I just got back from my six month check up, and I wasn’t 100% happy with my visit. I told my doctor that I was doing well except for some triggered panic attacks. In response he raised my dosage from 75mg. He said that we can take it slowly up to 200mg if need be. I asked him if there was anything that would help me during a panic attack. He said that Xanax would probably help but he didn’t want to prescribe it to me yet. He said he wanted me to go to therapy first, and to keep a journal of when I have panic attacks. All of this was fine by me, I have been looking for a therapist anyways. However, I could be wrong, but I don’t think that therapy can stop someone’s body from physically going into a panic attack, My doctor also said that he didn’t want to prescribe it to me yet because he knew that my husband was an addict, and he didn’t want him to have the chance to get ahold of my medicine and abuse it. He raises a valid concern, but I don’t think that it is fair to ME to keep me from a medication that would help me all because my husband is an addict. I didn’t go into my visit fully convinced that I even wanted Xanax, but when I left I somehow felt judged…like even asking about the medication made me suspicious to them. I know that this isn’t true, but it felt like it at the time. I understand the restrictions on it, after all, it is an addictive substance. However, I think that it shouldn’t be this hard to get for people who actually need it.
A funny thing that happed during my appointment was that my doctor noted my recent weight gain and asked if I needed him to switch my medication to something that would be less likely to make me gain weight. I just laughed and told him the meds likely weren’t the problem haha.
Love Always, AnxiouslyM