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ddmz

Member
What is the name of your state? MD

I have a prescription for 20mg of Lexapro. I went out of town for the weekend and I put two of my pills in my old prescription container which was for 10mg. Someone told me this is illegal. Is this actually the case?
 


adjusterjack

Senior Member
What is the name of your state? MD

I have a prescription for 20mg of Lexapro. I went out of town for the weekend and I put two of my pills in my old prescription container which was for 10mg. Someone told me this is illegal. Is this actually the case?
You risk being arrested for possessing a controlled substance without being able to prove that you have a prescription for it.

Carry it in the original labeled containers.
 

quincy

Senior Member
You can ask your pharmacist to provide you with a small labeled prescription bottle so you don’t have to carry a large container when traveling.

Here is a link to an older thread posted to this forum on carrying prescription drugs in something other than the original labeled container. Although the thread was posted on Michigan laws, there is no difference in the trouble you can get into if stopped by the police.
https://forum.freeadvice.com/threads/carry-prescription-in-a-different-container-than-they-were-dispensed-in.608587/
 
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ddmz

Member
You can ask your pharmacist to provide you with a small labeled prescription bottle so you don’t have to carry a large container when traveling.

Here is a link to an older thread posted to this forum on carrying prescription drugs in something other than the original labeled container. Although the thread was posted on Michigan laws, there is no difference in the trouble you can get into if stopped by the police.
https://forum.freeadvice.com/threads/carry-prescription-in-a-different-container-than-they-were-dispensed-in.608587/
So these were in my prescription bottle, with medicine name, dr. information, my information, the only difference was the two pills were 20mg instead of 10mg.
 

quincy

Senior Member
So these were in my prescription bottle, with medicine name, dr. information, my information, the only difference was the two pills were 20mg instead of 10mg.
If you carry your prescribed medication in its original labeled bottle - so if stopped by the police they can verify with your doctor/the pharmacy that you are carrying drugs legally prescribed to you - the risk of an arrest over the drugs is probably unlikely ...

... unless, of course, you are stopped for driving under the influence or there is some evidence you are selling drugs to others.

If you need to carry a day’s worth of prescribed medications with you, you should ask your pharmacist for a small properly labeled bottle.

If you are prescribed 20 mg and the pills are 20mg, the label should say 20mg and not 10mg.
 
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quincy

Senior Member
Just for clarity, Lexapro is an antidepressant. It is not scheduled.
A labeled container is important, then, so that the police (in the event of a stop) can easily identify the medication and confirm the prescription.

A problem is more likely to arise when the drugs are not identified. Lexapro pills, for example, resemble Oxycodone pills. The police are not going to guess at what the medication is. They can arrest first, confirm the prescription later.
 
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ajkroy

Member
A labeled container is important, then, so that the police (in the event of a stop) can easily identify the medication and confirm the prescription.

A problem is more likely to arise when the drugs are not identified. Lexapro pills, for example, resemble Oxycodone pills. The police are not going to guess at what the medication is. They can arrest first, confirm the prescription later.
Agreed. I was just letting the forum know what type of prescription we were discussing.
 

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