... well to it. he withdrew from the family. He told the doctor he did not want to be on it anymore, but the doctor did not want him to go off of it. Finally my son turned to us for assistance and i went in with him to his appt. the doctor was rude and intmidating. i encouraged my son to share his feelings directly so he told the doctor he did not want to be on zoloft anymore. the doctor, a psychiatrist, said "I am afraid that is not possible". A few days later my son's bp dropped really low and he got an er ride to the hospital where they flushed some of the med out of him. we fired the doctor and my son came off of the drug. he deals with anxiety with anxiety unmedicated by his own choice (he is 18) and he is more communicative with us - he says he is feeling better. He saw the doctor for anxiety oossible from being onadhd meds, This is my Question: Can zoloft be stated as a necessary drug? In all my years, I have never seen a doctor make someone take an antidepressant. He would not accept my son's refusal. Your thoughts are appreciated.
hello,first of all i am very sorry for the trouble you and your son have had with the dr. As a medical professional, that is dis. to hear. Your son was put in dangerous health due to a dr who wouldnt listen to his patient! Thats WRONG in all aspects. I pray he finds a great dr that can treat him properly.
i am a nurse and have been for 5 years. Internal Medicine, OB-GYN, E.N.T. etc.
You do not have to TAKE anything a dr prescribes. You can thank them for their opinion and decline ANY MEDICAL SERVICE/MEDICATION/TESTING etc! You have PATIENT RIGHTS refusing medication is def. one of those. He felt as a phsician that Zoloft was the treatment your son needed at the time. Doesn't mean the Dr is RIGHT. Dr's are people too, they make mistakes. Depression and Anxiety medications are 80% trial and error.
He should (as a dr) listened closely to the patient and tried something new. Sometimes you have to be JUST AS FIRM with a physician as they are with you. Trust me i've worked with 22 of them. MOST (not all) are very short spoken, and set in their ways. He has to find a physician/Dr/specialist that HE feels comfortable with.
as to answer your main question, NO. You do not ever have to do what a Dr tells you.
im so glad you fired him, he obv. was the wrong dr for your son.
god bless & good luck
Jenn is correct. Patients rights say you have a choice in ANY of your treatments and have the option to refuse anything!!! Unless a person is deemed incompetent (and then they usually have a family member power of medical attorney who makes their decisions) then they have a right to refuse. I am a nurse also and have been for 25 years!! This Dr is lucky he has never come up against me!!! He was waaaaayyyy out of line. I'm glad you are no longer letting him treat your son because that would have been one of the first things I would have told you to do!! Patients can refuse any treatment, drug, surgery etc. The Dr also has the right to tell you that if you do not follow his advice, he can no longer take care of you as a patient but you wouldnt want him to anyway and that usually only occurs in something life threatening and the person has to realize that refusing treatment is life threatening and your sons case was no where NEAR anything like this.
I'm also glad you reported him. I would go as far as to file a complaint with the State Board of Medical Examiners if I were you! Just think of how many patients he may have who have no one to step in like you did for your son. My young son was placed on Zoloft and he went into a severe manic like phase and we took him off right away!! As soon as I told his psychiatrist she agreed it was not the right medicine. She had warned me though that young people can become suicidal on drugs like Zoloft. In fact, there is a black box warning on antidepressants in young adults for suicide risk. It is good that you got your son off when you did. There are many other options for anxiety if your son decides he needs something. Dont let this one bad Dr put him off seeing a Dr-there are many very good ones out there. he just, unfortunately, got into contact with one of the bad ones. Just keep the lines of communication open with him. 18 is a very hard age for boys. they are under a lot of stress with graduation from high school and making decisions on what they want to do with their lives and of course, the girls are always in the back of their minds to torment them!! Most girls have no clue how fragile boys really are! I try to keep communication lines open with both of mine and they do talk to me. I'm sure your son feels much better since you gave a great show of support for him!! That is very important to young men-that their parents back up their decisions. All the best to you!
Thank you so much for the response. I could not believe what I was hearing and my hisband and I are glad I stepped in to advocate for my son. He was worse under this doctor's care who was abrupt and rude... I will file a complaint with the state on principal. My son is withdrawing from the drug now and having those brain zaps. He feels validated. He has adhd, so the med he is on for that triggers anxiety. He states he is open to trying another med over the summer. I wanted to ask this question because antidepressants go hand in hand with patient response and feelings. Some people feel the medication is needed and that is important. Others either do not or react badly to them. I questioned the part about making him take the drug... will have the state investigate.
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