What should you take note of to learn if a prescription is still valid?
- Date of expiration
- Repeat prescriptions
Marami sa mamamayang Pilipino ang gumagamit ng mga lumang prescription ng mga gamot. Malimit, ito ay dahil sa paulit ulit na pagkakaroon ng parehas na sakit. It’s important to know that using expired prescriptions is not advised. In fact, there is a timeline for every prescription you get.
In the Philippines, generic medicines are easily accessible to the public. Sa ibang tindahan ng gamot, kailangan mo pa rin sabihin muna na generic ang gusto mo. Ngunit may mga drugstore din naman na nagbebenta ng medisina at generic medicine agad ang una nilang ibabahagi o rerekomenda.
It’s important for everyone to understand that it’s wrong to use expired prescriptions given by your doctors when you need new medicine. This is because the diagnosis of your ailments is only for the current state of your health. There is no assurance that feeling the same thing and experiencing the same symptoms automatically results in being prescribed the same medicine.
Date of Expiration
Every kind of medicine has an expiration date. The thing is, medicine doesn’t necessarily expire easily. Rather, the date of expiration there acts more like a “best before” tag. Ang ibig sabihin nito ay kapag lumampas na sa nakalagay na araw ng expiration ang medisina mo, hindi na ito kasing epektibo kumpara sa pag inom nito bago ang araw na iyon.
When it comes to the prescription itself, the date of expiration is exactly what it is. It means that for the days onward, you can no longer make use of the prescription to get medicine.
In most cases, a prescription is valid for 6 months from the date it was issued, unless it contains a controlled drug.
Dalawa ang petsa na malimit makita sa isang prescription. Una ang petsa kung kailan pinirmahan ng doctor ito, at ang ikalawa ay ang petsa kung kalian pwede na kunin ang gamot mula sa mga drugstore.
Iba naman ang mangyayari kapag ang uri ng prescription mo ay tinuturing na Repeat prescription. This kind of prescription allows the medicine to be dispensed more than once. Ibig sabihin ay pwede mo ito gamitin ng paulit ulit sa loob ng anim na buwan.
That being said, for the prescription to be availed, you have to have it dispensed for the first time within 6 months of the date on the prescription. Afterward, the prescription will be valid according to what is detailed on the prescription.
It’s not advisable to use the same, outdated prescription to buy medicine because there are chances that even with the same symptoms, you would need a different kind of medicine. Mahalagang pagtuunan ng pansin ang mga araw kung kalian ibingay ang prescription at kung anong klaseng prescription ito upang mas maging malinaw kung hanggang kalian mo ito pwede gamitin.
Just remember that in most cases, a doctor’s prescription is only valid for 6 months from the time they allow you to take your medicine. Other than that, It’s best to go ask a doctor again before buying or using medicine again.