Posted by Elizabeth on May 12, 2001, at 19:57:44
In reply to Re: Whats the best opiate for depression ? / ETC » Elizabeth, posted by shelliR on May 11, 2001, at 12:20:31
> He will do a consultation, but will not proscribe codeine because of a prior law suit. But he definitely seems very knowledgeable and gave me the name of someone in my area, who he admits is probably "less creative" in prescribing for depression than he is.
He is very knowledgeable; I think the world of him. He also knows a lot of people -- he referred me to a young pdoc who was a student of his. (I've only seen the guy once so far but he seems very bright, and I trust Dr. Bodkin's assessment of him.)
Codeine isn't the best choice for an AD anyway, IMO -- if you need a full agonist, a longer-acting one with fewer adverse effects relative to desired effects would be preferable.
I've heard many stories of people suing their doctors over some pretty absurd things. Dr. Bodkin takes particular risks in that he is willing to work with patients who may be personality-disordered (which often is associated with a tendency to blame other people for one's problems -- e.g., a patient misuses or overdoses on medication, then blames the doctor). I take Dr. B's willingness to work with these "difficult" patients as a sign of exceptional compassion.