I ask b/c I have high anxiety issues almost agoraphobic at times. Xanax is the only drug I have found to help, Buspar made me suicidal, and I can go on about others. I am 27 and my Dr. will not prescribe what I ask for which is Xanax 1mg 3X a day. I have to get them on the black market to function in society. I know that they are addictive, but I also have a family to provide for. Should your Dr. give you what you ask for even when she has exhausted all others anti-anxiety meds? I mean Is the Customer always right especially when it is your body?
No, and it's because more times then not, when patients ask for a specific med it's a red flag for abuse (which you prove true by getting them illegally and making it even harder for yourself and the rest of us to get what we need. You will find very few Drs (if any) that will just say "Oh you want that drug? Sure! Her ya go!" Gimme a break. Find a new Dr and don't make the same mistake, maybe you'll get lucky. Hope this helps.
I would love to tell you yes, however these days the DEA is always right. Doctors are under major scrutiny when they prescribe any narcotic and can be penalized with some harsh punishments if the government so chooses. I would try to see a psych for the anxiety, you may have better luck with a specialist. You have very valid reasons for needing your anxiety taken care of and for having xanax. The DEA is forcing more and more of us to the streets, so instead of solving the drug problem they are creating a bigger market for it.
I know what you mean. Doctors don't want to chance in losing their license. My doctors won't prescribe me any narcocets just Tramadol, which I'm happy with, but there are times (like right now) I need a stronger painkiller.
Asking for a specific drug it is a red flag. Even though you may need it or not the refuse not to. It's frustrating I have been there. Give it time. Find another doctor. I'm on Ativan for the anxiety a long with Lamictal, Risperdal. I'm pleased I have the anxiety under control.
In this case your doctor is doing the right thing. Xanax is a drug that is incredibly addictive and very hard to get off of. It is intended for very short periods of time. You are a good example - you are hooked on it. I know how it is to live with panic attacks and anxiety - I lived with it, severe, for 5 years or so. Turned out it was caused by the cocktail of psych meds I was being prescribed. My family practice doctor then prescribed ever-increasing amounts of Xanax for 18 months. This is when xanax first came out. I went through hell for 6 months coming off it, so I know what I am talking about. Are you in therapy? There are cognitive exercises that can help your brain settle down some. There are also herbal and homeopathic remedies that can help, and not leave you hooked. By going out to buy Xanax, and changing your dose frequently, your brain and body are likely a mess. It will be difficult, but not impossible, to wean off the Xanax without professional help.
You need to wean off the Xanax, and once your body/brain is free of it then other meds, along with therapy, can very well help. As long as you are on the Xanax, and especially if you are not on a steady dose, you are sabotaging any other meds/actions from being able to help you. Sorry for not giving you the answer you want. There is a big difference from a doctor taking you seriously and a doctor that is doing the best by you. Regards - ElizaJane
Everyone has valid points here and sometimes that is hard to hear. What has your dr suggested you to take? There are other meds out there that can also help you with your anxiety. Sometime the dr will want to try different meds for your benefit. If it doesn't work then at that point he may put u back on the xanex.
My doctor gave me xanex at first as well to help me with the aniexty however my very next visit I told him I was doing so much better and he took me off that and put me on the klonopin which works even better for me.
Fin hope this helps
Hi Hollyhock -
Medicine doesn't work like customer service when you want what you want. And, here the Doctor is going to be right... just because this works for you, have you told the doctor how you got them to know how it works??? Probably not, right? Okay, getting them on the sly you actually don't even know what you are getting so there goes that theory.
I believe you should be seeing a psychiatrist to get them and to ensure that what is prescribed is actually what you are getting and taking. You said you have a family to provide for. Then please do the right thing by your family and start taking charge of your life. You should be seeing a doctor who is more able to determine what would work best for you and not the other way around. You will find that approach in a doctor's office a very unfriendly one. I trusted my psychiatrist and he always did the right thing by me... Going into a doctor's office and telling them what you need is like a red flag and might get you labeled as uncooperative with drug seeking behavior to boot.
