What options do I have if my doctor stops prescribing a non-opiate, medically necessary medication?

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What options do I have if my doctor stops prescribing a non-opiate, medically necessary medication?

She claims state law or other guidance on opiates compelled her to decide to stop prescribing the medication. However, it is a non-opiate drug that I have

been using for a decade to control vertigo attacks.

Asked on October 31, 2018 under Malpractice Law, Colorado

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Your option is to find another doctor. You cannot force a doctor to prescribe medicine that she believes is medically unnecessary, potentally harmful, or inappropriate. The doctor uses her medical judgment in treatment, which includes prescriptions; if you disagree with her judgment, you are free to find another doctor whose judgment/treatment you agree with, but you (as a non-doctor especially) have no legal right or power to make her prescribe medicine against her will.


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