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Help. I have been on this med for 16 years. When my original doc retired, my PC took this prescription over. Now he is retiring and I asked my GI doc, who I have used for about a year, if she would take the prescription over. I did this through their portal. I get this message back that says “Recommend you find a new doctor.” Wow. I was not sure if I was being dumped or just being told that she would not prescribe that and, if I wanted it, to find a new doc. I sent back and asked if she knew of any alternative meds and/or a doc. Kinda panicked right now. 

Does anyone use a doc in the greater Seattle area that prescribes tincture of opium? Does anyone who has been cut off from this have an idea for alternatives? I had to quit using Imodium as it sucked all the moisture out of my body and  constipated me horribly.

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They had never mentioned any discomfort with the med. I did once ask her if the whole opioid crisis and the new ruleswould interfere with the opium and she just said it was under different guidelines. From that I assumed she would prescribe it if asked, but my PCP was already doing it so I didn't pursue it. 

When I go in for an appointment, I really like everyone. Through the portal, I have found responses to be abrupt. I just do not know what to think but am searching for a new gastroenterologist. 

I reviewed the message sent by my docs office and it wasn't AS blunt as I remembered. I think I just panicked. Still am nervous. I did ask why and asked if there are alternatives. They replied that long term usage led to "negative outcomes" and that if I were passing stool over 8X a day without Opium, then there might be an underlying issue going on. I decided to run with that and set up the 1st appointment I could get - in early June - to hear her out. I do plan to try to find out if she thinks the "negative" outcomes are physical or mental or both. I also plan on checking out a few other gastroenterologists just in case.

I read on here that Cleveland Clinic docs prescribe Opium. It just all makes me wonder.

Time will tell. Until then, I am thankful I just filled my prescription.

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