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Inquiry about prescribed medicines in Poland - Xanax, benzodiazepines


Thing 2 | 9
9 Jun 2013 #1
Hi I'm coming over to Poland in approx. 10 days and I'm gonna stay for a long duration , my problem is that I suffer from panic attacks and social phobia, and I've been taking different kinds of benzodiazepines through out the last years, xanax and valium etc. ,,,,,,,,, sometime with doctors prescriptions and sometimes without. , ,,, now I need to find a doctor that can help me continue getting my medications once I'm in Poland.

Would it be easy to get xanax prescriptions or something like that?.

I'd really appreciate the help as I don't know what to do yet and it's only 10 days before I travel.

Regards,
delphiandomine 88 | 18,454
9 Jun 2013 #2
Hi I'm coming over to Poland in approx. 10 days

Why?

my problem is that I suffer from panic attacks and social phobia, and I've been taking different kinds of benzodiazepines

Polish doctors aren't like American ones, they aren't going to prescribe powerful medication for mental illnesses without a good reason.

Would it be easy to get xanax prescriptions or something like that?.

No.

If you actually need these medicines (which, given the US approach to keeping everyone doped up is unlikely), then Poland is not the place to come.

Why are you coming here?
OP Thing 2 | 9
9 Jun 2013 #3
I will study in a university there. I have to come . Now I'm worried , and become more worried as days come , I need my medication and I fear I won't be able to make a doctor understand because I don't speak polish. would it help if I bring something from my doctor describes my condition? the problem is every doctor takes his own opinion and don't care about others'.

Waiting more replies . please anybody can help reply or send me mail.
szkotja2007 27 | 1,498
9 Jun 2013 #4
Get a new doctor - one that isn't stuck in the 70's and doesn't prescribe Benzos.
Warszawette - | 128
9 Jun 2013 #5
Hi Thing! Don't you worry! In Poland, at least private doctors (and most of those working in foreign funded clinics speak English and other languages) prescribe medicines very easily (I'm often amazed). Juste note that it is often best to ask for the Polish version of medicines as prices up to several times lower. I don't know re Xanax in Poland but I know that Fluoxetin (such a name) is the Polish equivalent to Prozac and that it costs close to nothing whereas Prozac is very expensive. Although some medicines are still lacking in Poland and need to be purchased from abroad (for instance, Thyrogen, in the treatment of thyroid cancer, available from the west at some 800..... euros (....) ), there is no problem in Poland to be prescribed and to buy the medicines you are talking about. So please keep cool! :)
delphiandomine 88 | 18,454
9 Jun 2013 #6
I will study in a university there.

So you require some very strong medicine just to get out of the door, yet you're moving to a country where the treatment of the mentally ill is often...well...

I have to come .

Why?

the problem is every doctor takes his own opinion and don't care about others'.

Exactly. I can't imagine a Polish doctor happily writing a prescription for this sort of thing without having you seen by a specialist.

prescribe medicines very easily

No, they don't. They might prescribe antibiotics and other things freely, but they don't mess around with mind-altering drugs. They know what they can prescribe and get away with - but they won't get away with prescribing this sort of thing freely.

there is no problem in Poland to be prescribed

That really is about as misleading as it gets.

Get a new doctor - one that isn't stuck in the 70's and doesn't prescribe Benzos.

American way, isn't it?
Warszawette - | 128
9 Jun 2013 #7
Delph: I assume that you don't have much of an experience with Polish medecine. Unfortunately I do. I wouldn't talk about NFZ doctors since I don't know but as far as I know, in private facilities (I personally know Damian, Medicover, Enel-Med, Lux-Med and Signal-Iduna in Warsaw) and I can assure that doctors prescribe anything very easily and also tend to exagerate. I'm really amazed because in the west, it's usually much harder. As to medicine mentioned by Thing, I had to have some prescribed to me some years ago and I know numerous people in Poland who did take or who take such medicines and no problem to get them. Should the author of the post want to contact me, I'll give him more info. And obviously, any Polish doctor shall be able to treat Thing and to prescribe whatever he needs

