A doctor uses his Rx pad to prescribe something other than a medical treatment.
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- Dr. Cox: I'm gonna go ahead and write you a prescription for two testicles; and you feel free to get this filled out whenever you want.
— Scrubs, "My Déjà vu, My Déjà vu"
- It can be used to prescribe treatments beside drugs (for example, if a prescription is needed for a pair of crutches to be covered by insurance). This is unusual, but is Truth in Television.
- Something random (whether it can actually help the patient in some way or not) is prescribed; often Played for Laughs.
- What About Bob?. Bob hunts down his psychiatrist Dr. Leo Marvin, who's on vacation in New Hampshire. Dr. Marvin makes Bob promise to go home, then writes Bob a prescription advising Bob to "Take a vacation... from your problems". This backfires, because it inspires Bob to take his vacation right there in New Hampshire, and he becomes The Thing That Would Not Leave in the Marvin household.
- In Chapter 1 of Three Men in a Boat, J. tells of going to his doctor after having convinced himself that he has every disease known to mankind (except housemaid's knee). His doctor gives him one of these.
- In the book Ramona Forever, a doctor diagnoses Ramona with "siblingitis" (that is, jealousy over the attention her parents are giving her newborn sister) and hands her father a prescription for more attention.
- Multiple times on Scrubs, usually by Dr. Cox (although Turk once wrote Carla a prescription for himself, suggesting she "apply him to a sensitive area").
- House, M.D.:
- House offers to write a woman a prescription for a wet cloth after she'd brought her son into the clinic for "rashes" (it was red dye).
- Another episode has House filling a prescription bottle with candies in order to get an annoying patient without a real problem to leave. Later, the patient comes back and asks for a refill because it worked so well.
- In the episode "Damned If You Do", House gives a mall Santa a prescription for cigarettes as a treatment for inflammatory bowel disease.
- In the Monty Python's Flying Circus episode "The Cycling Tour" Mr Pither goes to a doctor to ask for directions to Iddesleigh. "Normally I would have asked a policeman or a minister of the Church, but finding no one available, I thought it better to consult a man with some professional qualifications, rather than rely on the possibly confused testimony of a passer-by." The doctor writes something down and tells Mr Pither to take it to a chemist (pharmacy in the US). The next shot is a chemist looking at the paper and giving Mr Pither the directions.
- In Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Wolf In The Fold", Doctor McCoy had Scotty visit a club with a bellydancer saying it was prescription. In the films, Bones drinks Romulan Ale for "medicinal purposes".
- Saturday Night Live: Christopher Walken has a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell.
- One mystery magazine story has a doctor kidnapped by a sick/wounded criminal. He writes out a prescription with a lot of Latin words, which a fellow criminal takes to the pharmacy. It's a basic painkiller plus "call the cops, I'm being held at this location."
- Dave Seville of Alvin and the Chipmunks fame had a 1958 song titled "Witch Doctor", in which the Doctor "prescribes" Ooh Eeh Ooh Ah Aah Ting Tang Walla Walla Bing Bang.
- In the Harry Nilsson song "Coconut" a woman puts lime in the coconut and drinks them both up, and gets a bellyache. She calls her doctor (wakes him up) and the doctor prescribes... lime in the coconut, drink them both together. Then she'll feel better.
- Super Smash Bros.: "Dr. Mario is in the house! His prescription? KOs!"
- In Daisy Owl Steve is prescribed a dose of "don't die".
- In strip 196 of Sexy Losers, a doctor prescribes a destitude woman oral sex... not to cure her depression, but to pay for the actual therapy.
- In King of the Hill, during marriage counselling, the councilor prescribes Hank and Peggy a motorcycle, because they had been planning on buying a pair of motorcycles and riding around the country together.
- The Simpsons: In a Treehouse of Horror episode when Maggie starts growing tentacles they take her to see Dr. Hibbert.
Homer: Is there anything you can prescribe, doctor?Dr. Hibbert: Fire! And lots of it!
- Around 2000, a doctor in the Orkney Isles prescribed tubs of marinaded herring rather than drugs as a heart disease treatment.
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