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Too many meds?!

Posted by Mary Alice on August 1, 1998, at 6:22:39

My husband has been given a number of meds by different physicians: 60mg Paxil prescribed by internist for depression; Tegetrol (200mg 4 per day), Depakote (250 mg 4 per day), clonazepam (2mg at bedtime) for seizure disorder of unknown origin by neurologist; and trazodone (100mg at bedtime) by a psychiatrist. Each doc knows what the others are prescribing and some seem to want to change or delete some of the other's meds but no one will take the responsibility to do so. In the meantime, Gary is having trouble functioning on even a minimal level. The docs can't decide if his cognitive and motor problems are med related or caused by the illness (diagnosis thus far is combat ptsd but more tests scheduled for additional organic cause as neuropsych tests show he's having bigger problems than "expected" for ptsd)as he had some of these same symptoms (disorientation, memory loss, stumbling, difficulty speaking) for short periods of time prior to initial treatment. The neurologist won't change anything until he gets results of MRI-A, lumbar puncture and EMG. That will be August 31! In the meantime he's fallen a few times and needs assistance to do even minor tasks. Any opinions about this mix of meds would be greatly appreciated.




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