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I was the one to inform my doctor of the recall. I had to make an appointment with her a week later just to ask "what do I do now"? She gave me presciptions for Levbid and Colestid, which I've not filled due to the side effects. about 3 weeks ago I compiled some info into a file including the NY Times article, physicians petition, copy of my letter to Wolfe and a personal letter from me to her asking for help in finding me a GI, finding out about restricted use programs, etc... no one was in the office, so I slipped it in through the mail slot. I've not heard one word from her or her office. I realize that shes a busy woman, even though her practice is fairly small. But shouldn't I be able to expect a little common courtesy?!I know, I need a new doctor, but around here you have to have a referal to see any kind of specialist and I don't like to call because they won't let me speak with the doctor...they give me the nurse and shes been anything, but helpful. I'm a rather meek person...its not easy for me to assert myself, so I'd appreciate some advice...should I call my doctor's office or make another appointment, which I will have to pay for or what? I'm feeling very frustrated.
 

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LeeAnne,I am so sorry your doctor has treated you that way! I ran into the same situation as you did with both my GI and my GP. I found out on my own about the withdrawal of Lotronex. After my supply ran out(mid December), I called my GI and asked the receptionist, "What next? Am I just out of luck, or what?" She had the nerve to laugh at me for saying that, but I was at the end of my rope. I honestly did not know what to do next. She asked the doctor what he wanted to prescribe in place of the Lotronex, and he wanted to give me Paxil. I was a bit irritated at that because I am currently taking Zoloft and Xanax, neither of which help the IBS. So she asked the doctor again, and he prescribed Pamine. I have never heard of this medication before, but I can say it doesn't work! I didn't even get the priveledge of an appointment as you did! It took them 4 days to call in the meds to my pharmacy, then the pharmacy had to order the meds. So, I went 2 weeks with no meds.Then, this past Friday, I took the Physician Support letter to my GP that I have known since we were kids (his dad and my dad taught at the same school). I wanted to talk to him for just 5 minutes, but the receptionist acted like I was asking to talk to the President of the United States! Anyway, she made me leave the note for him to read and she said she would call me. Tuesday came around, and I heard nothing, so I called them. She put me on hold and then came back to say very rudely that, "He is not going to endorse that, ok? Goodbye." I was SO mad! I am still debating on sending him a nasty letter and telling him I am no longer his patient.So, you can see, I have had troubles with my doctors just like you. Assert yourself and don't be afraid! What is it going to hurt? You said you were looking for a new doctor anyway so who cares if you step on toes? My mother always tell me, "The squeaky wheel gets oiled!" I'll stand up to my doctors, if you stand up to yours!Good luck, and keep me posted!Melissa
 
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Thanks for your story, melissa! I called today to ask for the name and number for a GI she had told me about...3 hours now and she hasn't called back! I think if we can get by the receptionist and the nurse then the doctor is usaully helpful, but they guard the docs like the Secret Sevice!
 

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Good for you LeeAnne! Keep at 'em! I guess I am going to have to make an appointment with my doctor since I can't seem to be able to just talk to him!
 
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