Always make sure that the pills you get in your prescription bottles from the pharmacy are in fact the correct ones.

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allgood
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Recently, I had a serious mix-up with my Atenolol and Furosemide (Lasix) prescriptions that were filled on the 31st of July. During the first 10 days of August, I was unaware of it, but I was not taking any Atenolol and was taking 50% more Furosemide (Lasix) (120 mg) than was prescribed by my doctor. Somehow the pharmacist put Furosemide (Lasix) in both bottles, and I didn't check the identification numbers on the pills. If you know me, I usually make sure to count and check any pills I get since I get so many prescriptions, but especially when the manufacturer has changed. What makes this worse is that both pills are round, white, and are also very similar in size.

I finally figured out why I was feeling so awful for the prior 10 days when I was preparing to go out of town. I had dumped the necessary amount of all of my prescription medications I needed for the weekend plus one extra days worth (just in case something happened) into one bottle. (Normally I just take 4 prescription bottles, and I fill them from each of the prescriptions bottles I get. I don't look at each pill super close, because I know which prescription bottle I took it out of when I look at the label on the bottle and can identify the shape, color, or size of the pill after having become so familiar with them over time. Those 4 bottles are for a single day split up into different time periods during the day. The first bottle of prescription, vitamin, and OTC pills is for the morning. The second bottle contains the meds I take during lunch. The third bottle is for the evening med that I take a couple of hours before I go to sleep. Then the 4th bottle contains two 1 mg Clonazepam pills that I sometimes take as needed, but I almost always take one in the morning and the other one around dinner time, or 6 pm.) When I went to separate the pills that I needed to take on that Friday night, I noticed that I had 9 of the same exact pill when it should have been 6 of one (Lasix) and 3 of the other (Atenolol). When I discovered that I drove all the way back to my apartment to double check that I didn't make a mistake. After I confirmed what happened I managed to find a couple of Atenolol pills I had stashed away (since I save 1 pill from each of the manufacturers of each prescription medications I have ever been prescribed, and I put them in a bottle that has some Oxygen absorbing material and moisture absorbing material (silica gel) both in separate plastic cylinders, like the ones that come in large commercial size bottles of medications that I get from my regular pharmacist, the pharmacy manager (NOTE: this was not the same pharmacist that incorrectly dispensed my medication ~~~ LOL!).

Everything has been taken care of and fixed regarding the prescription mess, and I started feeling better very shortly after I took one of the 2 Atenolol pills I had, fortunately, stashed away. I also took an extra Potassium pill that Friday night around midnight due to the 50% increase in Furosemide (Lasix) which requires that I take a Potassium supplement to keep it's level in the safe range which are tested via a blood test.

 

Have a great day everyone!

- allgood

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Great reminder, Allgood.

Great reminder, Allgood.  With some meds it may make little difference, for others it can be a sometimes fatal mixture.  Glad you're okay!

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Here's what happened to me

I was waiting for my meds in the back of the pharmacy and there was a couple there also waiting.  Their last name kinda rhymed with mine and ended in the same letters.  The woman asked if such and such was ready yet and the tech said yes, it's here.  They rang her up and not once did they look at what they received but the bottom line is this, they walked out and drove off with my meds.  Three of my medications.  The pharmacy called them back and around an hour later, they returned with my meds unopened and untouched.  Here's the kicker.  They insisted that I pay them for the gas that they used to get back to the pharmacy with my meds.  I was threatened by them with "I have a shotgun and I will blow your bleeping brains out if you don't fork over some money or some of your pills."  Well. I don't stand for that stuff and also, I thought to myself, these people aren't right, let it go.  I had to tell the pharmacy about this threat and that was were I left it.  I couldn't believe that whole day.  I told these two that the next time you leave a pharmacy with your meds, make sure that they'er your meds!  That's the way it was, swear to God!!!

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Geez... Herrball that stinks, and is something I would have immediately got the police involved in. By what you said happened, those psychopaths are guilty of at least a couple of criminal felonies in any state, that were not the pharmacies fault. Those people sound just like addicts. What a pitiful life they live. The sad thing is they probably know how bad they are treating their bodies, but continue to abuse them (You only get one life, you know...).

