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    Old 12-01-2003, 12:06 PM   #1
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    New psych..How do I ask for xanax or klonopin?

    Hello, I am going to see a new psych on wed because my old psych was an idiot. He refused to give me any benzo because I have done drugs before(6 years ago) I think this is unfair. I have tried generic ativan and it does nothing for me so I wanted to try something else, only when I need it. I don't want to become dependent on anything but it is a risk I am willing to take if it will help me. I am taking fluoxetine(generic prozac)25mg. It is helping but I still have anxiety sometimes and usually at night. I have had a hard time sleeping since being on the med so my old psych gave me seroquil(anti psychotic). It is not a very safe drug and I don't want to take this anymore. That is the reason I changed psychs. My question is how should I ask him if I can have a benzo, What should I say? I would appreciate any advice. It is kinda funny...Someone who was so afraid to take meds for 6 years finally wants them!!!. Thank you all.
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    Old 12-01-2003, 12:54 PM   #2
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    Re: New psych..How do I ask for xanax or klonopin?

    Well first of all DONT tell them you used drugs and any point in your life! They see that as a huge risk. They would be giving a drug addict addictive drugs. Kind of like a alcoholic, once a drug addict always a drug addict. I dont mean to sound rude but thats how they view it.
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    Old 12-01-2003, 02:33 PM   #3
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    Re: New psych..How do I ask for xanax or klonopin?

    yeah first of all i agree w/ the previous post... why would you need to tell the new doc you used drugs in the past... personally i think thats your own business... and if it was 6 years ago... why does that matter now??? if you were still using them to this day, maybe then you should say something, as they may feel the drugs are part of the problem.. but since you say you've been clean for 6 years... it shouldn't matter..

    about asking them for the particular drug.... like xanax or klonopin... i was just in the same boat.... i went to a family doctor.... and i asked him about a benzo to take when an attack came, not for everyday use... at first he was hesitant... but after hearing my story, he did give me 20 xanax... no refills... i feel i would need to go to a psyc doctor for further evaluation, so he could see that my request for xanax had merit and wasn't just me wanting them to take everyday.....
    but like people on here told me.. if you feel this type of medication will benefit you,d efinitely let the psyc doctor know.... and i definitely feel, that ur personal history should bek ept w/ you..as 6 years is quite a long time...


    good luck, tell me how it goes.. as i may need to go to a psyc doctor to get more xanax...... but this time i may request klonopin, b/c ppl on here have said how it lasts longer than xanax, and i definitely don't like the idea of having no refills if i need it.. that makes me worry a little... but oh well, all part of the game! ...

     
    Old 12-01-2003, 06:48 PM   #4
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    Re: New psych..How do I ask for xanax or klonopin?

    Thank you! The reason I told my last psych about my drug use is because that is what brought my panic on. I did some bad meth one time and it ended me up in the e.r. I am lucky to be here and I thank god I am o.k. Ever since that happened I have had panic attacks even though I never used again. You still think I shouldn't tell the psych? I hate to be shady and not say anything about my past drug use since that is what caused all of this drama I am dealing with now but if that is what I have to do I will do it. I appreciate your advice it really helps.
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    Old 12-01-2003, 09:39 PM   #5
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    Re: New psych..How do I ask for xanax or klonopin?

    i think it is important to be honest when it comes to your health care. not telling your doc about past addictions is addictive behavior, like you are already prepared to become addicted. you can't be treated properly if you hide information about your personality. if you have a good relationship with your doctor, i think getting xanax shouldn't be a problem, but if you do hide it just to get the xanax, doesn't that say something right there? i am not trying to play devil's advocate here, but look at it from a doctors point of view. they don't want to give you another addiction to struggle with. they arn't being dicks, belive me, i have dealt with seriously dickish doctors, ::shrug::: you are gonna do what you are gonna do. i just think you should be honest to recieve true help.

     
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    Re: New psych..How do I ask for xanax or klonopin?

    I just wanted to clear something up, I am not an addict and was never one, just because I have tried drugs along with 80% of the population doesn't mean I am an addict. I had no problem not doing drugs, I did them to rebel as a teenager and thought it was the in thing to do. I haven't done drugs in 6 years!!!! All I want is help for my anxiety so I can finish college and go on with my life.And yes my last psych was a dick! Everytime I was there he would ask me if I used, That if I was using my med wouldn't work!! Is is really fair to get on me about my past of 6 years ago? I am a married adult now not a kid and I deserve to be trusted. I AM SCARED TO TAKE FREAKIN TYLENOL! My mom comes with me to all of my meetings with my psych to support me, She know's me. I didn't appreciate the "no trust" issue with my last psych, I could hardley understand a word he was saying anyway because he could hardley speak the english language!!Why is he working as a psych when english is hard for him to speak!!I didn't stop seeing him just because he denied me xanax or klonopin, It was many other reasons. If you read my last post I said " I hate to be shady and not say anything about my past drug use" I am an honest person and I will be honest.I also said in my first post" I don't want to become dependent on anything but it is a risk I am willing to take". I can get xanax through my general doc but I would like to be monitored on my med rather than just taking it, That is why I go to psychs. Thank you for your opinion.
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    Old 12-02-2003, 05:47 PM   #7
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    Re: New psych..How do I ask for xanax or klonopin?

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    I just wanted to clear something up, I am not an addict and was never one, just because I have tried drugs along with 80% of the population doesn't mean I am an addict. I can get xanax through my general doc but I would like to be monitored on my med rather than just taking it, That is why I go to psychs. Thank you for your opinion.
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    i think that what you said there is very important. i didn't think you were/are an addict and if you were getting no place fast with your shrink then i applaud you for being aggressive with your health care and making that change. if you discuss with your new doc these sentiments, i don't see why it should be a problem. i agree that 80% of the population has tried drugs, or used so no one should hold that against you. perhaps your past psych has gotten sued or something to be so hesitant to utilize benzo's. who knows. i really didn't mean to offend, i was an outsider looking in and i think you should do whatever you need to ensure the future you want, the conversation was just going towards being shady to get what you want, but i can see that is not your intent. i am on xanax right now through my GP, i just call and he fills up the bottle, i could take 10 a day and i don't think he would notice, so who is better off? best wishes to you.