It is not because someone does not know about something that the said thing does not exist ;).
PS: no need to get a fit and insult people!
grspring 11 | 56
9 Jun 2013 #8
With a year to go before moving I haven't really gotten to the problem of medication yet. I assumed I would have my written prescriptions from America and bring a 90 day supply of needed medication with me. I take common blood thinners. I thought I would find a doctor and present my medical history (which I travel with) and my prescription needs. I didn't think this would be too complicated. Am I wrong?
OP Thing 2 | 9
9 Jun 2013 #9
Hi Warszawette ,

Thank you so much for your reply,

I don't care about Prozac and other Antidepressants , they never worked for me , what really worked for me are benzodiazepines , that's why I asked about them. Do you know if private doctors perscribe those?

I don't mind going to a private doctor and pay him as much as he want although I'm medically covered. Also should it be a psychiatrist or any kind of doctors will do? do you have any experience in this?

Thanks.

Get a new doctor - one that isn't stuck in the 70's and doesn't prescribe Benzos.

I have a doctor here although he's most of the times unneeded ,,,,, I want a doctor like that in Poland .
delphiandomine 88 | 18,454
9 Jun 2013 #10
And what will you do if you require medical intervention in Poland?

It seems bizarre that you would willingly move to a country with rather poor provision for mentally ill people. You do realise that Poland is not a great place to be if you require treatment, right?
OP Thing 2 | 9
9 Jun 2013 #11
And what will you do if you require medical intervention in Poland?

That's why I'm asking for a doctor not a drug dealer. I'm not moving willingly to Poland , and I don't know whether it has (poor provision for mentally ill people) or not, some personal things occurred in my life and made me wanna move , It's not like I wanna move to it to get medicines.

Why would you say Poland has poor provision, anyway? Do you have experiences in that field?
delphiandomine 88 | 18,454
9 Jun 2013 #12
You're not moving willingly here and you have some issues with mental health? This really doesn't sound like a good idea.

Why would you say Poland has poor provision, anyway? Do you have experiences in that field?

Let's just say that "lock them up and throw away the key" is still the mantra here.
OP Thing 2 | 9
9 Jun 2013 #13
It's not like I live in a mental hospital in here, I have a social issue and with my medication everything is fine, and I hope it goes the same way in Poland. and please I don't need your sarcasm in every post.
johnb121 4 | 184
9 Jun 2013 #14
I didn't think this would be too complicated

grspring - I'm from the UK and moved to Poland last year. I have medical cover through LuxMed and they have been excellent. I began with a meeting to talk through my medical history, with a copy of my prescriptions from the UK. I moved on to a LuxMed cardiologist who has also been excellent. Prescriptions have been no trouble, appointments easy enough to get and tests and so on very easy to arrange. You have to take your prescription to a pharmacy, but everyone does so that's just part of the process.

One point, btw. Before you can be given anaesthetic by a dentist they'll want clearance from a cardiologist. Simple, but not the first time you need urgent treatment!
grspring 11 | 56
9 Jun 2013 #15
I hope it goes the same way in Poland

Since I am moving to Poland and only for a couple of years I have learned that things are not the same way there. After what I though to be through research in the area of apartment buying, including having a real estate agent and opening a bank account, the surprises were many. Some of this was due to being lost in translation and some to my not asking the correct question the correct way. On the home front there was also confusion as I tried to explain the Polish business matrix to my small town bank.

I would hope you do as much as possible on this end prior to moving. Get 90 supplies of your medication, a copy of your medical history and find a doctor as soon as possible after arrival. This is exactly what I had to do when moving to a different state after retiring.
nasadki - | 43
9 Jun 2013 #16
Come to Poland with an active prescription and a letter from your doctor. If you dont have that, you shouldnt come.

This isnt a joke, you can die from withdrawal of benzodiazepines if your habit is bad enough. I doubt you will be able to find them on the street in Poland.

