to another, or even to a nurse practitioner, while you are taking these medications. This could lead to serious problems for your unborn child. Make sure you tell all your doctors that you are pregnant, especially any psychiatrists who may be treating you. They should not be giving you prescriptions for anything other than what you need for depression or anxiety disorders.
An official prescription for a Schedule II prohibited drug must be filled within 21 days after the prescription's issuance date. Filling a second prescription at a pharmacy outside of this period will not be permitted.
You should discuss any refills with your doctor or other health care provider before you fill them. For example, they may have special instructions for how soon after taking one dose of Adderall to allow time for it to take effect again.
Adderall can be refilled every 30 days. However, Alamo City Drug Store does not accept refills more than once every 60 days without calling us first to make sure it is still OK to do so. In some cases, our staff may ask you some questions about your condition or treatment plan to make sure it is appropriate to issue another refill card.
It is important to remember that refilling your prescription too often may lead to overmedication or misuse of the product. If you are having problems with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) management, talk to your doctor about changing your dosage schedule or switching to an alternative medication class.
Prescriptions for non-controlled medications are not subject to a time limit under federal law. California, Massachusetts, and New York are among the eight states that do not have a time restriction. Most states, however, have regulations that restrict the duration to one year from the day the prescription was issued. Some states also have a limit on how often a medication can be prescribed.
Taking multiple prescriptions at once is called polypharmacy. Too many drugs can cause problems for your body by causing side effects or by making it harder for your body to fight off infection. For most people, a reasonable number of medications is two to five per day. Taking more than this may be harmful because it increases the chance of experiencing adverse reactions. A health care professional should review all your medications with you before you start taking any new ones.
If you are taking several different medications, check with each company that makes them to see if there are any restrictions on taking them together. For example, some antibiotics need to be taken orally while others require injection. If one antibiotic needs to be injected and another needs to be taken orally, then they cannot be given simultaneously. However, if one pill is identical to the injected version in appearance and effectiveness, then it can be taken together.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about any potential drug interactions so you can avoid making things worse by taking two medications at once.
Section 11200 (a) of the Health and Safety Code states that no restricted substance may be dispensed or refilled longer than six months (180 days) after the date stated. A "restricted substance" is defined as any drug listed in Schedule II, III, or IV of the California Controlled Substances Act.
A new prescription may be written each time you need a dose of your medication. Your doctor should write prescriptions for only as many doses as you will need during that period. If you do not take all of the prescribed doses within the recommended time frame, then you risk becoming tolerant to the effects of the drug and needing more of it over time to get the same result.
If you stop taking your medication without first discussing with your doctor how this might affect your treatment plan, you could become dependent on it again. When you re-enter treatment, it can be difficult to stop taking your medications once again.
The length of time you can stay off drugs and still experience their benefits depends on the type of drug you are taking. With some types of medications, such as antidepressants, it may take up to a year to stop feeling its effects completely. With other types of medications, such as painkillers, you can usually quit going through withdrawal symptoms within a few weeks of stopping them.
Controlled drugs, such as Schedules III and IV, can only be renewed early on an approved prescription, or as early as two days for a 30-day supply, according to federal laws. When you can refill Schedule 3 and 4 medicines depends on state and local rules.