Posted by Michael Barber, July 10, 2018 (last updated on September 22, 2021)
Urgent care facilities are able to prescribe medications, from antibiotics to pain medications and more, regardless of whether you are seeing a nurse practitioner or medical doctor. They will do what they can to ensure your health and safety.
Medications Can Be Prescribed
If you're headed to an urgent care center, it is likely that you are in pain or are sick. The severity of the sickness or injury is going to vary from incident to incident. However, because of the nature of urgent care facilities, those who run them understand that medications need to be prescribed occasionally.
Not All Medications Are Prescribed At All Facilities
It's important to note that not all urgent care facilities offer the same services and medications. Because of this, you may find that some medications will not be prescribed at some facilities. In general, if an urgent care facility will not prescribe a medication, it will be narcotics. This is to help cut back on the abuse of drugs.
Long-Term Pain Management
Though some urgent care facilities will prescribe pain medications, it is unlikely that you will be prescribed long-term pain medication. If you deal with chronic pain, this is something that you should discuss with you primary care physician. In addition, if you have an increase in your chronic pain, this is something that should be discussed with a pain management physician or primary care physician.
Antibiotics and Other Medications
If you come into the urgent care with a bacterial illness, you will likely be prescribed an antibiotic. This medication will help you get better more quickly and effectively. In addition, you may be given some of this medication while at the facility. In some cases, urgent care centers are adding medication-dispensing terminals that can be convenient access points for common prescriptions.
After you have visited an urgent care facility and received a prescription, it is important to note that it will probably not have a refill available. Instead, you will need to check with your primary care physician for refills. Otherwise, you may need to visit the urgent care center again to get another prescription.
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