My has been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. She has been in and out of mental health facilities for the last 3 years. They currently have her on Buspirone, Depakote, Hydroxyzine, Geodon, Thorazine, Paxil, and Lamictal. She has been on multiple different meds in the past and none of them seem to make much of a difference. I typed in this list of meds on the drug interaction checker, and it seems like these combinations could be lethal. Should I be concerned, or is this pretty common with psychiatric meds?
Unfortunately psych meds don't work the same for everyone. It can a while for a doctor to find the right combination and doses of meds that actually help a patient. If you're reading the side effects for each of the meds and are concerned, please remember that those are a list of the POSSIBLE known side effects for the meds. A person could develop any or none of them. I would suggest that if you have any concerns, though, you should talk with her doctor. It's always good to be informed. Hope this helps.
JennyCrocker I am sorry but it is true that most meds are different for everyone but personally i was diagnoased with borderline personality disorder when i was 15 and they have had me on oxcarbazepine and zoloft since and it has helped me greatly get control over things going on. I would call the doctor and talk to them about it they are more than willing to talk to you and help you understand and get more comfortable with what she is taking.
While the list of drugs seems extensive, as long as one doctor is doing the prescribing (or each doctor is fiully aware of what she is on) she is probably ok.
How is she functioning now? Is she doing better? I had many diagnoses when I was young everything from BPD to multiple personalities to Bipolar. My present doctor believes in as few as drugs as possible and has settled on the bipolar diagnosis. I am much older now and have been thru many years of therapy which helped me tremendously. Is she still getting therapy?
Keep us informed, we care,
psyched is exactly right they give you a list of possibilities and with people with mental illnesses it takes various types of medications and they also have to adjust things around sometimes before they see the results they are looking for, if you note anything that concerns you please do as psyched said consult the doctor, I wish you only the very best, take good care
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