What about when the doctor knows that the patient has a problem abusing alcohol? I would think that with the severe interactions associated with any two of the medications (much less three) it would not be prescribed at one time, and for a long duration of time. Could it ever be necessary for a patient to take this much meds?
Not too many Dr.s would do this. I would surmise that the patient din't tell the Dr. about the alcohol problem. A Dr. would not do this unless they were about 100 yrs old and out of touch with any new literature he is suppose to read. I think just the ambien with the soma is too much but it depends on what the problem is. Even if the patient is in alot of pain that would be the first reason they should not be drinking at all. It all boils down to how do you know the Dr. knows about the alcohol. To answer your question I would say it is usually not necessary to take these medications. It sounds like the patient is trying to go to sleep alot. Everyone is different but these meds should be checked by someone if you are suspiscious and maybe the Dr. should know about the alcohol problem because they should definitely NOT be taken with alcohol - not any of them. Good Luck
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