How bad is your habit? How many mgs/day of xanax do you take?
OP Thing 2 | 9
10 Jun 2013 #17
I'll try to do that, thanks . I take a lot nasadki, like 8-10mgs/day .
nasadki - | 43
12 Jun 2013 #18
oh my goodness. You need to be careful with a dosage like that, you cant go cold turkey, at the very least you will likely have seizures from the withdrawal if you arent able to find a doctor that will prescribe you a benzo.
Marta420
21 Jun 2017 #19
Obviously some judgment people when they see things like doctors that prescribe benzos are stuck in the 70s they clearly have no idea what they're talking about when it comes to anxiety depression etc. so before you talk about a disease that you don't have idea about how bout ask the person hey have you tried anything else for example I mean I'm 34 I have anxiety mu entire life I've been put on everything and anything that is not a benzo for over 10 years since I've had severe anxiety and guess what none of them none of them allowed me to sleep allowed me to close my eyes and allowed me to feel knowing that i be able to sleep at night as long as I properly took my medication
terri 1 | 1,664
21 Jun 2017 #20
The best drug on the market is Seroxat.
johnny reb 33 | 7,293
21 Jun 2017 #21
How bad is your habit?

Exactly.......a cop out easy fix habit as most anxiety attacks subside by themselves in a short period of time.
Practice some self control.
These drugs are just and excuse to walk around in la la land.
Trying getting some serious physical exercise every day, cut out the marijuana and high energy drinks including soda and get on a regular sleep schedule.

Marijuana use creates EXTREME anxiety in many people as does cocaine in everyone.
A good diet is very important.
Turn the t.v. and computer off and take your dog for an hour walk every day.
Before you know it your drug dependence will be gone and you will be able to function like a normal human being.
Your Doctor is not always your best friend as he/she gets a percentage of every prescription they write.
Natural vitamins like valium/valria root or some good camel mile tea is most relaxing once you detoxify yourself from the prescription drugs.
To use these drugs recreationally leads to dependence.
Life is choices, good choices good things happen, bad choices bad things happen.
Drug abuse is a bad choice.
terri 1 | 1,664
21 Jun 2017 #22
Only people who have never suffered from anxiety and depression would say that a good diet, natural vitamins and life choices - are the answer.
Joker 2 | 2,427
21 Jun 2017 #23
That's why I'm asking for a doctor not a drug dealer

Dude, Just ignore DD. He's the forum Troll!

Hover your cursor above his username and see all the warnings and suspensions this clown receives.
jon357 71 | 20,392
21 Jun 2017 #24
The best drug on the market is Seroxat.

That one can have some very nasty side effects and in any case isn't prescribed for the same things as Valium or Xanax.
gumishu 11 | 5,993
21 Jun 2017 #25
I have anxiety mu entire life

if you read it Marta I have something that MIGHT help you - I can direct you to a special prayer that is meant for spiritual protection - it helped me numerous times with anxiety, paranoia and other psychological issues - if you want me to post the link to the prayer answer in the thread
johnny reb 33 | 7,293
21 Jun 2017 #26
would say that a good diet, natural vitamins and life choices - are the answer.

It is a start to get a person who is addicted to meds for recreational use off them.
Valium and Zanax are merely band aids to the problem.
Try getting some exercise and wean yourself off the "feel good meds" that only prolong the symptoms.

who have never suffered from anxiety and depression would say that

I beg to differ with you.
Chris2
15 Nov 2017 #27
My 90 yr old father needs pregabaline or gabapentine to deal with his bad hand trembling (tremors); is there a medication in Poland for him? Thank you
DominicB - | 2,709
15 Nov 2017 #28
Both drugs are available in Poland.
Nicepeach2
5 Oct 2018 #29
A friend moved to Poland 86 years old. Is there an insurance for prescriptions and doctors he can purchase
I have friend who is 86 and has moved to Poland, is there an insurance for doctors and prescription drugs this the can purchase and how costly
Looker - | 1,119
5 Oct 2018 #30
Check the cost here - it seems that it's not much expensive there
axa-assistance-insurance.eu/pl/ArrangeInsurance.aspx?type=INC&language=pl-PL


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