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Old 04-07-2020, 09:52 AM
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So, I've had a bad chest cough that's productive, no fever, and other than the cough, I've felt fine. Over the counter decongestants have helped me not feel so congested, but I have this bad cough that I just can't get rid of. It feels like bronchitis, which I am prone too. I decided to try a teledoc today.

I have to say, I'm a little in shock! We did it through the phone, I talked to a doctor, not a nurse. I was on the phone for 2 minutes. All he asked were my symptoms and medication allergies. He asked what I thought was wrong, and I said bronchitis. He asked if I had it before and I said yes, several times. He asked what I've taken in the past and I told him a Z-Pack. He asked if I wanted a prescription for a Z-pack. I said yes, he said okay and he'd send it in to my pharmacy. Didn't even ask to hear my cough.

I'm totally fine with this and not complaining, I know there is a lot going on in the health care industry. My concern is more for other people. If this is how a typical teledoc visit goes, don't you think this is easy access for drug abusers? I seriously just had to say the medicine I wanted. Anyone could provide a doctor over the phone with symptoms and a preferred prescription and get it. Seems like an easy method for prescription drug abusers!


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Old 04-07-2020, 09:58 AM
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I use my ďteledocĒ through my insurance often. I put teledoc in quotes as itís through an app and we video not talk on the phone. You choose from a list of doctors and they have access to your health records.

Theyíve prescribed me antibiotics before or refilled simple recurring prescriptions.

As far as your concern regarding ďdrug abusersĒ Iím 99.9% they canít prescribe controlled substances through the phone or video. They probably could if itís something in your file but even then I still doubt it. Iím pretty sure people addicted to drugs arenít abusing antibiotics.
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Old 04-07-2020, 09:59 AM
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I trust that online doctors are quite aware of the potential for abuse. My husband came down with shingles a week ago today and used a tele-doc for diagnosis and prescribing an antiviral med.
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Old 04-07-2020, 10:35 AM
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It's easy to get some things done, but not so easy for others. Antibiotics, yes. Controlled substances, no.

My mom take some pretty strong painkillers every day, and she is able to get hers filled through a phone call, but ONLY because she is an established cancer patient. New patient? Not happening.
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Old 04-07-2020, 11:09 AM
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I had my very first telemed visit last week. I had an eye infection where my eyelid swelled up despite using warm compresses for several days. My experience was like a PP, I went through my insurance / an app on my phone. We video conferenced. I chose a doctor from a list with their wait times posted. I filled out a brief history ahead of time while waiting. When we met she went over my history. She asked my concerns and looked at my eye. She listened to my concerns and was very helpful. Iím allergic to both the Zpak & penicillin so prescribing meds is not always easy for me. Additionally Iím still nursing so itís an added layer of caution for taking any medication. Overall, it was a good experience. There was a small glitch with the medicine she prescribed me and the pharmacy....because itís not my regular doctor there was a lag in communication and follow-up. That took several days to rectify. If I was really sick and needed the antibiotic ASAP it would have been a problem. Thankfully for me I didnít need the medication immediately and could wait. I donít find that it was the doctors fault, more than anything it was a glitch in the general function of using a telemed service thatís not your regular PCP. I would try it again. I waited in my house and it was a much cheaper co-pay! I definitely recommend trying it


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Old 04-07-2020, 11:20 AM
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I am understanding that certain medications still need the paper prescription from the prescribing doctor's office. Even established patients have a hard time getting opiod medications.
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Old 04-07-2020, 12:17 PM
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Seems like an easy method for prescription drug abusers!
There not prescribing pain killers, just antibiotics. I use them whenever I get a UTI or if I think I'm getting strep. It's easy, convenient, and I prefer it over going to the walk in clinic where I might pick up something else.
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Old 04-07-2020, 12:26 PM
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I was going to jump in and echo Ima. I take a controlled substance for ADHD. I've been with the same practice (and now the same nurse practitioner) for years. I've now gotten to the point where I can call in a prescription, they can call it into my pharmacy and I can pick up a two month supply. I was thankful to be able to do that a few weeks ago (and I'm sure they were thankful for the same thing).
I actually wish it was that easy to typically get an antibiotics. I'm also prone to chest infections like bronchitis. I likely should've gone to the doctor for it last month as I literally had the exact same symptoms as you. I could have benefitted from a Z pack I think. I didn't want to deal with the hassle of going to the office though but I'd have gotten better sooner with some help. Having said that, I doubt I could be addicted to antibiotics.
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Old 04-07-2020, 04:00 PM
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Hereís their policy ...

https://www.teladoc.com/providers/prescription-policy/

They canít really prescribe most meds.
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ďTeladoc doctors do not issue prescriptions for substances controlled by the DEA, non-therapeutic, and/or certain other drugs which may be harmful because of their potential for abuse. These include, but are not limited to, antidepressant drugs such as Cymbalta, Prozac and Zoloft which are drugs that are harmful due to their potential for abuse. Also, non-therapeutic drugs such as Viagra and Cialis are not prescribed by Teladoc doctors.ď
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Old 04-07-2020, 04:52 PM
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Good to know they don't prescribe all drugs.

I have to admit, it was very easy and I would definitely do it again if needed.


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