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Ask the Psychiatric Pharmacist

Image   Written by Gene Makela, Pharm.D.

I forgot to get new prescriptions the last time I went to my doctor and I am out of refills on my old prescriptions. Now it's Saturday and I can't reach my doctor's office to call in new prescriptions for me? What should I do?

It is very important that you stay on your medications to prevent your symptoms from coming back. Even missing a couple days of medication can cause problems. Everyone forgets to plan ahead sometimes, so you should not feel badly about it. The best thing to do is to go to your regular pharmacy and explain the situation to the pharmacist. In most all cases, the pharmacist will be able to give you a small supply of medication until your doctor can call in new prescriptions for you. You can plan ahead in the future by making a list of prescriptions that you need before seeing your doctor. A calendar can be used to remind you when to order refills from your pharmacy.

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NAMI Wishes to thank the College of Psychiatric and Neurological Pharmacists for their participation in writing our medication fact sheets and for writing our "Ask the Psychiatric Pharmacist" questions and answers.