Have You Ever Refused A Drug Or Type Of Treatment?
Posted 10 July 2012 - 07:14 PM
The side effects and horror stories terrified me (I have anxiety duh) and I do not want to take this drug.
Suffering from Social Anxiety I'm already freaking out and panicked about talking to my doctor about my refusal. I just do not feel comfortable taking it.
I am currently on sick leave from work and I am afraid my doctor will say that by refusing something that could help me she can no longer support my sick leave. Is that possible?
My question is have you ever refused a drug or treatment recommended by your doctor? How did it turn out? There is a HUGE waiting list for Doctors in our area so changing physicians in NOT an option (nor would I want to - she is a wonderful doctor the problem is more than likely on my end due to my anxiety)
I feel like begging her to put me on 450 mg of wellbutrin but I feel that it's not my place to make such a request. I also want to request a referral to a psychiatrist (I am currently seeing a psychologist but have made ZERO progress in 3 years). Anyone have a similar story?
Posted 10 July 2012 - 07:32 PM
I haven't ever refused a drug. I get very anxious when a doc wants to switch meds, even when the med I'm on isn't working. What is that old saying: "The devil you know is better than the devil you don't know." I can get very irrational about getting off one med and switching to another, even if the first med is gradually tapered. Best to you
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Posted 10 July 2012 - 07:46 PM
Posted 10 July 2012 - 11:32 PM
However, don't let the internet talk you out of anything. I think you can obtain some information, but different drugs work for different people. Effexor has worked really well for some people, and not so well for others.
If you are truly suffering though, I think the risk of trying a new kind of drug is worth it. That's usually when I decide to try pharmaceuticals - when I am in agonizing despair.
If anxiety is a problem for you, do you intake alot of caffeine? Eliminating or reducing caffeine, as well as sugary and fast foods, can really help with anxiety. Do you exercise, go on walks? When it comes to mental health, evaluating your daily routines and making life-style changes is tremendously beneficial I find. Talking with friends on the phone, expanding your social boundaries and finding new activities too!
Just moniter how the drug affects you, if you don't like it try something else.
As far as your sick leave goes, be honest with your doctor, either you would like to try something else, or give effexor a shot, or just accept the prescription and tell a little white lie. :O
Hope any of this helpsss
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