Without my consent or any discussion at all the nurse at my DR's office randomly took me off .5 regular xanax and switched me to the time released XR. I didnt want to be on the XR and I had previously told her this. When I went to the pharmacy I noticed a significant price change and noticed my meds were different. Is this grounds to file a complaint against this nurse??
it depends if she totally took it upon herself to do this or if the doctor is switching over patients to it because the ir version is more abusable. I was on the ir version and asked to be switched to the xr and it is much more money 14 2mg xr was $49.00 if I didnt have insurance where 60 2mg ir was $19. I have been on it for one month and finally my body is starting to get accustomed to it. I have no panic attacks but funny i was able to lower my dose because of the longer half life but my brain still wanted that 2mg ir every 4-6 hours. My doctor said it was just readjusting to it. they are now making a version that has an immediate release with sustained release in it also. The xr version is almost impossible to make it into a ir version because of the wax matrix polymer that binds the pill. People have crushed,boiled,used acids and vinegar to dissolve to get the immediate results of the alprazolam and cant do it yet so alot of doctors are switching because the pharmecetical companies are marketing it that way. Upjohn had to make a newer version the patent on it has been up for years and the push for the ssri were startting to dominate the market for panic and anxiety and boom they come out with xanax xr and they own greenstone which makes alprazolam er. I liked the ir a little better it seem to give me a little more energy and just seem to work or make me more calmer, but i have no panic attacks anymore. The cost stinks and you should tell them that, I am curious have you tried the xr and what do you think. Thanks.Oh and if the nurse did do it on her own I would make her pay for your prescription and report her because she is playing doctor.
talk to your doc and find out who changed it and tell him you will not take the XR (if you already bought the med, unfortunatly it's against the law to return the medication). The XR may be more beneficial if you take the xanax daily but its much harder to come off of since you cant break open the capsule (xanax as a whole i dont like and if you are taking this daily and havnt tried something with a longer half-life like klonopin [valium if you dont want to be as sedated] so you can take them less often and not become dependant on the med)
- Xanax Information for Consumers
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