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The Anxiety Of Getting Your Prescription Refilled

August 21, 2019

(instrumental music) (rattle) – Shit. (exhales) So I tried to schedule it earlier but they had a cancellation
so if I didn’t take that then I wouldn’t be able to
see my doctor for like a week. – Okay, I understand. I’m just wondering how
many of these appointments there’s gonna be. Okay, if you’re stressed out about class maybe consider dropping something taking a lighter course load. – It’s not about being
stressed out in class. – Have you tried yoga? I don’t know. – Doesn’t work. – Maybe you should try smoking weed. – No, that just makes me more anxious. – What about acupuncture? (instrumental music) – Barbara. – I’m sorry Ms. Darragh but we need your doctor
to authorize a refill. – Yes, but Barbara you know
that I need my prescription. Barbara, Babs, come on, we go back. I’m here every 30 days, sometimes sooner if I
have a yeast infection. I have anxiety. Okay, I have anxiety today,
I had anxiety yesterday, I have no reason to believe that I won’t have anxiety tomorrow. – If you get your doctor
to call in the refill– – Barbara, can you not just
help me out on like principle? Didn’t you take an oath? – [Voiceover] You’ll need to come in and see Dr. Graff Breaman
for a 20-minute appointment. – Okay, can I come in today at lunch? (laughs) – No, the earliest appointment
is next week at two PM. – Um, actually I’m out of pills though. – Maybe schedule your
appointment in advance? – I did actually but I had to cancel it because I had a geology
exam and with geology you have to be there in person because– – [Voiceover] So do you
want the appointment? – Sure. – [Doctor] So it’s working well? – Yep. – Any new side effects? – It’s just that last week was a really tough week for me and– – If you’d like I can
put you on another drug that some others have
had some success with. It’s an anti-seizure drug. – I don’t have seizures. – Yes, but another effect of the drug– – Okay, but I still need
to come back in two months? – Actually, I’d like
to see you in one month if we put you on this. (instrumental music
changes to dramatic music) (beating) – Oh God, One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine. One, two, three, (gasps) one, two, three, four, five. Yeah hi, I’m calling
to check up on a refill for Darragh last name,
first name Kelsey with a K. (beating and dramatic music) 1990. 45, you said 45 30 minutes ago. (heavy breathing) – It’ll be 15 minutes. (exhales) (melancholy instrumental music) Darragh! That’ll be a $600 copay. – What? – I’m sorry, did you want the generic? – Obviously Barbara. – Okay, that’ll be 45 minutes. (shuffling) (heavy breathing) (engine and beeping) (techno music) (rattle) – Shit. (techno music) (digital tones)


  • Reply Holly Huffstutler February 21, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Yup, resisting the urge to scream "If I pass out in your parking lot will you believe that I NEED THE MEDS THAT MAKE ME NOT PASS OUT IN YOUR PARKING LOT?!?

  • Reply Shelby Lawrence February 27, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    Stop dry swallowing! I did that forever and ended up burning holes in my esophagus😬

  • Reply Rebecca Tagalog March 3, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    I feel the same way Kelsey.☺

  • Reply Strawberry Girl March 6, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    This gave me anxiety just reminding me

  • Reply Cryshaa Fernando March 7, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    People are so unhelpful and end up making everything worse sometimes 😞

  • Reply Tessa DAlton March 8, 2018 at 6:03 am

    Kelsey is a good actress

  • Reply Nina Zheng March 8, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    I think the pills are for her chronic pain

  • Reply Jacob Kelly March 10, 2018 at 3:50 am

    I got anxious just watching this video

  • Reply Brandon Skifton March 10, 2018 at 5:07 am

    🙂 Hope it helps.

  • Reply ratata March 10, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    Consider moving to country without all this hassle Kelsey. You shouldn't have to go through this. Good vibes.

  • Reply Hokland Grey March 10, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    Watching this video got me stressed out

  • Reply Frosty Girl Draws March 17, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    “Did you try yoga”
    Oof, hits so hard it hurts

  • Reply LiNingAir March 19, 2018 at 7:09 am

    That's just how the world works… stop making excuses, honestly. You can't just expect to get unlimited prescription drugs without monitoring even if you do have a condition. Need to cancel an appointment, book another one… be on top of things.

