I had the problem with pain pills for two years. When I reached having to take 5 percocet 10 mgs at a time, i knew i had to do something. Way too much money being spent. I found a suboxone doctor and got set up. I have been on suboxone for 3 years and 4 months. I started on 3 suboxone 8 mg a day. So happy not to have withdrawals. I am now down to taking 1 - 8 mg a day. half in the morning, half in the afternoon. I was actually prescribed to take them 1 and half a day. So this time my script lasted longer. I had to reschedule my doctor appt 3 times because I kept getting called into work the day of my appt. I have a career job and im a single mom of two boys, so i did not want to risk losing my job. I didnt know my doctor had a problem with the rescheduling cuz he rescheduled me before. the third time though, he got mean. he wouldnt see me for a week and knowing i only had a half left, he would not call the pharmacy. He told me to go to the E.R. or buy some off the street. I took my last half yesturday morning and i already feel the withdrawal coming on. Im scared. The withdrawal from pills was bad, but i hear withdrawal from suboxone is worse. I dont know what I should do. I dont have insurance so i dont want to continue to throw money away. Should I find another doctor to finish my weening or should I just try to tough it out?? Im a wimp when it comes to feeling like crap. I have too many people depending on me right now, to lay in bed for weeks. HELP?? any good advice will be greatly appreciated, thanks
Doctor should not have told you to buy some off the street, that is basically unethical for him. You are going to have to find another doctor, or try to schedule at last minute. If you can report this doctor for telling you to buy some off the street, you might want to. That was highly unethical. Ask pharmacist for referral to nicer, more professional subs doctor.
What a terrible thing to do! I agree with Patti on the letter. But I wouldn't send it. Here is how I would handle this and it's only my opinion.
Dear Dr. So and So, 10/13/10
I have been a patient of yours for several years. I have always followed your directions, advice, cooperated fully with urine tests, and always kept my appointments. I appreciate the help you have given me over the years but am very disappointed about the recent turn of events.
Due to circumstances beyond my control, I needed to reschedule a few of my appointments. This did not seem to be a problem with you until this most recent rescheduling. I can not afford to go in to withdrawals as I will be too sick to work. As you know, 8mg per day is too high of a dose to discontinue so abruptly. However, I can not take your advice to "buy them off the streets" as this is illegal. This too would jeopardize my career.
Under the circumstances, I would appreciate if you would contact my pharmacy as soon as possible. I realize you are very busy but I need this medication refilled as soon as possible.
I apologize for any inconvenience.
your name (telephone #)
Date of birth
Pharmacy number and fax number
PS... I will also contact the pharmacy and have them fax you a request for this refill.
Then I would fax this letter directly to his office. It shows you are grateful yet desperate. It also documents (in writing) what he suggested you do (illegal) without sounding mad or threatening. But it will hint that you know what he told you was way off base, and not ethical at all!
Just a suggestion but I think it will work. I would make it look professional and fax it first thing in the morning.
I wish it works out well for you in whatever you decide to do.
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