Can I Get a Prescription Without Seeing a Doctor?

Spencer Lee
Spencer Lee15 Sep 2021
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To receive any prescription, you will need to see a medical provider; however, this does not necessarily have to be a doctor. There are several options from which you can seek a prescription besides doctors. Such medical practitioners include nurse practitioners, dentists, optometrists, and many more. To avoid the hassle of seeking care in person, it may be possible to receive a prescription over a telehealth visit. 

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You should never seek to obtain prescriptions from people outside of the medical profession. This is both dangerous and illegal.

Getting a Prescription Without Seeing a Doctor

If you need a prescription, you will have to consult with a doctor or healthcare provider to obtain the medication. 

Read more below to learn about the differences between over-the-counter medications, prescription drugs, as well as who is authorized to prescribe medication. 

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Spencer Lee

Spencer is a Public Health & Biology undergraduate student at New York University.

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