... until I get next refill on the 8th. I'm now older at 71 and my PCP put me on lorazepam for sleeping problems and anxiety when I was 61. I had been on it with no side effects for 10 years. I also have a rare type of angina called Prinzmetals. I was on meds for that and it controlled it for 10 years, then suddenly it stopped working in April of 2020. The Cardiologist put me on all kinds of different meds and none worked, except to my surprise the lorazepam worked for my angina. I got tolerant of the small dose I was on for the10 years and had to go up for it to keep controlling my angina. I reached a dose of 10 mgs when I decided to go to a Psychiatrist in 2021.They tapered me off in just a week! It was much too fast and I had a terrible time. I always read you had to go off of benzos very slow. After the week was up, she put me on .75mg of clonazepam and told me it was a very long lasting drug and that should solve my problem with tolerance. It worked great for 1 month and then stopped working. She allowed me to go up to 1mg but warned me she would not let me go any higher. I felt good for a couple of months and then that dose also stopped working. I asked her if I could go up another 0.125 which is very tiny and she refused. Here this long lasting benzo was supposed to help me with tolerance and it didn't help me at all! So unfortunately I was so desperate to get rid of the angina, I went to 2mg and it worked, although I'm very tired, but I'd rather be tired than suffer with angina that could cause a heart attack. So of course I'm now going to be out of clonazepam on Friday. I have an appointment with my PCP on Friday in hopes he will give me a few extra to tie me over, but he may no longer want to prescribe me just a few either. The government has come down so hard on schedule 4 drugs and others that doctors are too scared to prescribe them. I understand they can be dangerous especially if mixed with alcohol and other hard drugs, but to those who really need them to function, it is very cruel. Can't believe the Psychiatrist is just going to let a 71 year old woman go through a horrendous withdrawal and possibly die because she didn't want to give her a few extra to get her through until the next refill. I have found a new Psychiatrist but won't be able to see him until the 8th. So what should I do if my PCP refuses to give me a few pills so I won't go into withdrawal? Sorry this is so long, but I'm scared I'll have seizures or maybe even die going through withdrawal for 2 weeks. I also have an autoimmune thyroid condition as well that I take meds for. Thanks for listening, any advice on this would be so appreciated!
Clonazepam - I'm running out of clonazepam and my Dr. won't give me a few to tie me over for 14 days
Question posted by punagirl3 on 22 March 2022
Last updated on 27 March 2022
A psychiatrist is not going to prescribe medication to control your angina. They are going to prescribe medications specifically for mental health. Have you tried any other meds for angina or talked to your medical doctor or cardiologist about this? I know lorazepam is used for all kinds of conditions from anxiety to hiccups. Any benzodiazepine is hard to ween off especially when you have taken for a long time. If anything maybe try Valium or diazepam as it can be titrated up to 10mg if tolerated. If your angina is anxiety caused.. there may be options that are not controlled that could work better maybe with the benzodiazepine as a breakthrough treatment or last resort. That's where your doctors need to communicate. Maybe ditch the psychiatrist and stick with a cardiologist, endocrinologist, and your gp or medical doctor. Of course what do I know? I have spent 20 years in pharmacies and had my own experiences with some similar situations.
It doesn't sound like the psychiatrist has your best interest in mind, by just trying one strict treatment. Best of luck to you. There is always the ER if all else fails and you need medication for the angina. Tell them you're having chest pain and suffering from benzo withdraw.
I'm so very sorry to hear of the situation you are in. I had a psychiatrist yank me off of clonazepam after being on it for 5 years. I was 62 years old at the time she took me off and she had been prescribed it for my anxiety. It was not a pretty sight. She just took me off cold turkey telling me it causes Alzheimer's. Maybe, maybe not, but it's not a reason to do what she did. I reported her and a year later I was sent a letter saying what she did was ok for her to do.
My suggestion to you is to go to one of those emergency places, not an emergency room and see if the doctor there will prescribe a few to tide you over until your next doctors appointment.
Also, check with your cardiologist and see if he will prescribe it for you. Psychiatrist these days are scared to death to refill what THEY addicted you to.
Clonazepam is a wonderful drug when used appropriately, unfortunately, doctors and psychiatrist start you on it, gradually increase it and you're hooked on it. Then THEY DECIDE you no longer need it and without consulting your PCP or cardiologist they take it away from you. Some have enough sense to gradually taper you off of it, some don't. Those are the ones who should lose their license.
Having gone through cold turkey withdrawals, I strongly suggest you cut your pills in half, even though you need more, to get you through the next 2 weeks in case you are unable to get anymore until then. It will be way better than going without ANY for 2 WEEKS.
Be prepared for your PCP and/or your psychiatrist (if you have one) to be very hesitant to prescribe it for you anymore since you took it upon yourself to up your dosage and now need any early refill. I'm not judging you, just wanting you to be prepared for what you may be up against.
The DEA monitors doctors, especially psychologists very closely these days to make sure they are not over prescribing certain medications, particularly benzos.
The DEA has them so afraid of losing their license they don't care what the cost is to the patient as long as they don't loose their license and the DEA thinks they're God.
If your PCP and the new psychiatrist do give you more clonazepam make sure you take it exactly as directed. Doctors, psychiatrist, etc all talk to each other and everything that goes on, even their personal thoughts, go into your medical records and all of this is transferred to any new doctor you see when you sign the forms to release your records to them from your former doctors, etc.
Sorry to hear about your health concerns. Question, do you have faith in your psychiatrist's ability to do what is right and best for you? If not immediately filed a complaint to her/his superior. Second until you do find another psychiatrist, make an appointment with your medical doctor; to get what you need.
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