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Changed date on script

Hello, I am prescribed adderall 20mg generic every month and my doctor has given me 3 scripts for the next three months. Everything was typed out on the scripts she gave me except for her signature and at the very top right "fill after 09/15/15." I changed the date on one of the scripts to 09/13/15 because I had a HUGE report due and because I was taking 3-4/day instead of the recommended 2/day I didn't have enough for the current month. When I turned this script in the pharmacy said it was way too early, and told me me they were holding it until the following Tuesday so they could talk to the doctor. I never got any phone calls on any updates that following Tuesday and so I called the pharmacy and they stated they had destroyed the script and I was to call my doctor before doing anything else? Not sure what this means, I'm terrified and I know I have a right to be. We all make DUMB mistakes and I'm worried I'll get in major trouble. I have NOTHING on my record and I'm clean! I've been prescribed this medication since I was in college (which is like 7 years). I also still have a script for next month as well. Should I wait to just fill it then? Hoping it's forgotten about and it's just a slap on the wrist? Or should I contact the doctor? Once again, I'm not addicted...I've just had a very hard month and have been taking 3-4 pills a day instead of the recommended 2/day. Thank you...and please be easy with me! I know I messed up!
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Hey HGirl,

First of all, this is a safe place for you. I know that lots of us on here have a history of giving our doctors and pharmacies excuses because we messed up with our medications. What I love about this place is that it's the only place in the world where we can feel free to tell the truth about meds. The reason I say this is because I'm curious as to how you changed a 5 (as in 9/15) to a 3 (in 9/13). :)  Not to mention the pharmacy probably wouldn't say it was "way too early" if it was only a two-day difference. No one will judge you here. Lots of the members on here have been in your spot. We can give you the best advice if we know the exact details of your situation.

I'm very sorry to cause you worry, but you are in a sticky situation. Technically speaking, I'm pretty sure you committed a felony. It doesn't make you a terrible person, a lot of the folks on here have probably either thought about doing what you did in the past, or they actually did it to obtain meds before they were due. Because the pharmacy destroyed the prescription, it's encouraging to know that they most likely did not contact law enforcement. However, I'd be willing to bet my next paycheck that they did contact your doctor and your doctor is aware of what you did. That's why your script wasn't filled the following Tuesday. Your doctor probably cancelled it. And if your state has a thorough prescription monitoring program, your doc probably cancelled your October script as well in the system.

Doctors are like the rest of us and avoid confrontation if possible. So the fact that they didn't call you about the script doesn't surprise me. If you take a wait and see approach, I think you're going to have trouble at the pharmacy when you try to fill the next script.

My advice is to make an appointment and talk to your doc in person. If you call, you're going to have to communicate through a nurse or office manager, and it's been my experience that they aren't going to explain your situation to the doctor in a sympathetic manner. I would make an appointment and confess. The doc already knows what you did from speaking with the pharmacy, so don't lie to him or her. Tell the doc that you know what you did is wrong and if you really need this medication, explain why you did it and that you know you should have called him or her before you started taking more than prescribed.

I don't know much about Adderall other than it's abuse potential. How did taking 3-4 a day help you function? Perhaps that's something to share with the doctor.

No matter what, you're going to have to come clean with your doctor. I know that it's stressful, but not taking any action on this is not going to end well if you want your doctor to keep treating you. Hopefully I didn't worry you too much!
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4522800 tn?1470325834
AGREE with Jifmoc!!
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Hi, HGirl and welcome. Yup, I did that in the past for my Norco (vicodin) script. Several Times. I never got caught, but that's beside the point.

You don't want to hear this, but that is addict behavior. That's what addict's say "I'm a good person! I'm just stressed! I only needed it this one time!" That's right out of the addict handbook.

There is a reason you got caught, imo. You are taking TWICE the amount per day that you are supposed to. When we head down slippery slopes, it's inevitable, we do things like this. Your need for them was so intense that you couldn't wait. You couldn't wait. Just think about that. It was so intolerable for you to go w/o your Adderall for one or 2 days that you had to change the script and take that chance. That is what we do when we are addicts: common sense takes a backseat to our desperate need for our drug of choice.

I've been exactly where you are. It's terrifying. This is showing you that something is wrong and you need to address it. I hope you do. And if so, we are totally here for support. Okay? Stick around:)
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4522800 tn?1470325834
Call Your Dr asap and tell the truth!
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Hi HGirl.....I think all the advice you have gotten is so true.My concern is exactly what is the diagnosis for the Adderall?  It sounds from your statements it is mainly to help you get assignments done.  That in itself is a red flag I think you need to address.  Otherwise, the slippery-slope has already started;  1-2 were enough, but now you needed 3-4.  So I really encourage you to look at other options.
Many of us thought our drug of choice. wasn't so bad (we hadn't educated ourselves enough about our brain chemistries and changes that occur from these drugs).  I know I worried too much about problems getting into trouble, instead of the real problem of hurting my body.  I assume you may have been diagnosed with ADD, but I agree you need to talk to your doctor.  Best regards.
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I've been doing more research about everything and trying to determine if Adderall is really THAT bad and if I SHOULD or SHOULDN'T be taking it. A lot of the things I've read I can really relate with. Adderall has really given me the energy I've needed for my job throughout the whole day which in turn helps so that I don't sit around when I get home from work. I continue being active. It really does help my moods and my focusing as well. I just don't know whether I should think about getting off of it altogether or sticking with it, but watching myself and talking with the doctor. Just in a confused place with it all. I think I'm also going to talk about it with my fiancee seeing as how honesty is the best policy and maybe he could even help!
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I'm so glad you feel encouraged. Trust me, whatever you've done that you think is so bad, someone else has done it, too!

Honesty is the way to go. Tell your dr what you told us. Doctors have heard it all before. Be open w/ her and hopefully you guys can form a new plan as to how to proceed.
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You guys are SO awesome. Thank you! I appreciate the encouragement. I'm glad I could come on this site and talk about it. I have no one else to go to since I'm a little embarrassed of the situation. So do you think I should say anything to my doc? I know that VICourageous, you said I should. But what do I say?  
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