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problem with my pharmacist when getting prescription
« on: May 26, 2014, 09:35:29 PM »
So I had finally got medical insurance (via medi cal which is medicaid ) because I'm temping and i have no way to get health insurance besides applying for that. So before I had received insurance I had my Urgent Care doctor I had been seeing send my prescription of ativan to Raley's in my town, i usually would get them from Rite Aid but Raley's is much cheaper. The first time I had went in there to pick up my ativan, the lady that works in there had a real bad attitude for some reason. Kind of got on me because I've taken ativan for this long but it's the only thing I was ever prescribed to help me and I can't go off it that easy without professional help with it. So i just brushed it off. So I had like 2 pills left an had been trying to get doctor authorization for another refill and since it was the holiday weekend I was having some problems doing that. The same lady i dealt with before had answered the phone a few of the times i called and still had a attitude on the phone with me , im not sure if this is how she is or if she has some problem with me. So I go in today to pick up my prescription and guess who's working the front desk, her. I was the only one in line and she took at least 5 minutes to help me even though she had saw me waiting patiently. So she brings the prescription and says how much, so I hand her my medi cal card and right away shes like you cant use that for these meds. I wasn't aware of it because I had just used it a week ago on four different medications an it was covered so I guess some meds aren't covered so I was like ok. Then she proceeds to start lecturing me on whyy they aren't covered an all being real snobby. I just don't get it. I did nothing to this women and I feel like she thinks I'm there to get the ativan so I can take  them and abuse them or something. Like she thinks I don't even need them and i'm taking advantage of my doctor or something. I was prescribed these years ago when I was clueless on what was going on with me and every doc i've seen has never said anything about not taking them for this long so I took them and it's kind of hard to just say ok i'll stop taking them. I wish it was as easy as that, but my anxiety is daily and I don't know what else to do. This lady doesn't know my story, i'm not abusing these meds, im taking them as there prescribed. In fact I've been stressing alot lately about having to rely on them to make me feel not anxious. It sucks, i wish i could just not take anything and be able to handle it but i can't at this moment in my life so it really pisses me off that this lady is treating me this way. So yea was just wondering if anybody else had this type of experience .
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Re: problem with my pharmacist when getting prescription
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2014, 10:07:02 PM »
Hi Zav, and welcome to Anxiety Zone.  My name is Chuck, and I am one of the Global Moderators here on the site...

To begin with, regardless if this pharmacist only treats you that way, or treats everyone like that, I won't stand for it, and you shouldn't either.  I would be taking my business someplace else.

Zac, quite honestly the benzodiazepines, such as Ativan are considered tranquilizers, and were meant originally for short term use.  I don't know how severe your anxiety disorder is, but if you are having a daily or frequent problem with it, I would suggest that you consider talking to your doctor about perhaps being started on an anti-depressant.

I see a psychiatrist for my mental health needs, and she has me on two anti-depressants, Celexa and Remeron, and they have worked wonders for me.  And I haven't taken any type of benzodiazepine in some five years.  I am also learning cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) from my therapist, and that is helping me as well.

Again, I want to welcome you to Anxiety Zone.  The very best to you, Zav!...  Chuck :grinning-smiley-003:
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Re: problem with my pharmacist when getting prescription
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2014, 11:58:31 PM »
Hey chuck nice to meet you. thanks for welcoming me and replying to my topic. Yea i'm thinking of taking my business elsewhere, I don't need to be getting attitude from this pharmacist when she doesn't even know me. About the benzo's , I am totally aware of them being for short term use and that has always bothered me because I've been on them so long and I know there not meant for long term. Ever since I had my dark phase with depression, which has subsided the past week an has just been my anxiety, I've been stressing a lot about medication's. It sucks having to feel like I need to depend on meds to manage my anxiety. I started taking a little more when my anxiety was getting bad to where I couldn't walk down the street without getting tight in the chest. I had worked 3 years before this anxiety attack in april an I worked over an hour from my house and Yea I'd get the occasion anxiety but I could still do my job and didn't let anxiety control me. Now that it's been kind of bad I had to take a little more than prescribed but now I managed to get back to what i'm prescribed because I'm very good with what i'm prescribed to take and don't want to abuse it . I currently have my first appointment with a mental health professional, something I've always wanted to try out but never have till now, that appointment is june 6th. I'd like to try the cbt therapy, talk to the professional about my whole road to anxiety from the beginning and hopefully get some answers because the only help I've ever received with this is being prescribed Ativan , it's the only thing I know and i'm hoping I can get some more better help now with seeing this professional. My g/f has always said I should've been put on a anti deprsnt when this all started back in 2009. To be honest i'm kind of nervous to take them. I was prescribed them by a family doctor last Monday but i'm kind of waiting it out till this appointment june 6th and see what kind of plan of action they want me to take. If it comes down to taking them I will. I'd feel more comfortable knowing that i'm taking a med that is for long term use I know that. Just for now I've kind of got the depression stage out the way and back to the anxiety and plan  on sticking to what I've been doing till the appointment. sorry for rambling on. been a frustrating month an a half.
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Re: problem with my pharmacist when getting prescription
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2014, 12:46:04 AM »
It is quite common for Pharmacists and their staff to view everyone with suspicion. I don't know what percentage of medications are taken and properly used as compared with the amount of medication that is resold on the black market but it's substantial enough to generate a kind of chemical xenophobia. There aren't even a dozen different medications that are diverted but Benzodiazepines and Opiates are at the top of the list. Then just add in the human factor - most people aren't particularly nice, cooperative or sympathetic. These huge Mega-Corps don't care if they lose your business. Nor are they loved by their employees.

