Trouble Getting My Medication for Schizoaffective Anxiety

June 6, 2024 Elizabeth Caudy

I am having trouble getting a medication for my schizoaffective anxiety. The main issue is that it is now considered a controlled substance, so my insurance is very wary of accepting an updated prescription with a slightly greater dose. Let me tell you more about my problems getting this medication for my schizoaffective anxiety.

I Understand the Trouble Getting Medication for Schizoaffective Anxiety

One of the reasons this medication is considered a controlled substance is that there is a low risk of dependency or abuse. I take this prescription medication for my schizoaffective anxiety as needed and have done so for years. If I take more of it than is prescribed, it is potentially addictive, and, even worse, I could overdose on it.

So, I get it. There is reason for concern. But it doesn’t change the fact that I, a person who takes it as prescribed, am having trouble getting this medication.

Now, I don’t want you to think that I’m completely out of medication and can’t get more. I have enough to get me by for at least a few weeks as long as I take it as prescribed. The problem is that my psychiatric nurse practitioner (NP) lowered my dosage recently, which worked fine for a few weeks, but then I started having a really hard time with the new dosage of schizoaffective anxiety medication. I asked her if we could go back up to what I used to take. She called in a prescription to my pharmacy for some more of the medication, with a supply of extra medication for when I’m having acute anxiety. However, I had recently called in for a refill, so my insurance wouldn’t cover it. Even though I have medication for now, I have to be careful when I take it.

I have to ration it out because I'm having trouble getting this medication. I have to consider if I'm feeling anxious enough to warrant taking the anti-schizoaffective anxiety medication.

Is Anyone to Blame for the Trouble Getting My Medication for Schizoaffective Anxiety?

I don’t feel I can honestly blame my NP for my situation. It’s not her fault my insurance is having difficulty with this. But I do miss my former psychopharmacologist, who retired because she was very good with this sort of thing and held my hand through it.

This problem of getting my medication for schizoaffective anxiety loomed over my recent trip to Door County with my mom, even though we still managed to have a good time. And it’s looming over my Memorial Day weekend. It stinks.

Watch this video for an update on my trouble getting medication for schizoaffective anxiety.

APA Reference
Caudy, E. (2024, June 6). Trouble Getting My Medication for Schizoaffective Anxiety, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 19 from

Author: Elizabeth Caudy

Elizabeth Caudy was born in 1979 to a writer and a photographer. She has been writing since she was five years old. She has a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago. She lives outside Chicago with her husband, Tom. Find Elizabeth on Google+ and on her personal blog.

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