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What Type of Medication Can an Urgent Care Doctor Prescribe?
May 19, 2016

What Type of Medication Can an Urgent Care Doctor Prescribe?

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Types of Medications That Most Likely Will Not Be Prescribed at Urgent Care
While there are many types of medications that can be prescribed at an urgent care clinic, there are certain medications that are often not prescribed by urgent care doctors.
Prescription Refills: If a patient forgot to get a refill from his or her doctor at the last visit, and the patient’s refills are all out, it is unlikely he or she will be able to obtain a refill at an urgent care. Most of the time urgent care doctors will not approve of the prescription refill request, because chronic conditions that require long-term medications are best monitored by a primary physician, who will be monitoring the patient through the medication treatment, and can help with lifestyle changes due to the condition.
If the patient does not have a primary care physician, an urgent care doctor would be able to provide a referral to go see one, so that the patient can make a long-term relationship with a doctor who could monitor the condition and medications.
Narcotics: Narcotics are not likely to be prescribed at urgent care clinics, in hopes of reducing drug abuse issues. Narcotics are typically prescribed by a primary doctor who is able to carefully monitor the patient’s condition.
Long-Term Pain Management: Similar to narcotics, long-term pain management medications will most likely not be prescribed at urgent care clinics due to the fact that urgent care physicians will not be following up with the patient long term. Primary care doctors who have the ability to see the patient often, and follow up on pain management long term would be the ones prescribing these types of medications.
Anti-Anxiety Medications: Because urgent care physicians are not psychiatrists, and do not monitor patients long term, it is important to know that anxiety and anti-depression medications cannot be prescribed at urgent care center.
When Should Patients Go to Urgent Care for Medication
While urgent care doctors are not able to prescribe all medications, such as narcotics, anxiety medications, and long term pain management medications, they are able to prescribe many medications or give health tips to help treat bacterial, viral, and other conditions, such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, by prescribing a onetime dose.
Patients who are sick and believe they are dealing with an infection should visit an urgent care center, since the provider there is able to prescribe medication. Patients should also go to an urgent care center if they have accidentally run out of refills of management medications, and need a single dose, or if they are on vacation and misplaced a medication that they need to maintain overall health.
Urgent care doctors are able to prescribe medications to treat patients, and get them feeling better. The main goal at urgent care clinics is to get patients seen quickly and have them treated appropriately and with the utmost care. The physician will always prescribe medication that he or she thinks is best for each individual patient’s condition or refer the patient to a primary care physician who can monitor any possible long-term condition.

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