Will my new pm doctor keep me on my xanax and

karakokokkarakoko Posts: 1
edited 07/23/2019 - 1:08 PM in Arthritis, Osteoarthritis

will my new pm doctor write me if my previous doctor refused to write for so called breaking narcotics contract


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  • Do not expect one doctor to continue doing what another doctor has done!  If they do, then they obviously agree on what your pain issue is.  I can tell you that the prevailing trend in pain management is to discontinue either the benzo class drug or narcotic pain medication.  Most doc's are now saying one or the other, but not both.  This comes back to the CDC recommending that doctors not prescribe both classes of medicine at the same time because of the overdose/abuse risk.

    I would highly suggest that you go in to see your new doctor with an open mind and be willing to try what they recommend for your care plan.


  • Hi karakoko

    Welcome believe me you have come to a great place for support and those who will listen and help you in any way they can. You did not give us the reason you need to take Xanax if it is for panic attacks or depression there are so many tools out there to help with those things besides drugs. The reason I say that is I go through both especially the panic attacks to the point I feel like I am having a heart attack, breathing, want to run full of fear on and on. I have had those for years on and off was on meds at different times including Xanax but decided to cope with them in other ways and it is not easy. I am not sure if you are able to walk but for me going for a walk even if it is short helps or a drive to a store where ever just to get out of the house. Music too sometimes loud rock or whatever type you like and I am 69 so not the new music :) for me. Also I watch on You Tube some of the music and distractions they have some really good ones there. Just give it a try look on You Tube or just research ways to handle there are some good ones. If it is depression are you seeing a physiologist? to help you deal with it meds are not the answer we need to try everything else. I now cannot use any anti-depression med. or nerve med. with my breathing it is too dangerous. I also went to this great class wish I could remember it but it was ways to handle stress and panic you could ask your doctor about that or look it up on the internet in your area. 
    Keith gave you great advice Doctors should take care in prescribing pain meds and those other kind together it is a danger for us. If you feel you need a second opinion do get another doctor. I wish you the best and hang in there plus please let us know how you are doing.
    Take care Sherri

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  • @karakoko the final decision will be up to your PM doctor, but most of them try to avoid writing scripts for narcotics and benzos. Studies show it increases the patients chance of addiction and overdose. Most doctors don't want to take the chance. Espically now with the CDC cracking down on all their guidelines. It will get harder and harder to find a doctor to prescribe narcotics if you're on benzos or vice versa. 

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