Never Stop Medications Without Talking To Physician

By Latest Reply 2009-01-16 14:10:19 -0600
Started 2009-01-16 06:51:47 -0600

I know for some people this is hard to do because of problems with financially obtaining medications. But, this is a very serious situation.

A lot of people stop medications because they think they are not working for them. And they may not be, but the risk you take when dropping medications suddenly good be even worse.

You always need to talk to physicians about medications (no matter what you want to do) first.

The results (for some)can be fatal.

9 replies

2009-01-16 13:30:11 -0600 Report

It's always been my opinion to never stop taking any medications without talking to your doctor first. Just because that medication isn't working for you, that doesn't mean there isn't another one out there that can replace that one. Going off meds without talking to your doctor and getting a replacement, could do more harm than good.

Karmul 2009-01-16 09:33:44 -0600 Report

I too quit my meds without talking to my doctor.
The problem is though I kept telling him they were not working and all he did was up the dosage…
The only thing that was accomplishing was making it more and more expensive and it was not working at all.
Moving my legs back and forth helped more than the meds…not to say that helped a great deal either but the meds did not help at all…was like a placebo…and quite frankly I did not want to spend good money on a drug that was not working.
My biggest gripe about doctors is the fact that some of them (not all) treat the disease and not the person…and although we all have diabetes, we all respond to foods and medicines differently as well as other treatments. Each one of us has to find the combination that works for us. And doctors have to be willing to devote the time and energy to us that will insure us a good treatment.
I'll get off my soap box now…haha.

highlandcitygirl 2009-01-16 10:04:45 -0600 Report

no , you don't have to stop! get up and preach some more!

Karmul 2009-01-16 10:18:09 -0600 Report

Well I hate to gripe about doctors but I have some that I would like to choke with my bare hands.
I have a few that I love to death and think the world of…and then there are others that I think maybe should go back for a bit more training…mostly in bedside manners…haha.

2009-01-16 13:22:31 -0600 Report

I agree with the fact that doctors, like
every other specialists should update their degrees and experience.

From what I see, all they do is read journals and reviews. SOme do research, but not all.

But, I still think that if you can not get results (especially about medications) than it is to start looking for a new doctor.

Karmul 2009-01-16 13:32:02 -0600 Report

Only problem with that is the fact I don't live in an area where I can find a new doctor that readily. I live in a small town so to find another doctor would require driving further…plus there is the fact I have a PPO for insurance which means I am supposed to choose a doctor on a LIST…
So you see it that simple to change doctors.

highlandcitygirl 2009-01-16 09:00:40 -0600 Report

i never even thought to ask my doctor about stopping the generic neurontin, i just did it because it didn't help me and my thinking was, if it doesn't help why pay? guess it was a wrong decision. its done now and i'm alright!

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