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Old 03-07-2017, 10:59 AM
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I just moved to Wilmington from CT and I am looking for a family doctor. My CT internist had prescribed Xanax for my panic attacks and she said that I should not run out as it can cause seizures.
I have heard that doctors are reluctant to prescribe Xanax but that was not the case in CT.
I'm 65 and I want to find a good family doctor that can meet my needs. Thanks.
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Old 03-07-2017, 11:11 AM
Location: South Carolina
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Xanax (alprazolam) is a Schedule IV prescription drug to treat anxiety and panic disorder. It is a sedative.

According to Drugs.com:
To make sure Xanax is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
  • seizures or epilepsy;
  • kidney or liver disease (especially alcoholic liver disease);
  • asthma or other breathing disorder;
  • open-angle glaucoma;
  • a history of depression or suicidal thoughts or behavior;
  • a history of drug or alcohol addiction; or
  • if you also use a narcotic (opioid) medication.
Do you have a family history of family members having seizures?
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Old 03-07-2017, 04:27 PM
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No family history of seizures but my doctor in CT said if I stop taking it suddenly I could have seizures. So in addition to needing to find a family physician in Wilmington I need one who will write me an RX before I run out.
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Old 03-07-2017, 04:43 PM
Location: South Carolina
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Does your current prescription have refills remaining?

Do you have a medical profile of prescribed medications you currently take, over the counter medications, vitamins and supplements you currently take, allergies, medical conditions, etc. readily available to present to your future primary care provider?
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Old 03-08-2017, 03:54 AM
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There are a few hundred doctors in Wilmington, many associated with New Hanover Regional Medical center.
Here are 111 that show up with a quick search.


Call one close to you, make an appointment. Have the information about your doctor in CT as well as your script with you when you go. Your new doctor can call your old doctor if need be, and most likely you will leave with a new script. If you have any refills remaining, just call your old pharmacy, give the name of your new pharmacy and they will transfer the script.
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Old 03-10-2017, 08:17 AM
Location: Tampa Bay
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I've moved a lot. I've found that most doctors are reluctant to start a script, but seem to be set at ease when another doctor has started the script.

I take a medication that has a stigma to it. My condition was discovered while I was going to Dr. Broadbent at NHRMC in Ogden. He had me go to 2 different specialists to assure him that the medication would not be a problem for me. One said "i have no doubt it would help you immensely". When the specialists agreed that I should be on the medication, Broadbent told me he would not prescribe it because of the stigma. I immediately fired him.

I took my records, blood work and suggestions from the specialists to Dr. Ryan Dougherty at Wilmington Health Porters neck. He reviewed the records, agreed that I would benefit from the treatment, made sure I understood the risks and consequences of this medication and began treatment. I saw Dr. Dougherty every 2 weeks for a few months, every appointment was full of professionalism and care. He was knowledgeable, spent as much time as I wanted discussing my health and when he didn't agree with me he would explain why. I appreciate that he didn't form an opinion and expect me to blindly obey without knowing why. If I moved back to ILM I would return to this physician.

I don't know how he feels about Xanax. I know that drug is a very touchy subject in the medical community and doctors face scrutiny from the government for prescribing similar meds. You should know that it can be a big problem for you, but I'm sure you've researched your condition and the medication.

When you are looking for a new doctor call the office and ask if they have any objections to prescribing the medication. Explain that you are new to town, been on the drug for x years and want to be sure you select a physician that is knowledgeable with your condition and it's treatment.
I didn't do this on one move and ended up with a good primary who was unfamiliar with my condition. He needed to send me to a specialists, and the specialist had a 5 month wait for an appointment. The new primary care was willing to refill my med as it was written, but only if I had the specialist lined up.

When you find a new doctor make an appointment and be prepared to prove that you are not abusing this and any other drugs you are on. Bring your meds with you showing the fill date and show the doctor that you you have the proper amount of pills remaining. Print out your prescription history from your pharmacy showing that you don't have multiple prescriptions. The unfortunate reality is that you'll need to prove that you are not a drug seeker or addict.

Chances are you'll have a wait to get into the new doc. You will probably need a refill before your next appointment. Call your old doctor and tell them that you've moved, have an appointment with Dr X on x/x/2017 but you'll run out of meds before then. Be ready to give your new doctor's phone number so they can confirm your appointment. Do this early, since it's a controlled substance the doctor may need to mail the physical prescription to you. Doctors can now transmit controlled substances to pharmacies electronically, but not all doctors have this capability. Some pharmacy staff may not be up on the new rules either, I had to have this argument with a CVS staff member recently. This is a federal regulation, so don't get mad at your doc or the pharmacy for the hoops you need to jump through, they are annoyed by it too.

Now remember that this is difficult because this drug has a huge potential for abuse. If you aren't taking as prescribed or aren't being completely honest with anyone, including yourself, about how you use this drug please seek help. I know several people who have had their lives completely destroyed by this and similar drugs. Some are dead, some are living a life of crime, some moved to heroin because it's cheaper and easier to get, and a few cleaned up their lives. Addiction is a real monster, addicts aren't bad people, but they can only be helped when they realize they need the help. If anyone reading this is having trouble please find help. Help is out there.
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Old 03-10-2017, 11:50 AM
Location: Eastern NC
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I would think that you would need to see a Psychiatrist for Xanax rather than a family doctor. The family docs me and my wife see are very reluctant to prescribe psyc. meds.
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Old 03-12-2017, 05:15 PM
Location: Southport, NC
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Book06, how is the search for a new family doctor going? Have you been able to get some medication?
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Old 03-14-2017, 06:57 AM
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I have an appointment this week. I guess I will find out if they will write me an RX for Xanax. Xanax never has refills so that option is out.
I do not take any other prescription meds only the usual vitamins like calcium, D, multi etc.
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Old 03-15-2017, 08:47 AM
Location: Cape Fear, North Carolina
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Pharmacies in NC will honor a prescription from a doctor in CT. Have you tried going that route?
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