Opiate Maintenance Drugs
Suboxone/Subutex (buprenorphine) or Methadone:
- A suboxone program is available. This provider will not prescribe suboxone along with a benzodiazepine.
- This provider does not prescribe Subutex unless it is a pregnant woman.
- This provider cannot prescribe methadone.
Adderall, Concerta, Dexedrine, Focalin, Medadate, Methylin, ProCentra, Ritalin, Vyvanse, etc:
- It was recently passed in the state of Ohio that nurse practitioners can prescribe these medications, however the law excludes nurse practitioners in private practice, such as myself.
Benzodiazepines (a type of anxiolytic/anxiety medication)
Ativan (lorazepam), Dalmane (flurazepam), Klonopin (clonazepam), Librium (chlordiazepoxide), Restoril (tempazepam), Serax (oxazepam), Valium (diazepam), Xanax (alprazolam):
- These medications work very similar to alcohol on the brain.
- Your body can become physically dependent on these medications with frequent dosing and increased dosages.
- If someone is struggling with an alcohol or drug addiction I do not recommend these medications as they can trigger addiction pathways in the brain.
- In a person without a drug or alcohol addiction I believe they should be used very cautiously.
- If you are currently on a benzodiazepine for anxiety, and are transferring mental health services to my practice, you could possibly be expected to try alternatives for anxiety.
- If you have been prescribed a benzodiazepine by another provider in the past, and I do not feel it is the best drug of choice for your anxiety, I will recommend alternatives to be tried.