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Medicine (pills) lead to Depression, seeking general guidance without specifics

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BeachGirl84

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Several years ago I began seeking treatment for a rare disease called MALS (Median arcuate ligament syndrome) and was seen by a top provider as my symptoms included discomfort with eating and stomach pain. Within the clinic I had a Primary Physician that was quarterbacking my treatment. One of the steps involved going to a Psychologist which I was prescribed medication (Klonopin) to treat the symptoms of the MALS as they thought it was merely psychological (in my head). In December of 2017 I had an angiogram performed which solidified the MALS issue, however the surgeons declined to move forward as they had a different opinion that it was in my head as childhood trauma. This left me hopeless and instead of giving up, my family researched MALS through social media and was able to identify a list of top doctors/specialist that worked on MALS. I sought treatment with another clinic through a specialist (top 3rd doctor) and within months had surgery that alleviated the the symptoms. Keep in mind I was still (and currently) taking the prescribed medication (Klonopin). Given that the top provider refused to perform surgery which was done through a different provider, I changed primary doctors and moved to a different clinic.

I am seeking guidance today on how to remove myself from Klonopin as the side effects are not providing a good quality of life, and they were prescribed to treat the stomach issues which have now been resolved.
I do not know what to do next to remove this medication as it seems to have created/contributed to depression. As medical marijuana is becoming more widely accepted, I am looking for how to identify a doctor that can safely transition me from one to the other. The issue I am running into is when researching doctors, I cannot find one that seems safe from an eagle eye perspective. This means that the building/office looks shady or the reviews are not encouraging. I am not discounting that I now have depression, but the current prescribed medicine was prescribed to treat the symptoms of MALS as the prescribor did not have knowledge of MALS given it is rare and concluded it was psychological.

How do I find legitimate doctors that can help with this to transition off Klonopin and explore medical marijuana? I am not asking for names or medical advice, instead looking patient advocacy that can provide recommended online searches to identify a doctor as a conduit between the depression medication and medical marijuana.
 
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Only your psychiatrist can tell you how to taper off Klonopin, with your psychiatrist taking into consideration any other meds that you are on.
 
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