Grin and bear it.

As for medications, it's just easier to let your doctor decide. He's just guessing and so are you. At least, if anything doesn't work out, let the doctor feel guilty.

I've taken Benzodiazepines for many years. They work on Panic Attacks. I don't think they are intended for depression. Unfortunately, medication for depression has some kind of twisted connection to anxiety. I suggest you do a lot of research and go to a specialist before you let some GP put you on SSRIs.
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Re: problem with my pharmacist when getting prescription
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2014, 01:41:38 AM »
yea ringil I don't take the benzo's for depression. that just has popped up after a recent anxiety and has tuned down a lot lately. yea that's what  I plan on doing . I'd rather hear what a specialist suggests on doing rather than a GP. She didn't really even hear me out, she just heard i'd been depressed more than anxious an prescribed a ssri. Not trying to start something that I don't know much about, or if I even need to take it if there's other options. 
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Re: problem with my pharmacist when getting prescription
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2014, 11:17:15 AM »
Hi Zav...

I'd like to share a few things with you about anti-depressants...

If you had diabetes, and required insulin to insure a healthy lifestyle, I would assume that you would take it.  You would take it because your pancreas is no longer functioning as it was intended.  Our brain is also an organ, and it can also undergo actual anatomical and physiological changes.  What anti-depressants actually do is to encourage the growth of new brain cells and their connections in the hippocampus region of the brain.  Cells in this region can be damaged or destroyed by stress hormones such as cortisol.  So you see, chronic conditions of anxiety/depressive disorders have an actual organic origin.  This is not one of those situations where you can pull yourself up by the bootstraps, and go on your merry way.  I have been on an anti-depressant for some 4-5 years now, and plan on being on one the rest of my life.  I am thankful they are there for me.

Also, anxiety and depression are actually one in the same.  Think of it this way.  You have a light in a room that is operated by a light switch.  Next to that light switch is another switch that operates a ceiling fan.  What the light and the fan do are completely different, just like how anxiety vs. depression feels to us, yet the light and fan get their energy from the same light switch panel.  Anxiety and depression come from the same area of the brain.  And, anti-depressants have a little more favorable outcome to treating anxiety, as they do treating depression.

What anti-depressant did your doctor prescribe for you?

Glad to hear that you will be seeing a mental health specialist within the next few weeks, and can have them institute a treatment plan for your needs.  By the way, for many individuals, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) can be as effective as an anti-depressant in repairing the brain.

As always, the very best to you, Zav!...  Chuck :grinning-smiley-003:
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Re: problem with my pharmacist when getting prescription
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2014, 03:42:52 AM »
thanks for the reply chuck. really appreciated it. Thanks for sharing your knowledge about it , was pretty helpful. Yea I'm starting to think a antidepressant would help me in the long run with this anxiety issue. I've always been pretty cautious about taking meds. I always worry about side effects and maybe read into them too much and get myself worried. I keep hearing a lot of people telling me they take anti deprsnts an it's change their lives for the better. I've learned to live with my anxiety pretty much daily, some days are not bad some days are worse. But lately I've realized even though my depression has went down tremendously, I'm still not real happy. I haven't been happy about much for awhile now and maybe an anti depressant will change that I just need to give it a try. I was prescribed Zoloft 50 mg I believe. I would prefer to start on a smaller dosage. The two people I've talked with said they take celexa and it's help a lot. I'm not sure what would be considered the best med to start out with . What do you take if you don't mind me asking?
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Re: problem with my pharmacist when getting prescription
« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2014, 11:18:35 AM »
Hi Zav...

You are wise to want to start your anti-depressant at a low dose. and increase over time.  Zoloft is an excellent AD.  With Zoloft, 50 mg is considered the lowest therapeutic dose.  If you are going to try Zoloft, I would recommend you start off with perhaps 12.5 mg.  After 7-10 days, increase to 25 mg.  Another 7-10 days, go to 37.5 mg, and then up to 50 mg.  This helps to keep start-up side effects away.  Just so you know, Zav, most people that I know that are on Zoloft, take 100-150 mg for good results, and I have one friend of mine who is doing well on 200 mg.

You are welcome to ask me any questions you like, Zav.  I take two anti-depressants, Remeron, and it just so happens I was started on Celexa some six months ago.  I have been on the Remeron for some 4-5 years now, but last year aspects of it stopped working for me (Remeron is notorious for doing this), so my psychiatrist started me on 20 mg of Celexa.  The combination has worked extremely well for me.

With anti-depressants, there is no telling which one will work the best for you; it is a matter of trial and error.  Some anti-depressants are more stimulating than others.  Wellbutrin is a very stimulating AD, good for depression, but I sure won't recommend it for anxiety disorders.  Zoloft, Celexa, and Lexapro are good for anxiety and depression.

Let me know what you decide and how things go for you.

As always, the very best to you, Zav!...  Chuck :grinning-smiley-003:
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