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Controlled Meds

Controlled medications include:

  • Narcotic pain medications (such as hydrocodone, tramadol and oxycodone),
  • Sleep medications (such as Ambien or zolpidem), 
  • The benzodiazepine family of anxiety medicines (such as Xanax or alprazolam, lorazepam, diazepam), 
  • Stimulant medications used for ADD (such as amphetamine and methylphenidate). 

These medicines have health risks for the patient, including dependence.  They also present a risk to your family and the community when they wind up in someone else's hands.

So we take their use seriously, especially in light of recent legislation in Kentucky controlling their use.

All patients requiring long term use of controlled medications will be required to complete a Controlled Substances Contract:

  • You will be required to keep regular appointments with your provider, at 1-3 month intervals depending on the medication;
  • All medications must be taken exactly as you've contracted: you may not change the amount or frequency of your doses without discussing it with your provider BEFORE hand;
  • Under NO circumstances will refills be given early; 
  • No controlled prescriptions will be refilled after hours; 
  • You may not receive controlled prescriptions from more than one provider; 
  • All controlled prescriptions must be filled at a single pharmacy;
  • You may be asked to submit to testing of blood or urine at random intervals.