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PostPosted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 1:56 am 
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Hey everybody, I am a recovering addict and have just celebrated my 4th year sober this past November. I have been on suboxone on and off for the past 3 years now, taking 2 8mg strips daily and visit my doctor monthly. Ive never failed a drug test, ive never missed an appointment and I do what im supposed to do (what a good girl lol) ...anyways, I am a Licensed substance abuse counselor and just received my first job working with the DCF and was supposed to start training the 2nd through the 3rd week of this month. Well it got pushed forward, and we start tomorrow morning, which is great! Make a long story short, my appointment was originally scheduled for the 9th, so I had to reschedule and ended up being seen December 31st, 2013. As I was visiting with the RN, she lets me know that because im early she doesnt think she'll be able to give me my script! My doctor is on vacation till the 7th, so she ends up calling another doctor to get advice on what she should do. ..the doctor tells her he wont sign off on my script because if im early for my appointment I must be abusing them or selling them! So he wouldnt write one for me...this RN calls the pharmacist and im able to fill my script on the 4th. Now I left with nothing...no script....nothing! I live in Boston and now we are getting hit with a huge snow storm and they were closed today due to it..is it llegal for a doctor to withhold your script from you? I have a very tiny sliver left and a tight feeling in my chest...I dont know what to do...if somebody has any advice it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!


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If your original appointment was scheduled for the 9th, you should have enough until then, right?

On another note, 16mgs is quite a large dose after 3-4 years. You might find, like many of us, that 8-12 mgs doesn't really feel any different if you ween down properly. I discovered pretty early on that it was better to adjust to a lower (comfortable) dose, and have stock pile for emergencies such as this. Something like is bound to happen, it's inevitable, and we all need to be prepared as best we can.


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Tinydancer,

Thank you for your reply. I have been on and off the program for 3 to 4 years, but have just recently (a year and a half ago) gone back on because I felt I was not ready to come off the last time. Ive been on this dose for about a year and feel comfortable with this dose...I will eventually taper off. I have enough to last till monday, but I dont seem to understand the reasons why I wasnt able to leave with my script. A doctor whom ive never met decided to make an unethical judgement because I rescheduled my appointment for an earlier date. Is there somewhere that says we cannot do this? I understand there are clients who do abuse them and so forth, but fortunately I do not. I just felt it was uncalled for and necessary on his part. Thank you for your advice. I appreciate that


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Also, everyones body is different and will find where they need to be in regards to dosing. And you are right, something like this is bound to happen at one time or another, but it shouldnt. Would a doctor leave a client who has COPD without their meds because their on vacation? Probably not, but whos to say? A doctor who does that should have their clients set so the doctor taking over doesnt run into problems..unfortunately this isnt a perfect world...just my opinion on it


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Of curse you should stay at whatever dose you want to. I just wanted to offer a suggestion on what has helped many around here, avoid what you've been dealing with. When dealing with controlled substances, there are so many things that can go wrong like this. Especially a controlled substance that is still so misunderstood, like buprenorphine.

It's quite common for doctors and even pharmacists to withhold early refills/ dispensing. This just goes with the territory when you're dealing with this kind of medication, due to the fact that so many people abuse their meds. I'm sorry you're in this pickle. Wishing you luck.


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