Medication cuts... anyone else? (Veteran Poster)

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   Posted 10/28/2017 12:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Good Saturday, all--I have not been around for some time--so hi all new folks. Has anyone had conversations with their doctor recently about cutting back on medication?

I have been working on making cuts to my daily meds--on my own suggestion and with my doctor's okay. I cut out the opiates completely, and lessened the ambien by half. I kept to the same dose of tramadol (a step down just didn't work,) and the same dose of a muscle relaxer.

A few months ago, I started to get notes on the bottle reading "Start working on reducing this." I ignored it, until this month i picked it up and there was half the pills. I contacted my doctor--and apparently they are getting prompted to try to reduce certain medications. I contacted her and she agreed to raise it back up until we can talk for an appointment. Some discussion on taking more muscle relaxers so that I could reduce the ambien...

I was rather put off by this. I have been with this doctor for some time (Nearly four years,) so it is not like I am new to her. I do not take all the muscle relaxers I am prescribed. But I have been on sleep medication since I was diagnosed in 2003/4, and am really not interested in quitting it. If I do not have quality sleep, I have lots of trouble the next day. I still work and I do a lot of intense mental work, so going without sleep is not an option. Though I might have to at some point, since I have insurance on the ACA.

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   Posted 10/28/2017 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Myself, I do not have Fibro, however, to answer your question about medications being taken away, yes. This has been happening across the country for quite some time. It is not limited to pain medications only. Benzo's & sleeping medications have been a target for quite some time. Several months ago a friend of mine tried to refill her Ambien & was denied the refill. She called & was seen by her dr in a day or two & the dr told her that she cannot rx Ambien any longer. The guidelines by CDC & their cohorts have made it tough for so many patients. This has been the same dr that has rx'd it for 13-14 years. I am talking cold turkey, no last refill, nothing. You really need to figure out a taper & do not expect your dr to continue to rx the medication.

Take care.
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   Posted 10/28/2017 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Myself, I know you aren't as old as I am but my rheumy has to fill out a form to request my muscle relaxer because "they" don't think it's safe for people over 65. You mean if I'm 64 years and 11 1/2 months old, it's safe for me? 😁 But all my doctor does is submit a form once a year to my drug plan and I can have the muscle relaxer for one year only.

Congratulations on getting off the opiod and other medication. I know you have always taken as little as possible. Do you have a drug plan or is it the pharmacy that won't fill it? It might be the combination of medication too. Ambien is like a sedative and muscle relaxers have that same affect. You need to sit down with your doctor and have a serious talk. The fact that you have weaned off several things speaks volumes.


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   Posted 10/28/2017 5:07 PM (GMT -6)   
My drs..wife also has fibro, so he would maybe less likely to leave people hanging..

Never took opiates, they were recommended but since i am medication sensitive , i knew i would not be able to handle.

Noticed when they refilled said need dr authorization for refill..
I take very small doses but it helps keep the edge off.

I am a firm believer that we all need to take as little as we can, but when its a quality of life issue..the patient still needs help..whether its meds, PT , whatever..

More than my dr, i would worry about insurance companies pulling things..or a pharmacy thinking they get to decide.

So many of our people here have multiple issues they deal with, and i am hoping the medical community will be responsible, work things out to the good of the patient, case by case.

Leave it between the dr. And patient..

Just my opinion
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