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Posted: 12/16/2013 1:39:13 PM
I'm asking because my doctor requires us to come in every 3 mos. for basic refills (thyroid meds, basic meds). I don't have any narcotics or anything like that. He will not fill emergency supplies or anything. I just wonder if this is the norm? I don't remember in the past years this being a rule but I was curious. I am not experiencing any issues to need to go in. It seems like a waste of time. But, it is what it is. Curious to see what other people do. TIA

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Posted: 12/16/2013 1:42:10 PM
Every three months.
Doctors also won't do prescriptions over the phone, consultations, etc here either.

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Posted: 12/16/2013 1:42:12 PM
When I went for my last physical, they said they wouldn't give new refills unless you'd had a physical within a year AND another visit within 6 months. But, they do write the scripts for 12 months of refills.

Sadly, I didn't even bat an eye, because I go to the doctor way more than 2x a year.


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Posted: 12/16/2013 1:44:20 PM
Wow! Three months! I have to go yearly and they'll call in for my thyroid meds. And sometimes they'll let that go to a year and a half.


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Posted: 12/16/2013 1:44:44 PM
I see my neurologist every 6 months and she writes my scripts for 6 months.


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Posted: 12/16/2013 1:44:57 PM
Once every 12 months. I go more frequently for my thyroid because it's unstable and we change doses

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Posted: 12/16/2013 1:46:53 PM
My OB is once a year, and my endocrinologist is every 6 months.


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Posted: 12/16/2013 1:49:31 PM
If there isnt anything that needs changing. Once a year. Thyroid is different if you have made chnages, or think you need them.


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Posted: 12/16/2013 1:53:20 PM
I'm not sure. I have a physical once a year, so maybe that's all that is required for my meds.


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Posted: 12/16/2013 1:54:57 PM
Yearly, I'd find a new doctor if I had basic meds and they wanted me to come in every three months. $$$


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Posted: 12/16/2013 1:56:24 PM
Some of my meds require only annual visits while other require visits every 3 months (and they are non-narcotic meds) for bloodwork and dosage tweaking if necessary.


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Posted: 12/16/2013 1:59:22 PM
I only have one prescription, for birth control and my doctor requires one yearly physical to renew a 12 month prescription. Then I get a three month supply by mail through my insurance.


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Posted: 12/16/2013 2:00:09 PM
Once a year for a physical and every 3 months for a blood pressure check.

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Posted: 12/16/2013 2:03:56 PM
Right now it is every 3 months because she just re-adjusted my thyroid meds and added a new med for something else. I was formerly going 6 months between visits for routine meds ( same doctor ) And even for awhile I could go do labs and call in for a refill for my thyroid medication as I had been the same for so many years. But recently my body began to change (hormones I guess ) and she wants to check more often because it changed.

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Posted: 12/16/2013 2:04:29 PM
I take Synthroid. My doctor suggested having me come in every 3 months. I mentioned that my previous doctor had me coming in once a year. We compromised on 6 months.

I need to go in soon. I was due for my blood labs, but was at the cancer center with my husband. They gave me another 60 days.



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Posted: 12/16/2013 2:07:53 PM
I'm a diabetic so i go in every four months my hubby had thyroid surgery so he is every six months for blood work

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Posted: 12/16/2013 2:07:54 PM
Every six months

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Posted: 12/16/2013 2:08:28 PM
My dd takes ADHD meds (controlled substance) and she only needs to go in once every six months. They write three months of prescriptions at a time. After the first three months you call the office and speak to a nurse who asks a few basic questions and gets you the next three months of prescriptions. Washington State changed their law on that a few years ago...we used to have to go in every three months.


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Posted: 12/16/2013 2:10:33 PM
I can let you know in a few hours.

I have had asthma since I was a child, but for several years after my son was born, my symptoms all but disappeared and I stopped taking all of my medications.

Then the symptoms started to return during certain seasons and I'd try to muddle through because I was being stubborn about returning to the medications.

