So last week I had to cancel an appointment with my pdoc, and wasn’t able to reschedule right away. Also last week, I noticed my meds were running low, so I called into the pharmacy to refill them. Now, my pdoc doesn’t give me refills for some reason, so the pharmacy had to contact him for authorization. No big deal, I thought, he’d done it before and it had never been an issue. But for some reason, this time he wouldn’t respond to the pharmacy.
I get a call from his office, asking when I was going to reschedule. I told them I wasn’t able to at the moment, but I mentioned that I needed my prescriptions refilled. The receptionist replied with “oh, I don’t think he’ll do that if you don’t come in.” Keep in mind, he’s authorized refills without a visit for me before, many times, and the only thing that’s changed is that I cancelled an appointment this time.
So fast forward a couple of days, and I’m now completely out of both my Sertraline and my Abilify. I call them again and leave a message on their voicemail, literally begging them to refill my prescriptions, and I’ll reschedule as soon as I can. I get no response from them, and still the pharmacy doesn’t hear anything either.
So now it seems that my pdoc is ignoring me, and forcing me into withdrawal from two major psych meds, simply because I wouldn’t reschedule the appointment right away. I guess he cares more about making money off my copay and insurance than he does about keeping me on the meds that allow me to function.
As a side note, I talked to my GP, and even though GPs prescribe Sertraline all the time, she refused to write me a prescription because, and I quote, “she doesn’t want to get involved.” This is fairly standard for her, she tends to refer and delegate instead of actually helping me herself whenever I have an appointment with her. But I can’t switch to a new GP because she’s the only doctor in the area that is certified to conduct the specific blood tests I need for my blood thinners.
But I’m not stuck with my pdoc. I’ve decided to just leave and go somewhere else. I’ll handle the withdrawal and potentially the reemergence of psychotic symptoms, but I just do not want to deal with this jackass of a pdoc any more. I see my therapist tomorrow, I’ll ask her if she knows any good ones she can refer me to. But until then, I’m off my meds. Wish me luck!