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Old 11-10-2014, 10:37 AM   #11
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Re: Full timing & medical needs

If you are on Schedule II drugs (narcotics etc), then you will need to find 2 things. A doctor who writes the script every 30 days, and a pharmacy that you deal with all the time. This may result in you going back to one location once a month for these things.

I have a friend who travels a lot, who can live just about anywhere, but cannot get his pain meds (from a massive tumor removal in his back, broken bones from being run over while driving a donor-cycle) filled except at one pharmacy where he has been going for years. This is due to the latest Obamacare issue, which restricts the number of patients a pharmacy can serve with narcotics. Also, doctors outside of his hometown won't write a script for refills even if he has all the paperwork with him (He does, Carries a whole folder of all the stuff he's on just in case the police pull him over and freak out at his stash.)

You can get your current doctor to write for 6 weeks for narcotics on a need basis, like once every 3 months or so, but your insurance will only pay for 30 days worth.

So you may need to set up a base camp somewhere just for getting the narcotics prescribed and filled. Sucks, but that is the current reality.

Also, if you take a lot of meds, don't use a pill box with a slot for each day or period of the day. Leave your prescriptions in the bottle. And if you have a partial bottle and a full bottle (like at the end of the month), do not consolidate your pills. Do not have more than what the script calls for for each bottle. Most cops freak out when they see someone who takes 15 meds a day, so be prepared to be treated like a criminal.

Other than that, stay out of trouble, keep your paperwork handy, your pills locked away, and pray that you don't get some over-officious cop in your face.
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Old 11-11-2014, 06:51 AM   #12
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Re: Full timing & medical needs

The experience here is just too limited. Those who need more restricted drugs while traveling need to be asking over on Fulltimer RV forums and on Facebook Fulltimer forums. I know it is possible as I have read about others doing it. I know they are getting restricted drugs, just not how. I do know that some have had their doctors try them on less restricted drugs to see if that will work for them before hitting the road.

When you find solutions, please post back so others can find the info. Thanks.
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Old 11-11-2014, 11:33 AM   #13
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I'm on the Depo shot (and I'm a LOT easier to live with, I'm telling ya! Well, except for that last week before my shot...Sorry Mum and Dad) and I pay cash. No insurance. According to my nurse I'll be in the middle of a 12-week cycle when I reach the East Coast so I'll have to find a new doctor when I get there.
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Re: Full timing & medical needs

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Also, if you take a lot of meds, don't use a pill box with a slot for each day or period of the day. Leave your prescriptions in the bottle. And if you have a partial bottle and a full bottle (like at the end of the month), do not consolidate your pills. Do not have more than what the script calls for for each bottle. Most cops freak out when they see someone who takes 15 meds a day, so be prepared to be treated like a criminal.
X2 on that. In this state, having your [restricted] pills "not in their original container" is a crime. The news says the street price of Grandma's stash is $80 per pill, so self-medicators have often chosen cheap heroin instead, even for pain issues.
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