I think the pharmacy did a couple of things wrong. The first was to give the wrong prescriptions to the other 'people', which were your prescriptions. That should have been easily resolved for you by a good pharmacy manager or the pharmacist on duty after confirming the error. That brings me to the second thing the pharmacy did wrong. Personally, I wouldn't have accepted the prescriptions back from those criminals, and I would have insisted that the pharmacist redo my prescriptions, so that I would have been assured that the pills were not altered in any way or stolen. It is easy (especially with an entire hour before even finding out what happened to the prescriptions) to make it appear that the "meds [were] unopened and untouched" unless they where in the bottles the pharmacy receives them in and the foil seals were in no way damaged, such as with any puncture marks). Not to mention, I believe it is illegal in al states for any pharmacy to even take back medications once the person has paid for them (I was prescribed the wrong medication one time, and after I paid for it is when I realized it (the 2 meds had very similar names), and I had not even left the counter yet I could not get a refund (it was the doctor's fault because he wrote the prescription for the wrong med).), much less re-distribute the same pills to a different patient. I believe according to federal law (someone correct me if I'm wrong) the medications no matter how they look when they are returned must be destroyed. There is at least one thread concerning that very subject somewhere here on Pharmer.

Sorry to hear you had to go through that nonsense, but at least you got your medications.

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norcalwgfan,

I am very fortunate that I didn't end up in the hospital, because I was having some serious and strange side effects, that made no sense at the time. (One thing I forgot to mention in my original post was that) all during that time I thought the side effects were due to me switching from Amitriptyline to Nortriptyline, which I just so happened to switch to on the same day that I picked up and started the new refills of the Lasix and "Atenolol".

I would also like to thank you for your concern. Things like this can happen to anyone, even people like me (who are very careful with what medications I am taking, since I take 17 different prescription medications, which doesn't even include the multiple other OTC medications, I take).

 

Take it easy today everyone.

- allgood

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No seals were broken

Allgood,

No seals on any of my meds were broken and nothing was opened.  Yet, the Pharmacist insisted on opening everything, taking all of the meds out and counting them over again to make sure that everything was there.  Good one on their part.  Secondly, you are correct in assuming that these morons are low life's and that is why I didn't do anything about it.  The pharmacy owner banned them from that particular pharmacy and that is too bad because that's where they got all of their meds from.  They use the same Dr. as I do and the Dr. is no longer seeing them after this incident, I forgot to bring that up before.  Sorry about that.  So you see, they have enough trouble do deal with now and bringing in the police would have just made matters worse for them and actually for me too.  You see, I would have been held up for a while and questioned and who needs that?  I had to get to work.  Which, by the way is in the Court Administrators Office (Criminal Division) so you see, I think it was all worked the correct way and they got what they deserved and I haven't heard a peep from them since the incident.  Water under the bridge, but a learning moment came with the water.  Make sure that you leave the pharmacy with your meds.

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Drug crime

While I wouldn't necessarily classify this as a "victimless" crime, I wish they  would just go ahead and legalize these synthetic opiates. I'm in the position where I can have all the highest $ narcotics I ask for just about and all I do is keep my dosage stremgth as low as possible. Most likely 93% of Americans would do the same after a little binge on maybe 20%'s part. I've been reading an Rx Drug site that besides sending me great info on new Prostate Cancer meds they have a wide open forum. After reading some of that I can sure see how high the hill we legit CPs have to climb . . . Q

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Herrball,

Now that you say they had (key word being: had) the same doctor as you, they sound even more foolish than in the beginning. I can certainly understand not wanting to spend, what would have probably ended up being several hours, dealing with reporting them to the authorities.

The thing with me is when someone threatens to kill me I don't take it lightly. People that are willing to do that once will probably do it again to someone else, and that person may not be so lucky. You never want to take threats on your life lightly. This is one reason I am glad I have a voice recorder on my cell phone that I can record cell phone conversations and (in person) conversations with, since it is your word against theirs if you just say someone said something to you (like a threat on your life). However, in most cases with a taped recording of what was said to you you have irrefutable proof of what was said.

It certainly seems like they got some hard lessons loosing their doctor (who most likely put a note in their medical file of what they did), and they lost the pharmacy they go to (which probably means they, too, put a note in their pharmacy record, so that the other pharmacies linked to that one will know these people can't be trusted, when they bring up their prescription history).

This was all pretty stupid on their part to cause themselves so many problems, that they clearly didn't take into consideration might happen to them. I'm sure with you working in the Court Administrators Office (Criminal Division) you know people that could have made their lives a living nightmare, but as you said, "water under the bridge". They caused themselves enough problems without even involving the authorities.

Take it easy.

- allgood

 

P.S. I’m happy to hear everything turned out OK for you in the end.