I hope this helps some and points you in a direction where you might actually have a chance at getting the help you want and need.
i feel your pain friend. however when you say "the customer is always right" that does not apply in the world of medicine. thats why these guys went to med school was so they can prescribe medicine. i ALSO,cannot function without xanax although i am prescribed it. i have been on valium,ativan,klonopin,and finally xanax before it started working when taken with 20mgs of prozac.
my advice is maybe suggest a different medicine like klonopin. if that doesent work,find a different dr and tell him youve taken xanax in the past and it works for you. your age should not be a factor.
I can tell you that I definitely feel your pain. I am inclined to agree with you that your doctor should prescribe what helps you and not what they want to experiment with. I do best with Ativan (Lorazepam), but my doctor feels that Klonopin (clonazepam) is best. I have severe anxiety attacks so I have to overlap doses in order to get the most benefit. I pray for you because I know how you must feel.
I hope you're having a great day. :0)
I mean this in the nicest way possible (but it's one of those moments where there is no nice way to say it, you know?)... 1mg of Xanax is a LOT of Xanax. When I was prescribed Xanax for occasional fits of anxiety, I was prescribed .25, so that's more in line with what an average physician would prescribe on an average day. My prescription WAS to take up to three of THOSE per day, which was to take 3/4 of a mg.
That's scratching the surface of what you need. So if you were to go in and say what you really need, and you were to say that you needed that much, it's a huge red flag that you're an addict or you've been getting it on the black market and building up a tolerance.
It's not good to get what you want on the black market because you don't know what you're actually getting in the substances you're taking. You mention having a family to provide for - so you have something to live for other than just yourself, and you need and want to be careful what you put in your body just for their sake.
The best thing you can do is develop a relationship with a new doctor - a trust relationship - one where they feel comfortable knowing that you are not going to abuse the medications they give you, and also one in which you make suggestions and ask questions and these questions or suggestions are actually taken seriously. I'm not going to lie to you - this usually takes about a year of them seeing you regularly because they get to where they know your face and you're "a regular" patient, and they trust having you around.
That's when you can talk about your anxiety issues being so bad that you feel your nails are in the ceiling. He or she might start out with the light stuff which would be the beta blockers and the blood pressure meds - blahblah - go along, come back a month later, it didn't do a thing for you (or maybe it did?)... then he or she may start moving towards the benzos, but not be quite there yet. Maybe they'll start by offering Buspar. You do not necessarily need to say that you were suicidal - you're trying to get the doctor to give you medicines that will affect your respiratory tract. People use benzos to commit suicide. One word of that, it's like SCREECH game over, start over, stage 1. Instead, you can say that you had a VERY strong depressive reaction and was told to never take it again.
The bottom line is, you aren't going to get a prescription for what you want. Not unless you've been working with the same doctor for a LONG time, they know your history, they have had you on lower doses of the same medication, and they have found it necessary to gradually increase your dosage over time.
A strong suggestion for you (don't get mad) is to try to take a little bit less every day or every third day so you can get to where you are in the range of .25 or .5 several times per day, which is a more reasonable prescription strength. You'll have titrated down, and have no trouble converting to the new prescription. YOU CAN DO THIS.
I wish you nothing but the best of luck, and believe in you 100%. :0)
This is not meant to be a funny response but in answering at what age should your Dr. start taking you seriously ?
My serious answer is ...
As soon as you pay them!
You should not have to put yourself at risk on the black market by being that desperate !
Find another doctor !
A psychiatrist would probably be the fastest with results because they do nothing but prescribe that category of meds.
Find anyone ! Anyone is better than what you are doing now.
He's failing you, my dear.
Don't tolerate that type of care ...
Not taking you seriously.
Even if you are not paying him, he's technically your doctor !
Start looking today so by Monday you have an office to call.
Good luck to you.
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