I finally got my cheapo doc to give me an Ativan script. I would up having a major anxiety attack to get him to do it. And he still didn't give me many, he gave me 15 of the 2 mg tabs. I told him I only wanted 1 mg tabs because I usually take 0.5 mg at a time. But now he says he has this weird thing with numbers. Her says he only writes benzos for 15 pills. (btw, last time he used that line he said 30 pills) So I could have 15 of the 2 mg or 1 mg. So I took the 2 mg, but it would have been easier for me to get the 1 mg. I almost think he's playing games with me. Like if I would have said the 1 mg tabs then maybe he would have given me 30 anyway. I don't get this. He's not brain dead, even a grade school kid can figure out the 15 o9f the 2 mg tabs equals 30 on the 1 mg tabs. So I just don't understand his reasoning. When he does this toe he causes an anxiety attack so as soon as I got home I filled the script. I always ask which brand they have with benzos because I have gotten some that really didn't work well, but that was before I learned to concern myself with brands. In the past 6 months they have always had Mylan Ativan and Mylan is the brand I think works best. But they didn't have Mylan this time. They had something I never tried, Actavis. I reluctantly agreed because at that point I felt like I was dying for 1. But I should have insisted the pharmacy order me the Mylan brand. Either that or I should have gone to other pharmacies. I am very unhappy with these Actavis. I almost feel like they don't work at all.
Has anyone here taken Actavis Ativan and would you give me an opinion please? I realize we're all different. I was on a different board once and some man was unhappy because he got Mylan Xanax. He thought Mylan made the worst Xanax there is. Meanwhile I think Mylan makes the best benzos there are regardless of which one. So I wonder what I'm going to hear about Actavis Ativan?
Thor, I'm really sorry to say this, but when people lie, they forget what they said. When they are telling the truth, the obviously remember what they said. Being that your doctor conveniently forgot that he said 30 pills last time, and now is saying 15 benzo's this time, I have to say that he is doing anything he can to get rid of you. (No offense to you, doctors don't like 'problem' patients). I have been to a doctor like this before, until he finally FIRED me, which really put me in a bind as PM doctors want to know why you are kicked out of a practice. they don't understand that the previous doctor just didn't want to deal with you anymore. Therefore, you have to leave him before he leaves YOU. Besides, he obviously is NOT meeting your needs. Isn't that the purpose of a doctor, to heal, not cause more anxiety??
I feel really bad for you in that regard, but i implore you to please start looking for another doctor. Next time you see him, he will tell you that he has made a new policy not to give benzo's to pain patients. I had a PM doctor like that also. I realize that these "humans" do not come a dime a dozen, but at one point I was having to drive two hours EACH TIME to get to a doctor!! My husband had to take off of work one day a month,, as I simply can't drive that far without falling asleep. (I have such bad pain, that I simply cannot sleep through the night, and if I get five good hours, I am thrilled!)
Please find another doctor. You might be pleasantly surprised at the results!
good luck Thor. I understand your hesitancy to switch doctors, and also to use supplements, but at this point in the game, does it matter what brand of 15 pills he is giving you for THREE MONTHS worth?? You need someone who cares about your welfare far better than that. Ellen
26 Nov 2011
Thor, It sounds like this doctor is trying to taper you down or just keep keep 15 on the books rather than 30 because it looks better. Have you tried cutting the pills in half or quarters to make them last longer? As far as brand goes everyone reacts differently to each buffer that is put in a particular brand..at this point I do not think the doctor will refill your medication so you will have to make due with what you have and try to keep positive thoughts. Anything is better than nothing. Right? Try taking half a pill and use breathing techniques. In the mean time it may be best to start to look for a new doctor. It sounds as if this doctor is not going to be a big help.
26 Nov 2011
Hi Thor, you must have missed my answer to your reply last night, about using CVS for a pahrmacy. They really will order what brand you need or want of most of your meds. I too believe they work differently. I kind of figured it was always do to my allergies to some of the fillers or something, but with xanax esepecailly, I find the purepac the only brand that actually woks. Now like I said before, you have to give them notice before a refill, or another thing you can do is request they order the brand you have to have, & just have enough of the other brand from you prescription filled say 4 days worth or whatever the pharmatist tells you it will take to order the brand you want. You may have to put up with the other for a few days. You do never have to have the whole prescription filled at one time. You can usually request a certain # of days or weeks etc... A thought to keep in mind for next time.
I say this with my own states rules which I find are more FDA laws not state laws concerning all of this.One other subjuect I'd like to touch one is I totally believe we have to be proactive in our health care or someone is going to accidently kill us one of these days, but there is a fine line betwwn being proactive & having an actual anxiety attack to prove you need a certain prescription!I have found over the years if you let your doctor think or lead him into thinking he knows more & best, in a round about way you get your way better. I'm not sure if it makes them feel smater or what, but it seems to work better if you don't go in stating you have to have this or that or yo'll just die or something! Makes one look like they are already addicted to something, & with some of these docs you never know. They may have had a patient OD on the certain drug you are seeking. That would generally tend to make them hesitant to prescribe it to someone else. Just some more food for thought my friend, as usual I wish you the best...
26 Nov 2011
Thor, So sorry to hear about you're doc difficulties, was he/she American or other. I have found that makes a big difference at the most inopportune times... I think it might be cultural or mathematical. Anyway, I have Actavis Ativan 1 mg tabs. Seem to be okay with me, but u and I know, everyone is different. I feel for you honey, seems like my panic attacks are in full blossom now. Why? Dunno. Ain't life grand, and all we want is to be happy. And, as I weave my way through the narcotic maze, I find I need more info on onset of action and duration of Fentanyl patched... wtf? Best wishes Thor, God knows we need all the help and support we can get. Peace out,
28 Nov 2016
I don't know why your post says 2011, it's now 11/28/16, and this has happened to me today. Watson is the first to show lorazepam, then qualitest, then Mylan. I had to go to Activis, which is now Sandoz... it was like taking an aspirin, didn't work at all. I've been on the Qualitest brand for years and sometimes is so strong have to break in half. I've taken 1 mg twice a day for 10 years and had a fit this month and called 10 pharmacies before finding the qualitest brand so changing pharmacies. Everyone I called said nothing will happen until enough people call Activis/Sandoz to complain...
21 Aug 2018
Hi Thor... I wanted to let you know that I have been on almost all the major generic lorazepams. Sandoz I found to be the best for me with exceotion of the insomnia I suffered due to it. It was quick and effective with very little side effects. However, I learned this morning from Sandoz that they are discontinuing their lorazepam. I asked why but they didn't answer that.
So I now take 2mg Actavis Watson lorazepam and adjusting. It's a little more sedating and doesn't address anxiety completely... but it does calm. Actavis took over Watson 2017. I just learned that. I hope you are able to a good generic lorazepam. Mylan is a heavy sedator. So if you need sleep and anxiety relief its good. But be prepared to sleep heavily. I would take it as I have insomnia. It's good sleep and good eating and anxiety is reduced but thats it. Take care.
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