I had been taking a benzodiazepine medicine (Xanax) for several months under the supervision of a psychiatrist. I was going through a traumatizing time in my life, and we had to keep escalating the dosage up to a point where my psychiatrist was not comfortable prescribing the drug anymore. Although I was on a high dosage of the drug, my psychiatrist suddenly refused to write me a new prescription. After running out of the drug, I experienced severe withdrawal symptoms, and wound up in the emergency room. At the emergency room, I was prescribed Xanax once again to stop the severe withdrawals. My question is, do I have a strong case for suing my former doctor for suddenly discontinuing me, considering that quitting cold turkey is contraindicated under any medical protocol?
You may have a potential claim. Were you injured? I suggest you consult with a local medical malpractice lawyer if you have been injured. Medical malpractice cases are difficult and costly to pursue. Most lawyers won't take such a case, unless there are substantial injuries. With that said, I suggest you consult with a local lawyer for further review. Good luck.
Unfortunately, the short period of time that you were going cold turkey may be insufficient to justify bringing a claim, but if you want to make sure, consult with an experienced GA medical malpractice attorney.
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