So I finally gave in and went to our local walk-in clinic last fall. They are affiliated with my doctor's main office, but closer. She prescribed my old emergency inhaler, and I that worked for a few months, but then it really started acting up again, and I went to my actual doctor in April and she gave me back 2 more of my old medications.

So, long story short, I just ran out of refills on the inhaler that the clinic prescribed and they won't call in refills unless they see you again.

Typically, my regular doctor's office will do so, at least for my medications, so I called them and left a message, but I don't know if they will refill it simply because they've been treating my asthma for years or if they will make e come back because of the break in treatment and the fact that they weren't the ones who originally re-subscribed that inhaler for me.

I can understand if they want me to come back in, but I hope they won't, because seriously, it's a really basic inhaler for an asthmatic, kwim?

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Posted: 12/16/2013 2:17:33 PM
I've just graduated from monthly to every 3 months. Yet I do monthly blood work. If things need changed I get a call.

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Posted: 12/16/2013 2:19:32 PM
Ok, thanks all! I was feeling like this was getting to be a bit much, but it's not that far off, I guess. I may look for another doc only because his office is hard to get into and constantly changing people every visit. I think I will find a doc that renews every 6 mos or yearly. I have a few things going on but they are all well managed so I hate to go and sit in an office with sick people if I can avoid it.

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Posted: 12/16/2013 2:49:12 PM

Every 3 months, I'd be looking for a new Doc. I have a boatload of chronic medical problems, and go as little as possible. Had to see my GP a couple weeks ago for refills, he walked in and asked what was falling off, cause that's the only way he see's me.

My Rheumy works with me, thank goodness. I get blood work done every 3 months, if anything shows up, I go see her. If not, about every 9 months.

Despite my Alphabet Soup of medical conditions, I need Doc's who understand I will follow any and every instruction, but I won't be a patient they see often.


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Posted: 12/16/2013 2:58:58 PM
None of our doctors require us come in to refill routine meds. I actually asked her about that once because my coworker has to go in to get her allergy meds refilled and she said, "That's a rip-off."

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Posted: 12/16/2013 3:00:28 PM
Once a year and two of my meds are controlled.


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Posted: 12/16/2013 3:07:09 PM
I see my doc every three months. It may not be just your doctor's policy but your medicine's insurance may not accept refill prescriptions. So before you go searching for a new doc make sure the problem isn't one driven by your insurance.

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Posted: 12/16/2013 3:08:30 PM
I see my regular doctor every six months.

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Posted: 12/16/2013 3:14:31 PM
The meds I've taken are once a year visits (just my annual physical.) But my mom is on a couple meds that she needs to go in every 3 months (same doctor's office.)

DH used to be on a narcotic that couldn't be refilled. It needed to be a signed paper copy every 30 days, couldn't be called in, and his doctors were in Boston. That was a pain. I was glad when he stopped taking that.


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Posted: 12/16/2013 3:15:59 PM
Mine is once a year. He can only write the script for 6 months but a phone call and I have another 6 months.

Dr's (and I am not saying all) want every 3months for the office visit they get to charge your insurance.

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Posted: 12/16/2013 3:36:15 PM
I have chronic health conditions including Hypothyroidism and my Doctor only requires that she sees me every 6 months. I get lab work done every 6 weeks. 3 month visits seems like overkill to me. My doctor is perfectly fine with renewing or increasing my dosages over the phone.
I DO have to sometimes call her office staff to get my results as I have an app on my iPhone where the lab will send the results. And If they're out of range, I'll call the Doctor's office to see how she plans to increase/decrease my thyroid medication. I'm an RN and been dealing with hypothyroidism for over 10 years now. My former endocrinologist no longer takes my insurance and I don't like the other Endocrine group in town as they pawn you off to the Physician Assistants in their practice.
I've found that I have to advocate for what I want. Being as I am a healthcare professional and have a 8 year relationship with my current family doctor, she's very willing to listen to me and it's why I her!

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Posted: 12/16/2013 3:39:14 PM
Six months....but I am in monthly for my IV infusions.


