Going out of town for 3-4 weeks. Clonazepam prescription (w/ 1 refil) expires 2 weeks into my trip. Early refill question

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New to the forums. Just registered because this seems like the right place to answer my question.

I am on clonazepam .5mg 4x daily and get a monthly prescription with 1 refill. I filled it on the 14th of this month and I go out of town (currently live in Colorado and am going back to my home town of Baltimore) for 3-4 weeks on the 29th of this month. Also, my prescribing doctor is out of town until the 12th of October.

Anyway, my prescription is filled through walgreens, and I will run out 2 weeks from the day I leave town. I will be out of town anywhere from 3-4 weeks. My flight to Baltimore has been booked however my exact return date has not yet been decided but will be sometimes between 3 weeks and 4. I know that walgreens is nationwide however while in Baltimore I will not have a car and do not want the added stress of the possibility of not being able to get to the pharmacy on the day of my refill and possibly running out, or the potential issue of refilling an out of state refill that could arrise. My stress levels are not the best to begin with which is why I am on clonazepam to begin with, and it is just worrying me about going away without adaquate amount of my meds pending any problems filling while away.


I am wondering if I go into my pharmacy and explain my situation, do you think that I would be able to get a refill or a half refill before I leave on the 29th so that I leave town with enough meds to last me till i return in hand. This would be refilling 2 weeks early, but I only actually need to get 2 weeks of the refill to ensure I have enough which would be half of the prescribed refill. On my bottle it does not say any date in which I have to wait to refill, it only says a date in which I have to use my refill before it expires. I know insurance would not cover this, however it is a generic drug and should not be very expensive. The cost is not a worry to me. Do you think my walgreens will do this for me? I know it may seem to be asking a lot to be 2 weeks early, but given my situation I believe it is reasonable.


Has anyone had any experience with this or could anyone offer their opinion on whether or not this will be allowed to be done?

Thank you,


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Early refill


This is a tough one and is going to be different for every situation. 

All you can do is ask.  Go to your usual pharmacy and ask to speak with the pharmacist (not a technician).  Explain your situation.  If you are well known by the pharmacist, he/she may be able to help you out and refill the prescription early.  It is usually best to fill the whole refill, because in some places, if you only take part of the refill, you lose the rest of the refill (ie you have used up one of the number of refills by doing the partial fill).

Another option would be to have the pharmacist call a Walgreen's in Baltimore and set it up so that you could get the 'script refilled at the correct time, but in Baltimore.  It would be pharmacist to pharmacist and within the same system, so it may be easy actually.

But, again, all you can do is ask.  Many facilities have provisions to get one (sometimes two) early refill a year, for vacations or emergencies.  Every system is different.

Good luck.



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Ask your Dr. . . .

Ask your Dr. to write an emergency vacation 3 month refill and take it to your wallgreens. That is, if your Doc hasn't left yet . . . Q

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Does the doctor have a partner? or a nurse you know well?

If you doctor is out of town, talk to their nurse. They can look in your chart and see if this would be something they could ask whoever is covering your physician while they're away. If all else fails ask your pharmacist for a print out of your past 6 months of rx's and take it with you on your trip. Find a minor care center or ER and get a partial rx to cover your missing pills. When you return you inform your pharmacist and your doctor about the partial rx you had to have filled. Then you go on as usual.
We do this all the time for people in the ER who come in from out of town. We've seen everything from people whose baggage has been lost by the airlines to someone who accidently turned in a rental car with their medications in it, to someone who was staying in a hotel and their meds (and other valuables) disappeared while they were out to dinner.
Good luck to you!

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Frankly, this story sounds

Frankly, this story sounds suspicious. 

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I have been in this similar

I have been in this similar situation and also with W***greens. One one occasion the pharmcist filled it early because I had NEVER asked for such before and I take minimal doses of meds I am prescribed. The same pharmacy, different PHARMACIST wouldn't fill my patch prescript one day because the previous month I picked my scripts up a day LATE...and wore the patch a 3rd day as I was too sick with the flu to drive. W***greens has a few pharmacists who DO judge, so you will most likely have a chance..or not.

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Schedule IV vs Schedule II

Of coure, there is a small bit of difference between a Schedule IV medicine (e.g. Clonazepam) and a Schedule II medicine (e.g. Fentanyl).  Most pharmacists would not have a problem filling a Schedule IV medicine early once in a while for a vacation, but most will not refill a Schedule II early.  Though as you state, all pharmacists and pharmacies are different.