So my doctor tells me today SHE'S TAKING MY ATIVAN AWAY

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Twiggygal
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   Posted 12/27/2007 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I am so ANGRY.  Merry *BLEEPING* Christmas to me from the doctor I guess. 
 
She doesn't even know whether the medication is safe or not.  I'm TRYING to get my OB doctor to call me back so she can talk to this idiot regular doctor to APPROVE my meds.
 
how can they take away my meds I've been taking for over a year now and just NOT give them to me anymore.  Has anyone ever heard of WEANING.  How retarded
 
I am so PSYCHO right now and if I don't have my meds I'm going to end up in the psych ward til this baby comes out because I cannot FUNCTION without my meds.
 
I love the united states.  They won't even give me medical coverage yet they take the pills away that I COVER BY MYSELF!!!!  And that I NEED!
 
Can someone please respond because I've been crying and freaking out all day.  I only have FOUR ativan left!!!
 
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Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 12/28/2007 9:07:35 AM (GMT-7)


FitzyK23
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   Posted 12/27/2007 6:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Twiggy,

I just visit here on occassion but wanted to send you a big (HUG) b/c you are having a rotten day. I know whenever my pharmacy or doc screws up my crohns meds I get so emotional. They don't understand what it is like to have to go a day without them. I did a quick google search of Ativan and it is a class D drug. That means that it is not safe to take during pregnancy unless your OB told you otherwise. Without hearing from your OB your doc probably can't prescribe them to you. However, they absolutely should have given you enough w/ the proper instructions on how to wean. If you do not get through to you OB or get your doc to call you back regarding weening I would suggest going to the ER and explaining your situation. Withdrawing on your own can be dangerous (as you know). It seems like you are between a rock and a hard place here. They have to balance your needs with your baby's needs and find a way to keep you BOTH safe. Seems like they are forgetting you here. Don't be afraid to get help if you need it. Hopefully someone on here will come along and give you instructions on weening w/ what you have left. Ill be thinking of you.

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Twiggygal
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   Posted 12/27/2007 6:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah... they're cutting me off Fitzy... COLD turkey... just decided to call me TODAY and say... oh SORRY we're not refilling your prescription because we don't feel it's safe for the baby.

Sorry ... but the worry is not about the baby at this point... it's about me and my dang sanity.

How rude of them ... exactly like you said.. they forget about me..

I've talked to OBS all over that say Ativan is JUST FINE during pregnancy...

grrrrr

They're just cutting me off cuz they can't get kickbacks like they do from prescribing me Lexapro... what the heck ever



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   Posted 12/27/2007 7:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hopefully one of those OB's can prescribe for you... Im hoping someone else comes along soon w/ some advice for you!!
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   Posted 12/27/2007 7:58 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey Twiggy,

I am so sorry that you have been treated this way.  No you should not have been cut off cold turkey if you were taking the medication every day for a year. At least that is what my pdoc told me.

There is a way to wean you from the med and I am not sure why this was not done.  You should always talk to your Famiy physician or OB/GYN before making any changes in your medications. If you suddenly stop taking your medication you may have withdrawal and you don't know what effect that may have on your pregnancy. This is just my 2 cents worth but I would stay calm tonight and contact or go to visit your OB/GYN physician tomorrow.

Sometimes having more than one physician prescribing your meds gets confusing.  I understand that well.

Take care and please take a big deep breath and just wait until tomorrow.

Gentle Hugs

Kitt

medication. If you suddenly stop taking your
medication you may have withdrawal and we
don’t know what effect withdrawal might have
on a pregnancy. Your doctor can help you
decide if the benefit of taking the medicine
outweighs any possible risk to your pregnancy
doctor before making any changes in your
medication. If you suddenly stop taking your
medication you may have withdrawal and we
don’t know what effect withdrawal might have
on a pregnancy. Your doctor can help you
decide if the benefit of taking the medicine
outweighs any possible risk to your pregnancy

 
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   Posted 12/28/2007 6:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Twiggy....sweetie........Breathe...........Call the OB/GYN as was posted by Kitt and I am sure you will have to be weaned off this would also be hard on the baby sweetie IMHO.........

They may put you on a smaller dose for the duration of the preggars even ....I was left on them with cait and had no problems .......neither does she with her intelligence ( honor kid) growth anything......

Keep us posted...............

Love you sweetie...........

You may want to ask if they rather you go back to what you were doing instead of the ativan to keep you mellow and calm ......you know what I mean ..........PLEASE dont hun ........it will work out ..........


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debaser
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   Posted 12/28/2007 2:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah. I don't know what your dosage is, but it's probably not a good idea to abruptly stop like they're having you do. That alone would cause stress to the fetus, it seems.

Ativan's not a very good med to take on a daily basis because it's so difficult to stop taking. I can't imagine what this is going to be like for you...you need to get something done about it.

The problem with taking it while pregnant is that the baby, when born, will have a chemical dependence on the Ativan (I assume...someone correct me if I'm wrong). You can't very well taper a baby so this is definitely a problem. Poor little guy.

Hopefully it's early in your pregnancy and they can work out a tapering regimen for the both of you, even if that involves switching to Klonopin, Librium, or Valium (one of these is safer during pregnancy but I can't remember which). You definitely need a consult with your OBGYN before the Ativan runs out, though.

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   Posted 12/30/2007 5:31 AM (GMT -7)   
HEY Twiggy

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Twiggygal
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   Posted 12/30/2007 10:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok, this is going to be LONG ... just a warning.

Let's talk about INSENSITIVITY from my doctor's nurse. So, apparently my doctor contacted the OB and they both won't give me my medication. My doc's nurse called me and said that I can't have it. I said, have you ever heard of weaning someone off medication?