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Posted: 12/16/2013 3:43:05 PM
The only med I take is birth control and I see the OB once a year. In the past if I couldn't make it in for an appt before my prescription ran out they would call in 3 more months for me.


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Posted: 12/16/2013 3:44:37 PM
Every two years for my allergy meds. I can see every three months for something like thyroid though. Hormones change so often and are affected by every little thing it seems.

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Posted: 12/16/2013 3:47:41 PM
6 months for the gp for blood pressure, but a year if no issues.

6 months for the endo for thyroid and pros.

I wouldn't want to go in every 3 months.

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Posted: 12/16/2013 3:49:44 PM
Every 3 months.


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Posted: 12/16/2013 3:51:39 PM
I get a physical every two years and if I need a refill in between my doctor calls it in. The meds I take are prn only.

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Posted: 12/16/2013 3:54:16 PM
Every 6 months for both my asthma doctor and my neurologist. Every year or so with my PCP because I don't have any meds prescribed through them.

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Posted: 12/16/2013 4:20:47 PM
It depends on the meds involved. My husband takes an antidepressant prescribed by our family doctor. He has to go in at least once a year.

My generic Lipitor requires some blood monitoring so I have to go in at least every 6 months. She also likes to be sure my BP meds are doing what they're supposed to do (not too high, not too low). I could see her asking me to come in every 3 months because of these two drugs.

I get my antidepressant Rx from a psychiatrist and I do see him every 3 months. He would likely give me a minor emergency amount but not much more than 10 days worth if that.


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Posted: 12/16/2013 4:30:39 PM
I'm lucky that my Dr's office typically runs on time because I have to go in every 3 months. I take Vicodin for chronic pain due to a car accident almost 25 years ago. While my prescription dosage and amount hasn't changed in years, it's either his policy, the hospital he's affiliated with's policy, or my insurance carrier's policy that I have to come in quarterly...I'm not sure which,

I spend about 10 minutes with my doctor going over it (and all my meds), and we just touch base with how I'm feeling overall and I'm out of there. For me its not that much a hassle, but I can see how for others it could be!



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Posted: 12/16/2013 5:01:59 PM
We have Army Tricare. Meds require a yearly visit, but we only get a 3 month supply with 1-2 refills. But we just call the nurse when we need more refills entered. We can get urgent refills, but must show that we have an upcoming appt and we are only given enough pills to get us to that appt.

The kids are generally only seen once a year. I'm seen at least every month, sometimes more often. But we generally don't discuss meds unless something changes.

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Posted: 12/16/2013 5:07:41 PM
Once a year for 12 refills.

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Posted: 12/16/2013 5:10:22 PM
yearly - my first script (blood pressure) is 6 monhts, then I call and they call in another 6 months. At first I had to go in every 6 months so she could see things were under control. Now that I'm established on the med and it's doing it's job I just go annually.

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Posted: 12/16/2013 5:11:33 PM
Every 6 mo. and will refill if I already have an appointment set in the coming weeks.

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Posted: 12/16/2013 5:16:37 PM
I need to see the doctor every 2 months for one of my meds.



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Posted: 12/16/2013 7:03:33 PM
The only meds I need are for eczema and my dermatologist won't refill if I haven't been in in the previous six months. It annoys me enough that I have been thinking about changing practices because of it. The meds are expensive but fairly common and low dose and I don't feel it's necessary to make me keep coming back so frequently.


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Posted: 12/16/2013 7:47:33 PM
yearly exam and every 3 months I have to get my thyroid and a few other things checked. But I have gone a year without a visit and when I called in a refill I had to go in.

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Posted: 12/16/2013 7:58:27 PM
6 months right now.
No idea how long starting January when we get new insurance

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Posted: 12/16/2013 9:05:07 PM

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Posted: 12/16/2013 9:09:53 PM
6 mos on some 3 mos on another. she just told us it will change in January due to new changes.


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Posted: 12/17/2013 5:27:31 AM
Yearly, and then I get enough refills to last the year. I've got it easy compared to some of you!


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Posted: 12/17/2013 7:26:14 AM
3 to 6 months depending on the med or the condition of the patient.

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