There is a difference between prescription refill and renewal. Not only do you have to worry about taking your medication on time, but also make sure they're not expired.Book an Appointment for Only
The primary difference between a prescription refill and renewal is that you can
receive refills automatically right before you run out of your prescribed medicine. You can also
call in to get more medication if you need it.
For example, a patient with a frequent infection needs sufficient refills to treat aninfection. This means that the doctor must mention the number of refills when prescribing the medication so that patients can do it, without any delays.
This is typically done to allow ease of access to patients to collect their medication. And it also saves doctors' valuable time by not having to take consults for simple refills. Prescription refills are mostly about patient convenience in ongoing treatment. The number of refills left is displayed on the new bottle with each refill.
But in the case of prescription renewal, a doctor prescribes a limited amount of medication. And once finished, the patient must get a renewal by visiting adoctor. Note that in this case, the prescription bottle will state no refills on the label.
In other words, refills are left up to the patient's discretion, while renewals require a doctor's approval.
Medication refills are performed through one of these methods:
· You may request yourdoctor for a prescription renewal at a consultation.
· You may call, message, or otherwise contact your doctor to ask for a prescription renewal.
· You may contact and ask the pharmacy to request the doctor for a prescription renewal on your behalf.
Note that the pharmacy can't provide you with the medication without a prescription renewal from your doctor.
Sometimes patients stop taking their medication on their own when the symptoms subside, only to discover sometime later that the particular prescription has expired. In that case, remember that expired prescriptions need to be handled properly.
If your prescription expires, you should dispose of it immediately for your
safety and visit your doctor for a fresh one. Use a medication disposal box to dispose of
yourmedication for safety.
The protocol for medication disposed of in medication disposal boxes is to be incinerated. This way, they cannot get mixed up into the regular supply by accident or end up in the wrong hands to be sold illegally.
You should remove the label from the bottle with your personal information on it for at-home disposal to maintain your privacy. Don't flush expired medication down the toilet as the local waterways can get contaminated.
If you're unsure of the correct procedure fordisposing of medication at home, you can call any pharmacist to guide you through the process. This can ensure that the medication is disposed of safely.
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At TelMDCare, we assist our patients by refilling the following prescriptions:
You can refill, manage and transfer your prescriptions easily online. You should ask about the facility in your next online video doctor consultation for a prescription refill or renewal. You can also consult our online doctor online about the procedure to safely dispose of medications.