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   Posted 4/26/2010 10:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello to everyone at Healingwell!  I found your forum on the internet when I was looking for an anxiety support group.  I'm glad that I discovered your site, and I look forward to getting and receiving advice in the future.
For now though, I want to ask for some feedback on a problem I'm having with my doctor and my Valium prescription.  He doesn't like to prescribe benzos, but he gave me a script last time because my previous doctor of 12 years had maintainted me on it at night.  (I have severe PTSD, and when I sleep, I have horrible flashbacks if I don't take the Valium.  As long as the Valium in on board, the flashbacks stay away, and I don't enp up in a panic attack.)
The last time he wrote the script, my doctor repeated over and over that he doesn't like to write benzo scripts.  That was one of the most stressful doctor visits I have ever been to.
Now I am out of Valium, and the refills have been used up.  I got the drugstroe to fax a refill request, but the doctor hasn't replied back.  I have a feeling that he is going to say that he no longer writes scripts for benzos.  If that happens, what should I do?
I thought about going to a psychiatrist and asking him to prescribe the medicine, but I don't have health insurance and can't pay $500 in cash to see him.  It's frustrating.
I'm scared to completely stop Valium.  I've been taking about 20 mg at night for approximately 6 years.  If anyone has any suggestions, I'd greatly appreciate them!!
Take care, and be well.
Jodi  yeah

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   Posted 4/27/2010 6:01 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Jody, and welcome!  I wish I had an answer for you but I understand your frustration.  I take a measly 5 mgs of Valium at night (and sometimes during the day if I have to sit for a long time) for Restless Leg and Meniere's disease attacks.  I have been taking it for many years.  My doctor, who has no problem prescribing them is going to leave his practice and go into research as is my gyno...both claim they will not practice medicine with all the restrictions under the new Health Care Reform.  I doubt I will ever find a doctor that will see that I don't abuse the drug and prescibe it without a lecture...or prescibe it at all.  Having just gone through a nasty withdrawal from Lexapro, I am not looking forward to facing the same thing with Valium.  It's easier to get a Rx for narcotics then it is a benzo.  I know people abuse them but all it takes is a look at your chart to see you are taking them as prescribed.

Maybe someone else will have a solution for you...I hope so!  I don't have any health insurance at the moment so I can't afford to be running off to different doctors either....especially a psychiatrist.  Maybe, at the very least, you could tell your doctor that if he is not going to prescribe them for you anymore, could he at least give you enough to wean off slowly???

Take care...


fibro, menieres disease, RLS, anxiety disorder, disc compression, scoliosis, spinal stenosis TMJ  Meds: valium Advil

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   Posted 4/27/2010 6:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Jodi,

I understand your problem. A couple of things come to mind. You do need to see your Doctor and discuss the Valium and perhaps you can explain indepth how much it helps you and with it you do well. I he will no longer write you RX for Valium then he should wean you off of this med slowly not just leave you without any.

I understand you have severe PSTD and sure wish there was a way for you to get into therapy. Several types of medications can help symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder get better. Antidepressants can help symptoms of both depression and anxiety. They can also help improve sleep problems and improve your concentration. Anti-anxiety medications also can improve feelings of anxiety and stress.

I wish you peace,


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   Posted 4/27/2010 6:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Donna, ask your doctor to at least prescribe you enough to slowly wean off the meds if he is refusing to prescribe more. On the other hand, you might also want to call the doctors office and tell them you submitted a request for a refill and wondering when it will be processed. Maybe the refill request got stuck at the receptionist's desk and hasn't it made it to the doctors desk yet. Good luck and I hope all works out for you.

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   Posted 4/27/2010 2:41 PM (GMT -7)   
You might try calling your local mental health office to see if there's any low-cost clinics in your vicinity. We have one in my town that goes by income.
I think it really stinks that docs have become sooooooooo afraid of prescribing some anti-anxiety meds because of a few bad eggs!
Not everyone abuses their meds afterall!

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   Posted 4/27/2010 2:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Get another Dr.

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   Posted 4/27/2010 4:05 PM (GMT -7)   
It isn't always all that easy to just go get another doctor. Believe me, I know! More and more of them act like the DEA is going to be camped on their doorsteps the moment they write you a script for a benzo! It's ridiculous! Each patient should be evaluated through need and their personal record of not misusing any drug. A decent doc should be able to tell if there's apttern of using too much and then proceed from there, not assume someone will misuse!

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   Posted 4/28/2010 4:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree that you must be weaned off this med
not just cut right off it is in 5 mg and 2 mg as well
totally agree with Nanners sometimes the doc doesnt see the requests or they get lost i would call the office as well

i really would hv a real heart to heart with your doc n explain all circumstances
im sure he should know stopping benzos after that long and 20 mgs daily is not right imho

keep us posted n wishing you all the best
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