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Hi, Sandy! You know, to give you the best answer, I think I should ask you a few questions first that will help define the problem and the situation.
Let me make sure I understand: you used to have good results with benzodiazepines; but you tried Xanax XR recently and it didn't work. Is it because of the extended release part of it and you need regular Xanax or because the medication itself is not alleviating the anxiety at this time?
Are you, then, seeking something like Ambien to use short term? Can the doctor who prescribed the Xanax XR prescribe for you?
You have disability; are you then on Medicare? Can you call psychologists/therapists who accept Medicare and start working on PTSD therapy more quickly than the VA schedule?
Any extra information that will help, feel free to share.
Ambien caused me to have a blackout where I went for a drive and received a drug related DUI. This was over two years ago. I've never been in trouble with the law before and do not intend to again. The charges are still pending. I DO NOT drive under the influence. This was a fluke. In addition, and coincidentally, my State coverage AHCCCS (Arizona) ended tonight and I am no longer eligible for benefits trough this program and thus the doctor who prescribed the xanax xr. My understanding is that Medicare no longer covers any benzos I do take 20 mg Celexa (my only other drug) to help target anxiety. I'm unsure why the xr does not work. I certainly do not get any immediate relief nor good sleep. I'm guessing the short acting xanax or clonazepam works better in the short term. I'm not looking to become addicted to any drug and I understand benzo's are notorious for such addictions. I do know for a fact that they work for me in the short term.... 3 weeks to 3 months. I have had PTSD for a very long time and only acute PTSD/panic/anxiety a few times in my life. (From childhood, from returning from the first gulf war and more recently). It really is a kind of hell. I can't do anything. The VA has been terrible. My VA/Voc Rehab counselor is trying to get me the only help I can get with no other insurance, but this is the government and it takes time even if they will help me at all. I really am suffering. Is there a legal way to receive an online legal prescription for a short term solution or am I naive? I do not with to break the law. I only need help. It would be a mercy, seriously. Thank you and Respectfully, XXXXX XXXXX [email protected]
Thank you. I certainly do not wish to break the law. I will contact the agency who prescribed the xanax xr and see if they can still help me without the state insurance Arizona AHCCCS. I'm pretty certain they may be able to help with the consultation, but not with the medication costs. As I said, Medicare no longer covers benzos. I will contact them and see what they can do. In the meantime, I will continue to work with my VA/VR counselor. It appears I have no other legal choice other than to wait for help. This is unfortunate since I am suffering daily. I appreciate your advice and will give you a good recommendation. Thank you. Sandy.