quick facts about schedule IV drugs (C-IV drugs)

Source: U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

examples of schedule IV drugs (C-IV drugs)
generic namebrand namedrug class or drug categorygeneral use
alprazolamXanaxbenzodiazepine; antianxietyanxiety and panic disorder
armodafinilNuvigilwakefulness-promoting agentexcessive sleepiness; narcolepsy; shift work sleep disorder
butorphanolStadolnarcotic analgesicthis drug is used in the nose to relieve pain and headaches
carisoprodolSomamuscle relaxantmuscle pain; muscle injuries; muscle spasms
chlordiazepoxideLibriumbenzodiazepineanxiety; alcohol withdrawal
clobazamONFIbenzodiazepineused along with other medicines to treat seizures associated with LGS syndrome
clonazepamKlonopinbenzodiazepineto treat seizures and panic disorder; anxiety
diazepamValiumbenzodiazepineanxiety; agitation; seizures; muscle spasms
diethylpropionTenuateappetite suppressantobesity; to lose weight
eszopicloneLunestasedative hypnoticto induce sleep; to treat insomnia
lorazepamAtivanbenzodiazepine; antianxietyanxiety disorders
lorcaserinBelviqserotonin 2C receptor agonistfor chronic weight management in adults
modafinilProvigilwakefulness-promoting agentexcessive sleepiness; narcolepsy; shift work sleep disorder
phenobarbitalbarbiturate; anticonvulsant; sedativeto control seizures; to relieve anxiety and insomnia
phentermineAdipex Pappetite suppressantobesity; to lose weight
phentermine and topiramateQsymiaappetite suppressantfor chronic weight management in adults
temazepamRestorilbenzodiazepine; sedative hypnoticto induce sleep; to treat insomnia
triazolam (oral)Halcionbenzodiazepine; sedative hypnoticto induce sleep; to treat insomnia
zaleplonSonatasedative hypnoticto induce sleep; to treat insomnia
zolpidemAmbiensedative-hypnoticto induce sleep; to treat insomnia
Schedule IV same as C-IV
--- substances in this schedule have a low potential for abuse relative to substances in schedule III.

--- a prescription for a Schedule IV drug may not be filled or refilled more than six months after the date thereof or be refilled more than five times after the date of the prescription unless renewed by the practitioner.

--- prescriptions for Schedule IV controlled substances may be written, oral or transmitted by fax.

--- partial refills of Schedule IV controlled substance prescriptions are permissible under federal regulations provided that each partial filling is dispensed and recorded in the same manner as a refilling (i.e., date refilled, amount dispensed, initials of dispensing pharmacist, etc.), the total quantity dispensed in all partial fillings does not exceed the total quantity prescribed and no dispensing occurs after six months past the date of issue.

--- for C-IV drugs, the auxiliary label "Transfer Warning" is required.

--- labels for C-IV drugs must show the date of initial filling.

--- labels for C-IV drugs should contain the statement: "Caution: Federal law prohibits the transfer of this drug to any person other than the person for whom it was prescribed."

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