I had this same issue with myself, whenever I switched doctors, and recently I had to intervene on behalf of my mother (76 years old), was experiencing Panic Attacks each morning and her doctor would only prescribe .25 of Lorazepam per day, that did nothing to help my mother from locking herself in her room and afraid to drive anywhere.
The health industry in the United States, especially in California is now cracking down on all general doctors to NOT dispense Controlled Medications - due to knuckleheads that abuse them and sell them illegally in the black market. Also, California and many states have become very litigious, they are being sued by patients that abused the medications.
So we are now in a situation where - responsible people, who do need the medications are being denied - the Risk is too Great for the Family General Doctor to prescribe these type of medications.
- Get an appointment with a Psychiatrist - it is a hassle, and the wait time is almost a month, but they are much more comfortable in prescribing these controlled medication at Therapeutic Levels and can monitor you for any potential problems.
- Try a different doctor, a trust must established between you and your doctor, so they will feel comfortable dispensing these medication to you.
Feel free to let send me a message - on some ideas - that allow you to strongly assert your legal patient rights to be treated - that I had to resort to - to get my mother her proper medications.
Good luck and always try a different doctor - you need to assert your right to be properly treated!
Hope this helps.