Can an internist prescribe my anxiety medication? Now that I'm not pregnant or breastfeeding I'd like to go back on it..
Our doctor practice I have signed up for says it's both general physicians and internists. I've been on the medication on and off for years. Quite frankly, Asperger's+tons of changes=anxious!
What exactly IS an internist?
An internist is an MD (or possibly DO) physician who did a 3 year internal medicine residency after medical school. Internal medicine is the care of adults - they do not take care of children or pregnant women, unless they have completed additional training.
Some internists might prescribe anti-anxiety medication - you'd really have to ask. They are able to prescribe these medicines as are family doctors, but may choose not to because of the potential for misuse (for benzodiazepines) and also lack of expertise in psychiatric illnesses.