2TheApex: Not any more (as of today)
Effective today any medication containing Hydrocodone is Reclassified as Schedule II. Yes, Hydrocodone combined with Tylenol is now Schedule II. (Click here for the DEA ruling on this) This means you CANNOT give an oral order for Hydrocodone. The pharmacy will need a physical prescription brought in to the pharmacy. Back to writing (or printing) and signing paper again. No more phoning it in unless it’s an “emergency.” Click below for the rules in our area.
Weekend pain control after October 6, 2014. First determine the patients pain level and how they are currently trying to control it. Sometimes patients are inadvertently doing things to make the pain worse. (Like placing ice on an swelling caused by infection) Be sure they are taking OTC pain medications properly. Taking 800 mg Ibuprofen every six hours with an Extra Strength Tylenol (500 mg) staggered between the Ibuprofen can manage most pain we encounter.
Other options: Call in for Schedule III (Tylenol III) or call Hydrocodone in as an “emergency” and most states will allow you 7 days to get them a physical prescription.
Another medication that works well for dental pain is Ultram (Tramadol) Schedule IV
If you think the pain source is primarily inflammatory a Medrol dose pack can be very effective.
When prescribing, the patient’s heath history is paramount as well as current medications and allergies. A proper diagnosis is always critical to managing a patient’s pain.
What do you plan to prescribe for a patient, if needed, after hours?