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Online prescriptions?

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Hello, Am I in the right area for an online prescription?  I have had 2 spine fusions, more than 10 spinal procedures, I am in chronic pain, PT has not helped and I am now on long term disability.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Nurse Susan replied 4 years ago.
Hello Oneinneed,

I am sorry to tell you this, and I am also sorry for the pain you are in, (I know back pain well myself) but no valid or ethical health care provider would prescribe over the Internet. The reason providers would not prescribe without an in person exam is that without the exam, there really is no way to know everything that is happening with the patient. And there is no way to establish a patient-provider relationship; working TOGETHER with your provider gives him/her the best probability for helping you obtain effective and safe medication.

I'm sure you've seen or heard of online narcotics sales...these web sites operate illegally and you can go to jail for buying without a valid prescription. To add insult to injury, studies show the drugs advertised are often NOT good quality and NOT even the medicine they claim to be.

Here is a website regarding the dangers of online and illegal narcotics sale: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/consumer_alert.htm
And from the FDA: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm048396.htm

Please see your provider for pain control; if you lack the funds and or do not have one there are low cost clinics: here is a wep page to help find them. http://www.needymeds.org/free_clinics.taf

I hope I was able to help,

Sincerely, Susan
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