  • Reply crunchy ramen March 21, 2018 at 1:04 am

    Yo in the beginning she dry swallowed that pill

  • Reply Normal'sWayOverrated March 22, 2018 at 4:46 am

    Then you get people who say ‘why don’t you just keep track on when you’re gonna run out’ it’s not possible to add ANOTHER thing to my already stressful life

  • Reply Antonio Aguilar March 22, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    If you are feeling so bad why dont you go to the ER instead of waiting for a week?

  • Reply toshigem1 March 23, 2018 at 3:06 am

    Pharmacies in a retail setting can give you up to 1-5 day supply to hold you over. Its called an emergency supply. The numbers of pills they give will just be deducted from your refill. And make sure to double check that your doctor is prescribing up to at least 6 refills on the new prescription. the only drugs you can't do this for are controlled medication, birth control, inhalers…

  • Reply Roma. Tutoriales de acordeón. March 23, 2018 at 4:54 am

    I mean like OMG United States is the worst place in the world

  • Reply Sophie Holmes March 24, 2018 at 3:47 am

    Or just do it before you run out

  • Reply Deanna Day March 24, 2018 at 4:20 am

    Sadly this is the main reason why I stopped taking my meds. Living is hell without them but I couldn't afford them any more and I felt like my docs don't care. My psychologist won't even answer my calls or reply to me anymore. He won't even see me.

  • Reply Megan Ruhnke March 25, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Ugh I feel ya

  • Reply Loren Cooper March 26, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    Accurate AF

  • Reply Catalynz March 29, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    This is just a little too real for me.

  • Reply timothy kearns April 3, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    I have a long-running script for alprazolam and it's a thirty-day supply. Yesterday, I needed more but it had only been 29 days…….They actually filled it for me, which was amazing, since the "war on tranquilizers" is alive and well in my state of California…….California classifies alprazolam as a "narcotic", since it may cause sleepiness–shame on me!!!

  • Reply Alaina Ruby April 5, 2018 at 7:48 am

    I really just don't understand why you have to get new prescriptions for certain drugs. I understand that maybe your doctor wants to switch your medication or something like that. But I have diabetes. I will always have diabetes and therefore will always need insulin. Why do I have to get a new prescription every few months? My doctor and my insurance really only let me get one kind anyways. Why is this necessary? Thank God my dad's a doctor so if I run out of refills he can write me prescriptions.

  • Reply Abbygale420 Guin April 8, 2018 at 8:27 am

    This gave me anxiety

  • Reply Aaron Martin April 17, 2018 at 3:18 am

    This is me like trying to not think of bad thoughts. Im like counter numbers. I had nothing to do so i was thinking a lot. It was mentally and physically exhausting. I know what you're going through girl

  • Reply Ilovecats 88 April 22, 2018 at 5:10 am

    Why tf don't pharmacists understand that people have constant agony going on inside their heads, and their well being is determined by your level of inconvenience and patience

  • Reply LippyLash Love April 25, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    Omg. Same. Every 30 days having to go through this with anxiety meds, my pain meds, etc. I cried watching this because it felt so real.

  • Reply Jeannie Keshane April 26, 2018 at 2:13 pm


  • Reply Kami Sammy April 26, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    They act like having anxiety is a forbidden thing. Literally everyone basically has anxiety. They get nerve over a test? Self Diagnosis of Anxiety.

  • Reply ellie k. April 28, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    literally me except weed used to give me anxiety and it doesn't anymore

  • Reply Tom R May 1, 2018 at 3:32 am

    Wow okay this is exactly true. The only part I would've added is your pharmacist treating you like a criminal, making you explain to them why you're getting this medication (like no, my doctor is the one qualified to decide what medications I should and shouldn't take, that's why they wrote the damn prescription), and then being taken aside in front of a line of people so the pharmacy you go to every month can scan your drivers license and write down all information possible just for the inevitable police investigation. This whole process really helps me move beyond the stigma of having a mental health problem.

  • Reply Ramen Noodle May 8, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    I just got off meds a month ago, and my panic attacks are worse, but I’m not a zombie anymore.

  • Reply Anita Boddie May 20, 2018 at 2:15 am

    Been there done that. I have 3 autoimmune diseases, thoracic outlet syndrome, patella femoral pain syndrome, high blood pressure, thyroid problems. I am on 6 meds and may be put on more. To get refills under my state laws, I can only request refills three days before they are due and it can take almost 2 weeks to get them authorised. I am tired of lawmakers playing doctor.

  • Reply Sarah B May 20, 2018 at 3:50 am

    This is unfortunately very relatable.

