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Hi guys,

I cannot seem to find this answered anywhere and a google search only points me to those foreign no rx sites, so I figured I'd ask here.

I've been on klonopin/celexa for about 2-3 years out of the past 5. First for a year with one shrink, then I decided to go off it for a while; then I got another shrink and after a while we both decided I'd go on it again to cope with social and general anxiety. About a year ago I got laid off, moved out of state (was in MA) to South Cali. I tapered off the klonopin, which was pretty rough but was doing ok till I started having some major chest pains and eventually landed a pretty major panic attack that spooked me enough to go to the ER. They referred me to a free clinic where I got enough klonopin to last me for about 4 months.

But now, unfortunately, the chest pains are back and a lot of anxiety that comes with that. I still have my old bottles and contact info for the doctor from 2 years ago plus the free clinic, but I'm confused about how to go about getting it renewed. My major problem is that I've been traveling around the country for the past 5 months so I'm no longer in SoCal, which is why I haven't gone to the same place (although the doctor there told me he wouldn't renew it but that I'd have to see a specialist). I've tried calling some free clinics on the way, but usually there's a huge wait time and they generally frown upon me saying "hey I don't have insurance, can I get my prescription renewed please" and tell me stuff like "you have to establish a relationship with the doctor" or want me to wait 3 months for new patient and then pay a lot of money to see a doctor, who they say may not even prescribe the pills. Basically, it's a really big run around, and if you have hard anxiety like I do, you know it's pretty hard to deal with that as it is. It's a major major pain for me to even bring myself to call a clinic, much more to go there and deal with all this, given all the uncertainty.

I would greatly appreciate some advice. I'm currently temporarily staying in the Bay Area, but googling free clinics near my city only brought me to one which requires a minimum of 61 dollars to visit (the one in SoCal was 20 bucks) and they gave me a runaround about making an appointment (as in they told me to call later for some reason, then transferred me to their business department to give me the quote, then hung up). It sounds pretty damn sketchy to say "hey I'm not from the area, but please give me some drugs," so I'd like to know if I have a better way to go about it before I throw money at this place. Would really appreciate it.
 

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Well, I managed to see a county clinic doc finally. Received celexa but not klonopin. She went off on a holistic new age rant for a while then when I told her about my history she just got pissed and said they don't just give out klonopins cause it's a controlled substance. I offered to give all my past history from my shrinks, have it released and everything but she just kinda nodded her head and told me to get it from them if I need it so badly. They're 3000 miles away back in Boston and are like 200+ an hour so that's not really feasible.
Is it really that hard to get this stuff without insurance, how the hell do people get by. I've lost pretty much all the friends I've had since I've been off this stuff and now that I'm settled somewhere new and would like to make some new ones, it's just not going well for me.
 

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How do people get by? Another tragedy from an American who is sick (thus most likely doesn't have insurance cause he/she is sick) and can't afford to see a doctor. In the rest of the civilized world, seeing a doctor is free, and Klonopin costs about $21 for a bottle of it when you include dispensing fee.
 

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How do people get by? Another tragedy from an American who is sick (thus most likely doesn't have insurance cause he/she is sick) and can't afford to see a doctor. In the rest of the civilized world, seeing a doctor is free, and Klonopin costs about $21 for a bottle of it when you include dispensing fee.
I agree with American's health problems, I am a fellow american.

I pay a 400$ premium every month, not to mention my company pays probably the other half, so my health insurance costs me about 800$ a month.

Add in copays and specialists it costs an extra 25$-50$ to see a dr.

Which I am happy to have the care and it is relatively cheap in the U.S. but it should be cheaper. I can't really afford to see a psychologists anymore because thats 40 bucks any time I go to a session.

America needs health reform but the republicans are making it hard for Obama to get anything done because they want him to look bad and they don't want to pass anything.
 

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My boyfriend went through the same thing as you when he was uninsured. There was a free clinic in town but sometimes they gave him trouble about refilling his klonopin. They preached about therapy, holistic stuff, group activities, but after many years of trying to figure out what worked for him, he just wanted klonopin.

Not sure where in the Bay Area you are, but he went to the free clinic in Santa Rosa. They don't charge anything, but you have to wait in line for an hour or two. When you do get a refill, fill it at Costco, they are by far the cheapest and you don't have to be a member to use the pharmacy.
 

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Thanks for the advice.. I was in San Diego a short while ago and was tempted to cross the border but I was pretty worried about getting back in and thought there would be a way I could get it from a clinic. I'm looking into online pharmacies right now but that appears to be equally sketchy/dangerous.

Santa Rosa sounds like a great place but it's a 2 hour drive from here (I'm an hour south of SF). There's a 2nd clinic here that someone local recommended but it's 80 bucks a visit. It almost seems to make more sense to take a gamble online, as it's a hit/miss either way for similar $$.

After doing some more extensive research, I guess the answer is that there is no straight forward way to go about this. It really sucks because I've tried a cocktail of various drugs over the past 7-10 years and klonopin is the only one that worked for me; it actually makes me feel 100% normal and functional. I don't really like to depend on it which is why I'd go off it for periods of time but when the going gets tough it was super helpful. Kind of sucks the doctor looked at me like I'm some drug addict trying to score.
 
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