Can a dr really refuse to take you off a med? **long rant and question**
I have mild daily anxiety, with severe occassional panic attacks along with daily migraines.
I am morbidly obese. I finally lost 30 lbs after hard work and determination!! Then my psych put me on a daily anxiety med and a "rescue" med for my anxiety attacks. Since being on this med (less than 3 mths), I have gained back all the weight, plus more. I am now at the heaviest I have ever been. Nothing has changed, beyond this daily medication.. I do not use the rescue med daily, or every other day, so its not that..
Because "weight gain" was not listed on my psych's one little list of side effects for this medication, he refuses to take me off of it. He told me the only way he will allow me to go off it is if between me and my neurologist, we can come up with "valid literature" that proves this med causes weight gain.. uh.. what??
Well after coming home severely upset, I looked it up, and the FDA has weight gain listed as an infrequent side effect on its website for this med. So where the hell did this Dr even look for side effects to see if it was one? I am seriously upset over this.. I can't quit just cold turkey but I will be bringing the literature to him next appt but this is just pissing me off.. on top of it he practically accused me for the SECOND time of being there drug seeking with my rescue med (klonopin) when I never even mentioned it! When he first prescribed it he told me to not bother asking him to increase my dosage or to ask for anything stronger because he refuses to give it to me (I didn't even ask for the klonopin).. and the second was today when I asked to remove the daily med he got defensive and said he refused to increase my klonopin.. I got mad and said I never asked you to do that I just asked you to remove the daily because of the weight gain..
I think I need to report him to his supervisor because he mocked me about the weight gain when he switched my sleeping med as well saying "well, this one won't cause weight gain" and smirked.. I am sorry but my neurologist was concerned about weight gain making my migraines worse.
Can he really just refuse? What rights do I have as the patient experiencing the side effects?