I have a psychiatrist, and see him on a regular basis. I am however, concerned with the amount of pills he prescribes me. I take Ativan daily, usually up to 6mg. I take 60mg of cymbulta. I take an am and pm dose of lamotrigine. I also take 10 mg of ambilify in the am. I am also prescribed immovane which I take up to 6 tabs at bedtime. Where do I even start to get off of some of this medication? My psychiatrist knows I am very depressed and suffer from panic/anxiety attacks. I do not want to be taking so many pills though. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Mixing too many prescribed medications?
- 8 Jan 2013 by Roxy7000
- 2 April 2013
- ativan, anxiety, insomnia, panic disorder, sedation, medication
Added 8 Jan 2013:
I have been on these medications for a while now and wish I did not need so many medications just to get through life
Are you able to function? Do you feel better? Sometimes it takes several different kind of medication. We are complex beings and what it takes to help us can be just as complex. I take 7 different meds a day. If the meds are making you feel worse, then I'd worry, otherwise you're doc knows what he is doing.
Roxy7000, kaismama took the words right out of my mouth. Of course, she's a nurse, and I am not. Lol. So she knows a whole lot more than me. You just asked a question that is very ironic and interesting to me. A lot of people wouldn't share how many meds their on. And they don't have to. It's a personal choice. I currently take 12 medications. That may seem high to a lot of people. I don't care, myself... Not anymore. I'm so glad you asked this. My hubby makes a comment from time to time, because HE loves me. But he happens to be one of th lucky people in life who has never had to take a pill. He's also 53, and hasn't been to the Dr. In a while. Hmm. So it's hard for him to comprehend until I start telling him what and why I take every one of them. Then he immediately stops, because he cannot argue. there is a legitamite reason behind every one. And you can do that and there will still be those who will say something about it.
I'm 42, and take 12. I don't feel like I have to, but I will share with you a few reasons why, so You can understand. 3 of those are for one thing. To get my extremely high cholesterol and triglycerides down so I won't have a heart attack or stroke. There are seven different conditions or problems in my back that causes chronic pain, three disc's in my neck with similar issues, Osteoarthritis in both knees needing surgery, per MRI's, high templates needing medication desperately, or it will lead to worse things. Osteopenia that is about to the point of Osteoporosis, Fibromyalgia, severe Migraines,etc... We can skip over to the mental issues, and name off a few like PTSD, Major Depression w Reoccuring episodes, severe insomnia, and I won't go on anymore. I think, you get my reasons why the three different Dr.s prescribe what they do. And all three Dr.s KNOW what the other prescribes. Now they have told me, I may not have to be on some of these my whole life, but for now... Absolutely. And, I have had to have several switched to something else, due to reasons. It's true what they say about not caring what others think the older you get. Lol. Because you know, if you have a halfway decent Dr., why you are on what you are on. Now, sometimes you can be given meds you don't need. Happens all the time. Maybe it's happening to me. Lol. But I have full faith in the Dr.s I have to see. If I let my guard down, I can get easily depressed that I have so many medical problems at my age and have to take so many meds. But then I quickly jerk myself back into reality and what would happen if I didn't take it right now. One of the medicine's you take... Lamictal, has helped my life so much. I'm not encouraging to take a pill for everything. I hate medicine time in the morning. And some may still disagree with the amount I HAVE to take, but you should be comfortable with what and why you're taking it for. And if not, then do what Mary suggested and find another Dr. I've done that too. Take care, and find a happy and content place inside of you. Your Friend, Ruthie
You can talk to your Psychiatrist about your concern but sometimes you need more meds then you think to make you feel normal. I never thought I would take meds for depression the rest of my life but I need it to have a normal life. I would not change it because I finally got my life back and am happy.
I take 12 different medications every single day, anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, hay fever, trigs, arthrosis of left knee... sometimes I feel like a chemist's shop with all the tablets rattling inside me!! Some of these I've been on for more than 30 years, I'm now 56, and know I will be on these meds the rest of my days. before I would worry about the effects but now I think about the very good quality of life I enjoy, the fact I can function well, and take the meds without a second thought. It would be so east to be bitter and think "Why me"?, but I don't, I have to accept it and get on with living. I liken it to smokers who cannot get through the day without their cigarettes, I've never smoked and feel at least I'm not breathing out poisonous fumes to all around me. Each to his/her own, sure, But my advice is to stop worrying and enjoy your life, we only get one! Good luck!
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