She said that the doc never approved of me being on ativan while I'm pregnant so she kind of dodged that question and never answered it. I asked about alternatives. I said THERE HAS TO BE SOMETHING!!!

"We'd like to help you, but we can't."

Those were her words and I was ANGRY (P i $ $ e d really)

She said to me... "just go to the E.R. whenever you're having a panic attack and talk to a mental health counselor" HELLO I don't have health insurance and I said "what, am I sposed to go to the E.R. four days a week?"

"Well there's nothing more we can do." That nurse was SO COLD and INSENSITIVE to my questions and disorder on the phone. In fact I'd like to take a poop on her desk. EAT THAT. Wow... anger here.

So I had gone back and forth my doc and her nurse for three days for nothing. I was depressed... frustrated.. ANGRY and panicky.

What the heck is a panicking woman to do? Is there no advocacy for pregnant women with panic disorder? Or do we just get swept under the rug like we no longer have a problem? I have a hard time believing I'm the only pregnant woman with panic disorder since many of you on here are INDEED moms.

So I was furious.. I didn't know what to do.. and I called my sister with a learning disability and I was venting. She came over with her fiance. (She can't drive) Her big heart and understanding REALLY showed through on this occasion...

My parents' however didn't. Turns out they had been talking behind my back the entire time. My father's words... "this *thing* needs to just be fixed. They need to get it fixed* (referring to me and my sister who have this disorder)

My mom NEVER EVEN CALLED to see how I was doing and just totally left me in the dust. How sweet and caring.

But anyways... back to my sister... Jenny shows up at my house. I'm SO ANGRY. She suggests seeing a psychiatrist at this clinic she used to go to near my house. We call. The psychiatrist is booked for 8-10 weeks. I'm freaking out at this point.

What am I supposed to do I screamed in the background. The woman gave my sister to a crisis number. What was I supposed to do with a crisis number? I feel like I'm in a crisis but do I really need to call?

I was depressed, hurt, rejected, and moreover angry. (for a minute here, I might need a break from typing cuz of carpal tunnel lol)

So we got the number. We sat on it for a while and finally Jenny called for me. She didn't know how to explain exactly what was going on so I grabbed the phone. Within literally a minute of talking to this guy I was bawling... explaining the insensitive docs and nurses... being pregnant.. depressed... frustrated...

this guy was nice. He asked if I did breathing exercises. I said yes.. and relaxation techniques and meditation but none of it really seemed to help in a panic attack. He just understood. And he asked if I could come in on Sunday for a mental health assessment. I was like.. I"m pretty open (since I don't go anywhere lately!)

The guy also said that regular doctors and OB's don't know much about psychiatric disorders or meds like benzos can affect pregnancys... and a psychiatrist would know much more. That was a relief to hear.

he also said that if I went to the E.R. they'd just give me a shot of Ativan anyway. I said then why can't I have my pills? I don't get it!!! (STILL bawling at this point)

I tried getting directions but Jenny's phone kept cutting out.. I felt helpless and was yelling at jenny why her phone wasn't working. She wrote down the address and the number.

So today I went. I show up and I'm at some house. Confused really. I call around frantically trying to figure out where the heck I am. Then I call the number. Yup. It's in a house.

I wasn't about to walk up to the door if it was a person's house and be like.. I'm here for a mental health assesment hahaha

So I go downstairs into this house and the basement is converted into a sort of office with different doors and peoples' names on the doors.

Then after a few minutes a guy comes up and says hello... I was the one you spoke with on the phone. Ah crap... I cried on the PHONE to this guy. I felt dumb but oh well. When you fel helpless... you can't help the way you feel.

So I have to wait cuz he's with someone else then he comes back. We start talking and he asks me how my panic attacks are and if I want to hurt myself or have suicidal thoughts. I'm like... I'm just depressed about this dang disorder!!! And my doctors have shunned me! or that's what it felt like..

He knew more than I did! Talking about so many things I had hardly time to digest it! So I signed in with their "care" and signed a "non harm agreement" where I agree I won't harm myself and if I want to I'll call 911 or them.

he also said if I felt like going to a psychiatric hospital to call them because they had 4 beds at the house and I could always stay there and they wouldn't take my shoelaces! (I felt almost like I was in the movie Girl Interuptted where the patients of the psych ward had a lot of freedom too.. but that movie was based in '68, so it was crazy to have something like that nowadays right down the road from my house) He said the patients that stay there go for walks and just get help.

So he got me an appointment with a psychiatrist for this Friday... which I was amazed at how fast he could get me in. He offered for me to be driven to the appt but I can't ride in other ppl's cars so I asked to follow.

He gave me some information I've never read before... and the non-profit group is going to help me find therapists to go to and health insurance.

That'd be good.

THAT was a lot of info! Wheeww sorry it was so long but it's been a rough few days. I have a lot of relief now. I felt like I talked to a professional that UNDERSTOOD me.

That's never happened before.

So it's a good likely chance (i'm praying) that i might get my medication back or something like Ativan to help. That'd be great. Ugh.

(sorry had to post in quick reply cuz I couldn't get the dang thing to submit for some reason there was text over it)

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Post Edited (Twiggygal) : 12/30/2007 11:02:08 PM (GMT-7)


Aussieangel
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   Posted 12/31/2007 12:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm glad you've finally got some help TG. You're correct no med should be stopped suddenly and whilst in hospital there was a girl pregnant and on Ativan. Her pdoc believed it was safer for a little bit of Ativan then none and what it would do.

Good luck with your appointment.

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   Posted 12/31/2007 5:23 PM (GMT -7)   
That sounds like an awesome group of people you ran into. I'm really happy that you found an outfit that cares and, just as importantly, get you cared FOR quickly. I'm sure that alone makes you feel better, huh?

Good luck. Friday's not that far away (easy for me to say, I know).
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