Most people would never have imagined that the pricing of prescription drugs would be so astronomical that it would cause patients to creatively stretch their medications. Cutting pills in half or using expired medications is a common practice. Dr. O’Toole provide detailed pre-surgical and post surgical instructions for every patient. If applicable, the instructions include securing new prescription medications when indicated for each procedure. It can be tempting, especially the patient having shorter procedures like liposuction or breast augmentation to use previous pain medication or antibiotics from a different procedure. They could even be from a dental procedure. Even if prescription medications have the same name this practice is not advised. Saving on drugs when it contradicts the manufacturers label or the prescription instructions can have unintended consequences. According to The LA Times if you’re concerned about pill splitting, expiration dates or any other medication issue, it’s best to consult with a doctor or pharmacist on a case-by-case basis, says Bill Soller, a professor of clinical pharmacy at UC San Francisco. That way you can have “a reasonable assurance that you get what you paid for,” he says. Without a dangerous surprise.
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