Good morning Linda,
I'm Doug, and I'm very sorry to hear of your situation. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today. I have been a CA licensed attorney for more than 3 decades.
This seems like a very crucial matter for you, and your questions and issues suggest that an in-depth conversation might best suit your needs. If you are interested, for a very nominal charge of just $5 more I can offer you a personal phone conference during which there is no limitation on the number of questions you can ask of me, as opposed to continuing in this question and answer thread which is searchable and viewable by the public.
Let me know if you don't want a call and I will be happy continue here with an answer for you.
Either way, whether I call you or not, in order to give you a clear and concise answer, I will need some additional information about the circumstances, please.
1. Did your physician follow your tapering off of the medication or did you do this on your own?
2. When did you first suspect the symptoms you were experiencing were a direct result of the drug?
3. Does your physician concur in your feelings about the cause of your present disability?
4. Are you taking the medication again? I ask because you wrote: "...I'm unable to practice without the medication."
5. Have you spoken with an attorney yet about the possibility of a lawsuit?
6. Have you seen a physician who regularly deals with drug abuse generally, and withdrawal from drugs specifically, about the withdrawal symptoms?
Thanks in advance,