refill and this new doctor said you can not have this drug any more and I asked why and she said it was not good for me and I have been taking this drug for years do to a nervous breakdown and my brain cells were all screwed up so instead of weaning me off of this medication she gaveme clonazepam which I have know have problems withbreathing,suicidal thoughts,panic and axiety attacks and I was told from a former doctor that I was supposed to stay on this medication because it was working fine for me.She makes me so mad I can not sleep and I have been to the hospital twice this month and I am scared to deathabout this stuff and what thedoctor did to me.
Have you experienced the negative side effects you speak of from Clonazepam? If so, is your current doctor aware that you are having trouble tolerating the medication she prescribed you instead of the Alprazolam you have been doing well on?
Can you ask your former doctor to vouch for you needing the Alprazolam? He/She may be able to fax in a letter directly to your new doctor explaining your successful history with Alprazolam, etc.?
Does this new doctor have your former medical records? If not, I would try to get those records faxed in to their office ASAP.
Also, is there another doctor you can go see in your area? It does not sound as if the new one is listening too well to you, and even if she is, she apparently does not want to RX Alprazolam-perhaps for reasons of his/her own.
2 years ago, I got a call from my pharmacy telling me my ob/gyn of many years was no longer prescribing me a certain pill I had been on for years and works to help keep my menstrual migraines at bay. They told me she had called in a completely different medication for me instead. So I immediately call my OB/gyn and come to find she will not or 'cannot' prescribe me my regular medication as her practice was no longer RX'ing that pill or any of its close derivatives to ANY patient at ANY time. I had seen this OBGYN for about a decade, and I had always revered her before this happened.
It was difficult, but I had to switch OBGYN offices completely. An acquaintance of mine recommended a specific OBGYN that day and I will always be grateful to her for that recommendation! I called and first asked whether the new OBGYN could/would prescribe the medication I had been successful on for years; they said yes, so I got an Appt. for that month and was put back on the same medication the former OBGYN wouldn't RX suddenly.
Plus, my newer OBGYN is fantastic!! :)
Anyway, my point here is that sometimes certain doctors take issue with certain medications & do not RX these to most or any of their patients.
If you need to seek help elsewhere with a different doctor who suits your needs better, who's to say you cannot? You are entitled to get the proper care you need. You're ultimately the one in charge of your health--so take charge regarding this issue if you need to & best of luck!
There may be a deeper issue here, these meds are not all that far apart in how they act. Possibly your were switched too abruptly and have other issues preexisting, and why did you have to see a new Dr? What happened to the other one? It's very common for a new Dr not to prescribe what a previous was prescribing. Historical facts?
Hello Torylynn, it seems like to me that your new doctor has no clue about benzos and did not give you the right amount of clonazepam to equal that of the xanax. Even though they are both benzos you still needed to taper off the xanax while crossing over to the clonazepam. Try to talk some sense in this new doctor or try to get back to the doctor you were seeing previous. The withdrawal you are experiencing is uncalled for, your doctor nor any Dr should do that, its just wrong. If you would like to send me a private question I can give you information you can print out and give it to your new Dr and possibly she will then understand about benzos. I wish the best outcome for you.
I can tell you to check the strength of the clonazepam and then compare to your alprazolam. clonazepam is a benzodiazepines that they put you on in the weaning process. the difference is only that the clonazepam has a longer lasting affect. I was on alprazolam for 14yrs. and I've been weaning off for several months. I understand your fear but if you go about this in the wrong way you may not get the help you need. alprazolam is supposed to only be used for a short term. I was on it way to long and I thought it would end me. give the clonazepam a chance.
- Alprazolam Information for Consumers
- Alprazolam Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Alprazolam (detailed)
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