  • Reply Karla Jean May 22, 2018 at 2:01 am

    Story of my life….

  • Reply kelsey backus May 24, 2018 at 2:16 am

    I hate dealing with medications. I go through this crap every time i need a refill on one of my meds. It really sucks

  • Reply Døbby!The PhanElf May 25, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    Is that what a proper panic attack looks like? I've been questioning if I get panic attacks for a while but I don't properly hyperventilate or show anything on the outside. I get shakiness, sweaty palms, dry mouth, palpitations, sore stomach, some difficulty breathing, hot and cold flushes, my throat feels like it closes up and I end up feeling really weak, but is that just me feeling anxious in general?

  • Reply purplecatlover1825 randompizza May 30, 2018 at 2:52 am

    I might need meds but I haven't had them for ADHD

  • Reply Peter Diaz June 4, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    Been there with my antidepressants

  • Reply 3-Face Official Channel June 6, 2018 at 2:05 am

    Relatable (I have anxiety too )

  • Reply avacado June 12, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    Just give your anxiety a pepsi

  • Reply Ali Michael June 13, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    My doctor just gives me refills for a year so I don’t have to go in the the doctors office every time I need a refill but, then again I’ve been on it for 4 years so they know that everything is fine

  • Reply Ender_Piggy June 17, 2018 at 6:55 am

    For the past 3/4 years I've had to get daily injections for my growth, but the company supplying it was comeing up with all these reasons NOT to send this treatment that I NEED! Do you have any idea how bad a withdrawl of an injection medication is to start it again?! ALL the pain comes back! I missed months at a time!

  • Reply Lionel Kitty June 18, 2018 at 3:26 pm


  • Reply Reece Prouty June 19, 2018 at 4:56 am

    When my doctor (key word) Thought I had ADHD after having NO tests done I was on this medication for it and then 4 YEARS after my body basically became dependent on it, my doctor said I didn't have it and then I had really bad withdrawal symptoms from it. Thanks doc

  • Reply Anna Mermaid June 20, 2018 at 3:36 am

    You make it seem like drugs with all the jump cuts

  • Reply Vero Pexi Mar June 22, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    How does she swallow the pills without water???

  • Reply m a g d a l e n a June 28, 2018 at 1:56 am

    That ending broke my heart

  • Reply Ethan Boyd June 29, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    Even watching that gave me anxiety!

  • Reply Rachel Blackwell July 4, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    Or you could do what I do and end up staying home, afraid to go out, every single day. That is the only way I know nothing will ever hurt me. Being a shell of a person and having your life fall apart while you become suicidally depressed is a small side effect. I’m kidding. Actually not really. But yay, you doctors carry on playing God with our scripts. 😒😝

  • Reply arkchanger July 4, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    Having anxiety cant be good for the heart check how she lose her sht and her heart starts pounding.

  • Reply Alley COOPER July 10, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    I use to take aniexty meds. I stop taking them but I found another way to help my aniexty.

  • Reply Cristina Matthews July 17, 2018 at 5:15 am

    I can so relate to this video but I have an amazing pharmacy who delivers my meds to my house, calls my drs to get a refill if i forget to get one, they automatically fill my meds every month before i even call, and best of all if i happen to not have my copay that day they still give me my medicine and they just credit my about and I pay when i can or when they send a bill. I freaking love my pharmacy and i am so greatful for them. I dont go through the hassle of this anymore.

  • Reply Tanay Albuquerque August 6, 2018 at 9:57 am

    This is good. Make more of this

  • Reply Dogs And songs August 6, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    Thank god my mom still fixes my pills

  • Reply mel saint August 6, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    You don't need a prescription drug! All you need is a DILDO!

  • Reply mel saint August 6, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    You look Russian

  • Reply Shannon Walker August 8, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    I do this every month with my meds. I am currently getting wiened off of them and i am hoping cbd oil will help me stay off of them. I suffer with chronic migraine and back pain.

  • Reply Laura August 18, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    It’s horrible because anxiety causes so many other problems like panic attacks even seizures and more (I’ve had all).. also insomnia that I’ve had since I was a child.. and for whoever asked what people did before medicine .. I’m guessing either became alcoholics, took illegal drugs or legal for the time, smoked pot .. or killed themselves .. who knows

  • Reply Grey ashes August 20, 2018 at 8:24 am

    me Me ME!

