I have a concern about telling my doctor that I know that this medication works for me. I was diagnosed with gad and social anxiety about 7 years ago and I went through a lot of stuff to get to where i am now I was prescribed an anti depressant on top of a month of clonazepam/ Klonopin and my panic attacks and anxiety went away. So my new doctor was recently told by me that I had anxiety and i told him it was social anxiety so he started me on a prescription of 20mg Cipralex, I then found it made my "social anxiety worse" and it made me sleep in a lot because I couldn't fall asleep at night from it. I've tried clonazepam since to see if it would work (Of Course with someones advisory) recently and it worked like no other thing in my life.I've tried other benzodiazepines and this is the only one that works for me. So my question is how do i tell my doctor this?
Just be honest, tell him/her the medicine isn't working and long you've suffered with your conditions that you've tried everything and it seems Klonopin is only thing works. If this Dr is your PCP or regular have refer you to a psychiatrist or check with your ins carrier and they can get you a referral as well
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When I wanted to be prescribed a benzodiazepine for anxiety, as I was literally claws-in-the-wall anxious (honestly, if I could crawl out of my skin, I would), I printed up a list of anti-anxiety medications, and next to each one, I wrote a note indicating "tried, did not work," "worked, but only in high doses," etc. There were a few antidepressants on there and yes, I had tried them already, so you may need to go through some trial and error, but why jump right to Clonazepam if there is actually a chance that another medication might work for you (that's the end game anyway, right?) So on my chart of some 15 medications, I was left with about 5 that I hadn't tried, and next to Clonazepam, you could write "worked GREAT." I'm going to sound judgy, and I'm sorry for this, but I think it sucks that you took someone's medication prescribed to them by another Doctor. First, it's breaking a Federal law, second, it's dangerous to your life. I think you value your life, so ... Anyway, you don't have to say when or where you tried the Clonazepam, only that you had tried it in the past, and it worked great. I'm telling you right now, if you say 'my friend gave me one of her pills and it worked great, can you give me a prescription?' the Doctor might even show you the door, so you're in a tricky situation and need to tread carefully (I think you already know that, by posting the question). Best of luck to you! :0)
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