When Do You Need to See a Doctor for a Prescription Refill?

December 26, 2018

Many wonder why a physician requires an office visit when they need their prescription renewed – especially if they have been taking the drug for a while with no problems – but there are times when an office visit is required for the patient’s safety.

While patients often prefer having their physicians renew prescriptions without question or an office visit, that may not result in the best care. Typically, if you haven’t been seen for a while – or if the doctor is new to you and hasn’t examined you before – an office visit will be necessary. This is to assure your safety – many things can be discovered during an office visit that might not be obvious to you.

So, while an automatic prescription renewal may be more convenient, remember that your physician recommends an office visit to assure you are taking the medications that are best for you. Of course, if you have any concerns about your prescriptions, it’s always best to give your healthcare provider a call.