Re: I need advice dr had me on xanax 5 mg a day then cuts me off??!!
Sorry that it has taken so long for you to get a response here on the board. I am glad to see you posting, but sorry for the circumstances of your post.
I do not know the law concerning this, but certainly know that the prescribing physician has a moral obligation to helping the patient wean from narcotics, in particular any benzo like Xanax. In my own experience it was my family physician who helped me come up with a plan to get off of opiates and Xanax, both of which I had been taking for more than ten years. He was actually the one who told me about the obligation of the physician to help the patient with the weaning process. Not sure if he was talking legal or moral, but he did fully accept the obligation.
Your doctor should be fully aware of the dangers of coming off Xanax (or any benzo). It totally and absolutely must be a very slow withdrawal. It is unconscionable to drop a patient from 6-7mg of Xanax a day to a low dose of another, less powerful drug like Klonopin.
If I were in your position, I would make one last attempt with your doctor and ask that she sit down and make a solid plan of withdrawal for you. If that fails ( and I have a feeling it will), then be prepared to seek out a doctor or clinic that will help you. Call local hospitals and explain the situation, ask for help. Call Medicaid and explain the situation and ask for help. Lastly, I would call your state medical board and file a complaint.
While doctors have been put under a lot of pressure about prescribing narcotics, rules have to be set to accommodate the patients they have been prescribing to. Probably ask the state medical board if there are any existing rules about this kind of situation in your state.
Please come back and post when you can and let us know how your are faring in this horrible situation. We care.