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Green Grove
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   Posted 2/2/2009 8:29 AM (GMT -7)   
My doctor is messing with my meds.  I take .5 mg Clonzepam 4 times daily and he is trying to withdrawl me to .5 mg once daily.  The last time he did this it threw me into a panic attack.  I don't know what to do because the nurse said she called in 120 pills when she only called in 30 and my appt. was bounced around.  She was insinuating that I am abusing them and I had to call the pharmacy to clarify this, and all of them are being very rude.  What should I do?
 
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Green Grove
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   Posted 2/2/2009 8:52 AM (GMT -7)   
The doc wants me to come in for an appt that was set up for the 17 because they had no room until today and now he is seeing me the 10 of this month. There is not many doctors in the area and it is hard to find a new one so quickly. . . I'm a little axious about going into a place that does not care and are rude. Is withdrawing a person that has been on benzos for 10 + years like that unethical?
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stkitt
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   Posted 2/2/2009 8:55 AM (GMT -7)   

Dear Sam,

I am so sorry this is happening and IMHO  I think your physician is trying to wean you down to fast.  Is this a PCP or  Pdoc you are dealing with.

How long have you been on the med........give me a bit more info and I may have a good resource for you.

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Green Grove
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   Posted 2/2/2009 8:59 AM (GMT -7)   
He is just my family doc that I had to go see when my old one shut down her practice real quick to move with no notice. I have been on the clonzepam for 7 years and was on ativan/lorazepam for about 4. I am just in shock trying to rationalize with these people.
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   Posted 2/2/2009 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Does he give you a reason why he is all of a sudden changing your meds? Sounds kind of strange to randomly go in there and change someones meds.

I pray that you are able to talk to your doc about this and let him know that this is working well for you and he doesn't make any changes. I would be very frank with him too and let him know that if he wants to make changes to your meds, he needs to do it responsibly or you could suffer needlessly. It does sound a little unethical to withdraw someone from meds like that cold turkey. Please keep us posted on what the doc says. And know that we are here for you anytime you need us.

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Green Grove
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   Posted 2/2/2009 9:05 AM (GMT -7)   
When I called in my script Friday I left a call back number for him if there was any issues, and I have my cell on me all the time, so there was no reason to get this negative response this morning. . . Oh, my. . . I am looking into finding another doc that deals with anxiety issues and knows about benzos.
 
Sweet Nanners thank you for the support when you are dealing with much my friend.  I just admire you so much and I will be taking your advice to heart :)
 
 
Edit:  Thank you all so much for your support, I knew that this was improper and they were trying to make me feel like I was crazy. . . Just checking to make sure all my marbles were in, lol :)  The my pharmacist was really nice when I got to finally talk to her and is going to call my doctor's office and let them know that my script was only for 30 clonzepam .5mg once a day and not 120 .5mg. . . I understand the doctor wanting to see me before giving me a few month script, but should at least have given me a call and kept my script at it's regular dosage until the appt.   Sometimes I hate living in a backwoods area with such few docs and good hospitals around.  To be accused so rudely of abusing my meds really hurt my pride more than anything.  I always thought I was a pretty competent person and am tired of all of it.   Again thank you all, I'm searching for a new doc as of today :)
 
I just found a new doc here in my hometown and have an appt. Friday.  At least I won't have to drive so far to sit in a waiting room for several hours and get a 5 min slot with the doc and get charged almost $100 bucks for nothing :)  Thank you all for being there for me :)

Post Edited (Green Grove) : 2/2/2009 12:55:00 PM (GMT-7)


Green Grove
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   Posted 2/2/2009 10:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Love you too Lil Nikki :)  You all are family and we have to stick together and support ALL members and mods alike :)  You are a good example of a supportive member and you should be proud of yourself :)
 
Your Bro Sam :)

stkitt
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   Posted 2/2/2009 10:44 AM (GMT -7)   

Dear Bro,

I have been on a benzo for 24 years and my Pdoc decides it is not good for me and I need to wean off.............well I was shocked as well.  She was not the one to prescribe them originally.  I figure if I have been on them this long she is being unrealisitc................I was on Ativan at the time and it was a high dose as my body seems to metabolize this classification of med quickly. It was also at the lowest point I have ever been in with A & P and depression. A member sent me this site and I printed off the weaning schedule and info and dropped it off at my Pdocs office.

http://www.benzo.org.uk/manual/

When I went in to see her she agreed to substitute Valium and go with the weaning schedule in the info provided.  I went from 40 mg of Valium a day down to 2-4 mg. It took me 9 months to wean down but I made it.  She wanted me off completely but I said no..................I do not abuse the med and after all these years this med helps me more then many of the AD's she has tried me on.

Be your own best advocate and it sounds like you are. I am proud of you and know that you have your appointment coming up and I will pray you establish a good working relationship with your new physician.