  • Reply Glass Hope August 20, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    I completely get this people keep trying to put me on new ones or Chang the amount but it makes things so much worse

  • Reply B Lewis August 20, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    Exactly! I go through this so often. It’s good to have a video demonstrating the frustration of treating mental illness. Thank you. 👍🏻

  • Reply Cori Turner September 4, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    Omg story of my life

  • Reply Planning In The Deep September 15, 2018 at 4:35 am

    Me… every month. Then I think the doctor thinks I’m seeking. It’s a Monthly battle

  • Reply Door Mayhew September 19, 2018 at 3:42 am

    Oh God. The panic attack and the counting to try to get it under control. SO familiar.

  • Reply Meagan Wallwork September 26, 2018 at 12:49 am

    I can definitely relate as all drugs for ADHD are restricted substances.

  • Reply bluerosegurl October 13, 2018 at 2:52 am

    OMGAAAW MY LIIIIIFE!!!!!! So glad I'm not alone on this!

  • Reply Nana Finn October 20, 2018 at 12:10 am

    Omg i can relate to this very well😭😭😭😭

  • Reply Lyric Venom October 22, 2018 at 6:05 am

    I used to have THE WORST anxiety attacks.
    I hate anxiety….

  • Reply D Gallari October 25, 2018 at 1:05 am

    Lol the bottle at 0:10 states "amphetamine salts 5mg", which definitely isn't an anxiety drug. Being without it may cause a reduction in focus, motivation, and some minor irritability, but it won't cause you to break down and have a panic attack.

  • Reply Samantha Renee November 1, 2018 at 1:39 am

    Also waiting for ur insurance to authorize that your prescription is hell. It's basically your insurance saying "we're gonna have 2 think about it first." And of course it takes at least 2 weeks 4 them 2 make up their minds and by then u are a zombie in lots of pain and so extremely sick from the withdrawls.

  • Reply witch_with _a_dick November 12, 2018 at 6:53 am

    I feel you. I feel you at an unspeakable levels.

  • Reply Ali Superstar November 15, 2018 at 12:31 am

    Too bad I’m Canadian 😂😂😂

  • Reply Don Dressel November 18, 2018 at 5:02 am

    Anxiety the word describing the world of today

  • Reply Jenn Stephenson November 19, 2018 at 11:27 pm

    At least your doctor will give you anti anxiety meds! Mine won’t.

  • Reply Alysta B November 20, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    in ok

  • Reply Roger Holland November 21, 2018 at 5:28 am

    I just watched a video of what it can be like to go to the pharmacy. Maybe in the beginning your a high stress person and life has gotten the best of you. Now you have double trouble, you can't push your way into the doctor. Plan ahead to start, now your meds have gotten a hold of you and your in a panic ! Now on top of it all you don't feel good, the pharmacist knows it and and of all people should understand. Unfortunately in today's world there's there is little to no compassion. You can't just stop your meds. Most people really don't understand. See your doctor and talk to him ! I feel your pain !

  • Reply Annie BornAgain November 23, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    I have to take a of meds everyday but i also know they run out every 28days now i'm from the UK so i think it's different because if we're given medication on a regular basis we have a repeat script drop it into our doctor surger 48/72 hours before needed then collect go to chemist and collect , you can even have your script sent to the chemist every 28days and be waitin for you or even sent to your home address. i'm in wales so we get free medication across the board never mind what is your finianical situation (which i thank heavens for otherwise i'd be screwed) right now i'm on a cocktail of 3 meds/6tablets twice a day to try and kill a bug in my stomach lining it cost over a £1000 and normally take 2/3 rounds to cure…
    my mam has depression/anxiety for years and been on medication but once again we make sure the script is in or appointment booked..i will say though i hate going to the chemist not because they are mean or horrible they are honestly great and really friendly but i was there when someone tried to fill a painpill script for 200tablets when it should have read 20tablets (they'd altered it..but in the uk no scipt is written it's always printed then signed) so i was sat there when they were being told no with the chemist giving me the eye saying "your's will be ready this afternoon" whilst gesturing his head for me to leave the store as he got the workers because the till because at that moment they people trying to fill the fake script started talking about guns and knowing people….i went outside shock like a leaf and sat in the car untill the police came to speak to them, then the chemist knocked on the window for me to go back in to collect my meds… one of the scariest things ever to happen

  • Reply Norm Rayos November 24, 2018 at 1:49 am

    Sick and tired of being sick and tired

  • Reply Javier Anguiano December 15, 2018 at 12:25 am

    So what's this girl being treated for?????

