The rules for prescribing controlled substances, which are those that have a high level of abuse or are otherwise dangerous when not used correctly, are very strict.

If you get a prescription for such a substance, it is essential that your doctor includes all the required elements. The National Center for Biotechnology Information states that if the prescription does not meet requirements, it is not valid, and a pharmacist will not fill it.

Drug information

The prescription must include detailed drug information. It should state the name of the drug and list the drug strength.

Usage information

It also needs to have specific usage information. This includes the dosage instructions and clear directions for the patient on how to use it. It also requires the doctor to state the quantity and refills available if any. The doctor also needs to specify the dosage form, which means the physician should state if it is in pill form, liquid or other.

Do note there are guidelines for refills and quantities on controlled substances. Your doctor must ensure these things are within the limits.

Other detailed information

The prescription must also include your name and address and the name and address of the prescribing physician. Your doctor must also provide his or her DEA number and sign the prescription. Finally, the prescription must have a date of issue.

When receiving a prescription for a controlled substance, you should carefully review it. Make sure it includes all the required information. If you notice anything missing, do not hesitate to speak up. The law requires all of these elements for a valid prescription, and you can save time by having the doctor correct it while you are still in the office.