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MarineDog

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Has anyone ever used one of those internet pharmacy places? I have had 5 Service-connected Outpatient Emergency Room visits and 2 at a VAMC (1 ½ hours away) since January 1, 2007 and I really should have gone more. I do not want to give a health history, but I will say I have had major migraines (2-4 per week) since 1985; I am allergic to many meds and the two that work:

Dilaudid – Which comes in tablets (for take home use) or injection at Doc’s office. This is in the VA Formulary.

Stadol – Which comes Nasal Spray (that I use), injection at Doc’s office or tablets (which I have never had. This is not in the VA Formulary.

I have only recently found out about the Dilaudid when I was at the ER.

I use the Stadol because it manages my pain quickly, it’s cheap and I can use it at home. One bottle lasts only 10 squirts (they are measured). I’ve used the Nasal Spray and injections for years it works quickly.

My PCP, who will write anything, won’t give even outside scripts for these two, so I thought I would get them through the internet.

Any Tips?

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Have you tried going to your local urgent care and seeing if they would wriite you a scrip for them? I would be weary of using the internet for ordering meds with no script. You may end up broke, with no meds or even in trouble. I would try going to a different doc first.

good luck

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Anytime a Doc or anyone at the VA says No you can and should appeal it if you feel that strongly about it. Good Luck

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Thanks for your input. I think I will go to my urgent care place and see if they will write a scrip.

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MarineDog,

Concerning your migranes...you might want to try imatrex, if you havent yet. I have suffered form migranes for years and this med works quick. Much better than the tylenol 3 I used to have.

It comes in pill, inject or snort form.

jecsb4

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