Quick Answer: Do Prescription Refills Expire?

As long as you have refills remaining on a prescription, you can continue to get that prescription refilled until it expires.

Once a prescription has no refills remaining or has expired, it must be renewed.

Many prescriptions expire after one year; however, the expiration timeframes for specific prescriptions can vary.

How long are refills on prescriptions good for?

18 months

Do prescriptions expire?

Did your prescription expire? If the original prescription period was longer than one year, the pharmacist cannot renew the prescription for a period exceeding one year. Pharmacists cannot extend prescriptions for certain medications. Talk to your pharmacist for more information.

How many refills can a doctor prescribe?

Refills. Schedules III and IV controlled substances may be refilled if authorized on the prescription. However, the prescription may only be refilled up to five times within six months after the date of issue. After five refills or after six months, whichever occurs first, a new prescription is required.

How can I get more refills on my prescription?

There are several ways to refill your prescription:

  • In person. Go to the pharmacy where you originally filled your prescription, request a refill, and either wait for it or come back to pick it later.
  • By phone. Use the pharmacy’s phone number listed on your medicine label to call in your refill.
  • Online.
  • By mail.