  • Reply SaladSplash January 10, 2019 at 12:14 am

    Hey, so I know I sound like I’m screaming for attention which is why I’m not naming them, but I have many things wrong with my mind, anxiety being one of them. It sucks, I just wanna be normal

  • Reply Yash Gaikwad January 29, 2019 at 8:18 am

    Good, but shown in more lighter tone.

  • Reply Erika February 11, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    I understand completely. I have my doctor's appointment tomorrow and I will be going through the same thing at the pharmacy. I already expect the pharmacy to tell me that they will have to order my long acting pain medication. I have been a chronic pain patient since the mid 1990's, e.g. Endometriosis, Interstitial Cystitis, M.S., Syringomelia. Fun times.

  • Reply ladymirth March 9, 2019 at 6:08 am

    You forgot the:

    – new and exciting range of side effects you have to contend with on the new drug (assuming it works) that makes you look like a flake at work/classes

    – having to cancel your doc/therapist appt because you're too anxious/sick (with side effects prolly) to get out of bed

    – stopping the new drug because you've had enough of this bs and irresponsible life choices are your jam

    – WITHDRAWAL HELL from that

    – finally going to the doc and being scolded for not sticking it out

    – CONSTANTLY being told by your parents, grandparents, relatives, friends, strangers, passing sea gulls that you're putting poison in your body and should instead try holistic medicine/will power/Jesus

    – Every other sick person: "meditation really helped me!" Well bully for you, Susan

  • Reply Ilovecats 88 March 20, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    Today in gym I fucked up and the teacher yelled at me and I screamed at him to stop yelling and ran out, what they don't know is that I have really bad anxiety and I don't cope well with minuscule things

  • Reply Hindu Suresh April 20, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    this needs to go viral so that people can understand the issue because that is not okay.

    i now have a total different respect for people with anxiety.

  • Reply Mark Rodriguez April 27, 2019 at 11:01 pm


  • Reply herkimer frogg April 28, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    i have been treated for mental illness for a long time with medication,which has kept me healthy and out of the psych ward but over the past few months i have been traumatized by uncaring pharmacists either shaming me by accusing me of being an addict or refusing to fill my medications. i recently switched pharmacies because of this but the new pharmacy is even worse. i am forced to go for at least a week out of every month without medication which quickly makes me ill. i don't know where to turn for help. my doctor is aware of the situation but seems to be unable to help. i have no where to turn. i really am considering discontinuing my psychiatric care

  • Reply Connor Baker April 29, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    Love the promotion of pharmaceuticals. I am so proud to be a human.

  • Reply tanya brooks May 10, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    I totally get this omg !

  • Reply yoa yoa May 15, 2019 at 2:46 am

    this is really accurate i can feel this in my thru my skin i'm feel attacked

  • Reply marisol_ lopez123 June 5, 2019 at 6:40 am

    Ik how you feel I take meds for aniexty/depression I have horrible social aniexty so I have to have my mom get my refills bc I'm to anxious to go into public 😱😱😱😱😱

  • Reply Guera June 25, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    i never really understood anxiety, depression and other illnesses until i started watching buzzfeed/as is videos, that's when i finally understood that a lot of ppl go thru these, i was very ignorant and thought that only weak ppl suffer this! been mexican, we never talk about this illnesses! I've learned so much, thanks to this videos

  • Reply Ela Owczarczyk July 11, 2019 at 12:08 am

    $600 for a refill? That’s ridiculous. I only paid $7 for mine and it wasn’t a generic brand and I live in Canada

  • Reply THANATOS FANATICOS July 16, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    Just fill it. And fill it right. Make it Teva. Or don't. Dont want to eat impotent meds all month because we both cant get right.

  • Reply xxxxSOSEXYxxxx July 19, 2019 at 7:48 am

    And this is why I either ask for refills or I’m on my doctors ass like 4 days beforehand because they don’t care if they’re late. It won’t affect them. I’ll be the one to suffer so I’m making sure I get what I need no matter how much judgement you pass at me.

  • Reply Bitchtheman August 12, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Damn you babara

  • Reply Lizzie Bowen August 18, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    I’m ftm and dropped my last vial of testosterone on the ground. I’m already like two weeks late on the shot and my pharmacy won’t fill it back up since it’s a controlled substance. I’m freaking out and dyshphoric and no one seems to want to help

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