Please do not answer this if you can't answer it right. I have a friend who goes out of state to get suboxone she also sees a doctor in our state to get xanax neither of the doctors know that she is doing this. She uses fake pee so neither of them will find out. Is this legal? Like can she see a sub doctor without telling them she gets xanax? Her xanax doctor doesn't know she is on suboxone either. I'm scared she will die all I want to know is if it is legal so I can stop her before something bad happens
Suboxone and Xanax are contraindicated to be taken together. Her lying to each of these physicians, her physician shopping, her fraud with using fake urine, will negate any malpractice clam should she become injured and can end up in both physicians cutting her off as a patient.
A doctor out of state should not be prescribing a medication without seeing the patient, but perhaps she has traveled for an examination. I bet if you write or call this doctor out of concern for your friend the physician would stop.
There is a recent FDA black box warning against the concomitant use of opioids like suboxone and benzodiazepines like xanax. Your friend is engaged in doctor shopping and fraud by using "fake" urine. She does not really face legal exposure for it, but her doctors do if they continue to prescribe controlled prescriptions to a patient that is clearly exhibiting signs of misuse, abuse, and/or diversion. Call the offices and report your concerns. That should get the ball rolling.
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