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Green Grove
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   Posted 2/2/2009 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   

Thank you Lil Sis :)  I'm going to print that off if the new doc wants to do the same thing.  That is fine to slowly back off, but I felt that it was just too big of a jump and with no call or anything, I feel it was a bit disrespectful and then insulting to have the nurse say the things she did to me.  A cousin of mine was being weaned too quickly from her meds and passed away last year at 47. . . Enough of a connection that it does make me a scared and her death is still under investigation.  Don't really know what happened for sure.  Plus I'm at my lowest point rising back up and don't want to relapse again.  I was going to call and cancel my appt. with my old doc, but I think I'm just going to let it go and move on with my future.  I don't want to be angry with anybody and talking to any of them again will just raise my anxiety, so. . . . Man what a day!  I know if I had known more about benzos when I was younger than some textbook stuff that got lost in all the other info, I would have never stayed on them for such a prolonged period at all. . . You are right about being my own advocate for my health and I at least do my research and speak with my docs now before taking anything. . .  Communication is key for any patient-doctor relationship and I hope this thread will educate everyone of the extreme importance of this.  I know we tell members daily, but it always seems to bear repeating!

Thank you so much :)

Gentle Hugs From Your Bro Sam :)

 


Mizzbeeutiful
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   Posted 2/2/2009 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sam! I don't have any experience with what you're going through but I'm wishing u good luck with ur new dr. and with ur meds situation.

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   Posted 2/2/2009 12:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sam

Sorry your going through this at the moment sounds to me like your doctor is weaning you off the benzo to quickly. I stopped the benzo i was taking two quickly and i felt awful so would advice reducing really slowly. Speak to your doctor and tell them you not happy.

Take Care

Ben

Green Grove
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   Posted 2/2/2009 12:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Mizz for the good luck for all of this :) I definitely need that my friend, lol :)

Ben. . . You are so cool and thank you for supporting me when you are going through a lot right now :)

Last year the the same doc took me off of them too quickly and I had my first major panic attacks through that time. . . It has been a hard road to get back some of me after it. I was bedrest for almost two months from all the symptoms of the anxiety at once. . . Was convinced I was dying, lol :) I'm glad I can look back at it now and laugh, because I was sure terrified at the time. There was some good things that came out of the dark days though. I started my therapy which is making me a better person, I have learned to let go of the past and move on, I love and respect myself now truly for the first time, and the best of all. . . I came to HW and met all of you wonderful family that has been a such a blessing that I needed so bad and still do :)

Thank you all again and much love for the bunch of you!
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   Posted 2/2/2009 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I sure hope you can find a new doctor, that really stinks. I know I was only allowed to take xanax for 2 weeks while the antidepressants kicked in. He didn't want me to get hooked on them.

But it sounds like if you need to wean down, they should be doing it much slower! Good luck!
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Green Grove
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   Posted 2/2/2009 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Jen :) You are so sweet :) I found a new doc and have my appt. this Friday!
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gilly-love
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   Posted 2/2/2009 3:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I am actually going through the same problem as you at the moment...Benzo withdrawl. The docs have different methods and they do believe there way is the best and dont feel bad as it can take many attempts to actuall get off them. For me one doc said three day and i was meant to be off..I failed. The second doc said 8 days and i would be off...I failed.  I then decided to wright my owns withdrawal program cutting it down as i was able to do so and the third doc said that was a good idea as i do suffer anxiety and i believe i can control both this was without loosing control. It seems to be working. Im not scared now. Goodluck... gillxx

 

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Green Grove
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   Posted 2/2/2009 3:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been cutting back on mine as well, which seems to be the best for me too Gilly :) That was why my feelings were hurt because my refill was for Jan 23 and I will take my first pill from my new bottle in about an hour Feb 2. . . I don't see how that is abusing my meds, but it is over with now, lol :) I sure appreciate the support and good luck to you as well :)
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gilly-love
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   Posted 2/2/2009 3:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks!  hugs to u! xx
Green Grove said...
I've been cutting back on mine as well, which seems to be the best for me too Gilly :) That was why my feelings were hurt because my refill was for Jan 23 and I will take my first pill from my new bottle in about an hour Feb 2. . . I don't see how that is abusing my meds, but it is over with now, lol :) I sure appreciate the support and good luck to you as well :)


 

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   Posted 2/3/2009 12:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sam,
I pretty much agree with what everyone has already said. It was inappropriate that your doc tried to make you taper off that amount in such a short period of time. It took me months...almost a year to reduce the amount to what I am taking now. I tapered off my meds not faster than 0.25 mg over 1-2 months. I know it sounds like it would take forever but the slower you reduce the amount, the less withdrawal symptoms you will have. At least that is what I learned from my own experience. It is good to let your body adjust slowly to the new amount. Be nice to yourself. :-) I hope you will be able to talk to a professional who can help you with this. My psychiatrist didn't really help me with this though because I was the one who knew exactly what my body needed. Doctors don't always know everything. If you've been on benzos for a long time, you should know how your body and mind would react.
Your plan for tapering off your meds should be well thought out.
 
This site has tons of information on how to taper off benzos.
http://benzowithdrawal.com/forum/

Green Grove
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   Posted 2/3/2009 12:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Melodee :) I agree with you on this and thank you for more info that I will add to Kitt's :) You all have been a huge help to me!
Much Love, Hugs, Peace & Comfort . . . Your Bro . . . Sam :)
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   Posted 2/3/2009 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   
You're welcome Sam. :) You have helped us a lot, too. :)
Good luck and keep us posted!
 
Love Melodee :-)
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