Why do you need to contact my doctor for refills of maintenance medications?

When your doctor wrote the prescription for a long-term or maintenance medication, he or she determined how many refills would be allowed. Contact is necessary because your doctor wants to be sure that everything is going well. It may be necessary for your doctor to examine you or order laboratory tests to determine the following:

  • The medication is working properly and is actually helping you.
  • The medication isn't causing life-threatening, severe, or unexpected side effects.
  • You are taking your medication in the correct way.