A community member said, "I'm just about to run out of Citalopram over the period of three to four days. What can I expect from stopping suddenly?"
She went on to say, "I've been working non-stop the last two weeks and have now been snowed in so I haven't had a chance to get myself to the doctor to renew my prescription! Today is Thursday and I have one more dose until I'm out completely, and tomorrow I have no time to get to the doctor. What are some things I can expect to happen from stopping Citalopram suddenly? I know that if I am aware of the side effects then I will hopefully be able to handle them accordingly until Monday when I can get a repeat."
If this happens to you, the first thing you need to do is contact the pharmacy. They may be able to give you a few days supply until you can get an order for a refill.
If you only miss a few doses, the effects probably won't be too bad. If your pills are tablets, you can often cut them into smaller pieces using a pill splitter or...
Opioid medications have a natural property that causes physical dependence. Other medications used to treat high blood pressure , depression , and inflammation can do the same. Common substances, like caffeine, have that property. Because our bodies adapt, it is normal for these chemicals to become "known to us" over the time of exposure. When abruptly or too rapidly taken away, our bodies revolt. That experience can range from uncomfortable to life-threatening, particularly if we have other medical problems such as diabetes or heart disease . Feelings of withdrawal have been reported in varying degrees by signs such as an increase in sweating, rapid heart rate, nausea, diarrhea, goosebumps, headaches, inability to sleep and agitation.
At times, the pain provider may decide that it is advisable in the treatment plan to discontinue opioid therapy. It may be for one of the following reasons:
intolerable or uncontrolled side effects
serious non-adherence to the treatment plan or unsafe pa...
Some chronic pain patients, particularly in Florida, are finding it difficult to fill their oxycodone prescriptions at their local pharmacies. Pharmacists are telling them they don't have any oxycodone. But is that true? Maybe, maybe not.
Technically, according to the DEA, there is no shortage of oxycodone. Pharmaceutical companies are producing it at normal levels. What is in short supply are pharmacists who are willing and able to fill your prescription.
Here's the Story...
Florida has had a huge problem with unscrupulous doctors prescribing and often also dispensing large quantities of opioids, primarily oxycodone, from storefront operations commonly called “pill mills.” According to a 2011 NPR report, doctors in Florida were prescribing 10 times more oxycodone than all the other U.S. states combined.
In an effort to curb this oxy epidemic, the DEA began cracking down not only on Florida doctors, but also on pharmacies and wholesale drug dis...
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