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JeniferM
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Question... does your pharmacy need to know what you're treating? I have this feeling that eventually the pharmacist is going to ask. I want to know if I can just say it's none of their business. Well... in a nice way.

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scorpiogirl
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Nope they don't need to know... they can ask but it doesn't mean you have to answer them. And if you are uncomfortable you can go to many different pharmacies.

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NOPE!

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Opinions, not medical advice!

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No. They are not the doctor and cannot refuse to give you drugs if you have a valid prescription.

However...They MAY question the prescription if they feel the dose is too high. I've had this happen a few times, particularly with Malarone. They standard dose for Malaria is 1 pill / day. My Rx is for 6 pills / day. Believe it or not, Dr's do make mistakes so the Pharmacist may opt to contact the Dr. to verify the dosage.

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2/10 symptoms began
5/10 dx'd, after 3 months numerous test and doctors

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WhitneyS
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I would decline to answer if they asked, its none of their business, and I would think it was rude, if not unprofessional if they even asked.
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mojo
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When I was on ABX my pharm. commented that the only thing he knew of that was treated with so many ABX was ..... LYME. So he guessed!
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ladycakes
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I also had a pharmacist ask, because of the dosage. He was super polite about it, though, and was just concerned that the doctor had written down the dosage wrong.
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Since I was bedridden in the beginning of my treatment, it was my husband that was always picking up my medications.

I know that he too had been asked by the pharmacist about a few years in as to the reasoning behind all these meds. From my understanding, my husband DID tell him.... but more because we have been on the "awareness campaigne" for this disease.

The pharmacist has been extremely good about it and compassionate to the point of always asking how I'm doing when he picked up more meds and has even been saying that he's finding a lot of patients are getting infected in this area.

Yes, WE already knew it was everywhere, but it sounds like this pharmacist really was opened to wanting to learn and at no time has he ever made my husband feel guilty about all these meds. More that he's just trying to see if they were really actually helping, which they definitely have.

So although it may not be any of their business, if you seem to have a good repoir with the pharmacist, it may be an opportunity to let them know more about this horrid disease.

Just trying to look from the other side of the glass. But no one HAS to explain EVER.

Cathy

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Years ago when I began picking up perscritions, I had asked pharacist a question about lyme as I rememember it now.

He was a symathetic person and as I walked away, his assistant who was listening asked him quietly if there was no cure.

As i was walking out the door I could hear him say to her sadly, no.

It's made me less fearful showing up there so frequently. Other staff there haven given me no trouble either.

Hope it continues.

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Fuel1212
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None of their business!!

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IgG- 31,34,39,83-93 IND
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On the extreme other side...

There are some pharmacists who refuse to fill the prescriptions and they have quoted the Idiots who wrote the IDSA guidelines when doing so.

For example, people with Medco insurance, please be aware they are one of the ones on the warpath and can get horribly nasty about it. BUT...

Don't give up! Go to your insurance commissioner and your Attorney General if you are denied. Don't let your disease get more advanced because of the STUPID people out there.

Let your LLMD know about it so they can contact those working to fix this situation.

Otay?

[Big Grin]

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JeniferM
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The pharmacist got a little closer to outright asking what I'm being treated for. This time she said "So, how's your treatment going?" Luckily my brain was working and I said "Oh, as expected, I guess." without elaboration of any kind.

Usually, I just start jabbering away about everything that pops into my head. I'm glad I had a zip on it at that moment. heh

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IgG: [41 IND]
Positive according to IGeneX. Negative according to CDC. Negative for co-infections.
Currently treating for Lyme, Bartonella, Babesia

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No and trust me I've ran in to many pharmacist that like to believe they're doctors and will question you on everything. You don't need to tell them anything
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My pharmacists knew what I was treating and were VERY supportive. It was not the first pharmacy I went to ....

When I came back from Germany and needed a thyroid refill, they were so happy for me that I looked so much healthier. I still get thyroid and once in a while, the old timers who are still there will ask how I'm doing and joke about how I don't need them anymore.

It was nice having them on my side, but I can understand the apprehension of telling them what you're treating.

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average joe
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Scarin' me now tincup. I have Medco. So far`they have not given me any trouble but..........

Next Jan we are switching RX insurers. I can only hope they don't give me any grief.

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