     
    Old 12-02-2003, 08:08 PM   #8
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    Re: New psych..How do I ask for xanax or klonopin?

    I agree with you, Maybe he did get sued. I am not offended by what you said, I just don't like when people judge on past mistakes. How does xanax work for you? I do appreciate your opinion though. Thank you
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    Old 12-02-2003, 08:30 PM   #9
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    Re: New psych..How do I ask for xanax or klonopin?

    hey whats up.. yeah... i understand everythingyou were saying... do you think that drugs caused you to have the panic disorder and attacks that you have now?? i believe that they cuased u that episode 6 years ago.... but i think that a person has a pre-disposition for the pd, and attacks, and that the drug induced attack was just that..... it was just a trigger.. yo uknow what i'm saying?? i don't feel that a one time drug use(badhigh) could be the culprate for everything now..... but maybe.. thats just my thought..

    as the first time i had a pa was when i chewed tobacco...... i mean i had been doing it for a long time, and then one nite, we were out in the middle of no where, i started to feel sick, and i had my first attack.. id idn't know what it was then.. so i thought i should go to the hospital.. my friends ended up talking me outta it.... and i got over it at my house.... i experienced more after that.. but disregarded them.. then i had a really bad one when i smoked pot once.... i had smoked pot for like 4 months before that, and then outta nowhere... had the biggest attack in the world... i was friggin out! i would never smoke pot again.... but i don't feel that those 2 things caused me my panic now.... you know i think i had a predisposition for this... b/c my moms had some, but overcome them....

    and about the xanax thing, like i said i got 20 of them from my gp doc... i've taken 2... the first one i took i fell asleep for like 4 hours... completely calmed me down..... the 2nd one i took it made me a little dizzy and i couldn't sleep.. but they were in the same day..... and maybe it was b/c the first time i took it i slept.. i just needed to adjust....
    i definitely don't feel i could call him up and get a refill, as he was SUPER hesitant about giving them to me in the first place..... im gonna need to take my concern about w/ a specialist....

     
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    Re: New psych..How do I ask for xanax or klonopin?

    hi carly,
    just let me say that i am the type of person to judge. i just think the system (if you can call it that) gets manipulated so much by those that do abuse, that we end up screwing ourselves becauce doctors mal-practice insurance rates go up, they are hesitant to treat agressivly and there are so many red flags that can go up on any one person that it slows anyones progress.

    as far as the xanax goes, it is working very very well for me. i have been put on different meds over the last 12 years (i am 27) but none ever helped, they all made me feel fuzzy, sick, disconnected. like i was wearing a mask, i couldn't smile, but i couldn't cry....that kind of thing. i have never really been diagnosed with anything in particular, a shrink said "bi-polar" once, but honestly, who isnt? you can't tell me there are people out there that don't have better times than others? no one is the same all the time.....

    but i am rambling,....xanax is the first thing i have taken that lets me relax and get my rational thoughts back. the thing that you must realize is that they are basically downers. we with panic attacks love this because it makes us feel normal. so imagine that on and off you have had panic attacks and you find a magic pill that takes them away, plus makes you feel pretty groovy at the same time, but not an out of control feeling, a feeling like you are curled up in a big cloud, far away from where things can harm you. see what i am saying. this is the magic pill for me, so imagine my fear if it was taken away, at least at this point. i have discussed this with my doctor. he feels that as of right now, it is more important to work out the realization of why i am having attacks, and get past it. he agrees that i may be suffereing from some PTSS due to some health issues. i really don't want to be on anything, but this is my reality right now. i know that this too shall pass and xanax will be a good memory and a good friend if i should need again.

     
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    Re: New psych..How do I ask for xanax or klonopin?

    Hey, Yes I do think that the bad meth I did that day caused my first attack but I do believe I have always had a panic disorder, The drug was just a trigger. I have always been a worrywort as far back as I can remember, My mom had ocd and was a freaking clean freak!! I guess it is just the way I was brought up. I completely agree with what you are saying! When I had my first attack it was scary, I went to the e.r and they ran all kinds of tests. I had another one when I was released from the hospital. Nobody told me that it was a panic attack, just that it was the drug I had taken, I was freaking out because I thought something was really wrong with me, I just kinda diagnosed myself by reading up on them and looking on the internet. I finally got diagnosed by a therapist just resently, It was nice to hear someone say"you have a panic disorder" because there was always that feeling in the back of my mind that something was wrong. Now I no what it is for real and I can fight it and go on with my life.
    Thank you for your info on xanax, I really want to give it a try and see if it can help me function like a "NORMAL" person. Talk to you later, take care

    Nyxin, I agree, I don't want to be on a med either and it took a lot for me to finally take them, I have tried just about everything to get rid of this disorder so I felt that meds were my last resort...of course there is hypnotherypy that I would be willing to try. I hope I can look back and laugh at all of this in the future when I am better.
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    Re: New psych..How do I ask for xanax or klonopin?

    I went to the new doc and he gave me klonopin, 1mg. I took half last night and it actually made more anxious, I think because I am scared to take a new med, I ended up taking the other half at 2:30am and still couldn't get to sleep. My doc told me this morning to start taking the 1mg instead of halfing it. It is weird because I took ativan and it did nothing for me at all. Do I have a high tolerance or what? Just thought I would fill you all in.

     
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