My mom is in patient hospitalization due to having a nervous breakdown. What my sister has been really considere about is he confusion, exhaustion, disorganized thoughts, and slurring of words. My sister suspected she was abusing some type of substand and our hunce was right. My sister is housesitting basically and discovered a box of meds that are not in her name on top of the meds she is already taking which have been up until recently: Tramadol, Viibryd, Neurontin, Klonopin, Tramadol and Abiliby and a heart medicine, and remeron! From what I learned all of these conflict with the other and most of which are sedating I am so worried she will go into respitarory distress and diie untentenially in her sleep... fyi she has major OCD with panic attacks and Major Depression and her mom just passed away, she got a divorce about 2 yrs. ago, she lives alone, her and my sister fight daily, and her poor kitty which was the only thing she looked forward to seeing when she came home recently passed away. So she is definitely having a rough go of it but I can't watch her kill herself.
I need help with my mom... she is on sooo many meds that all interact with each other help!?
Added 12 Apr 2012:
Hello Everyone sorry its been so long since I've been here I think I forgot just how wonderful this site and you all are. I appreciate you all are getting back to this answer so quickly. My sister brought of my mom's meds in and showed them to her medication management team that she has inpatient. So they are changing her meds now and took the meds that weren't prescribed to her in the first place. As for me I am doing pretty good I see a therapist weekly and psych. every 3 wks. and knock on wood this is the best I have felt in yrs. Thank you all!
The list of medications you mention could easily be prescribed for someone with OCD, depression and anxiety. I'm sure the hospital will straighten out any medication problems that might exist. The fact that she might be taking someone elses meds is of great concern though. I would mention this to the attending doctors and maybe they can get her some psychiatric care. If she has a drug problem then now is the time to address it. I know this must be scarey but look on the positive side, her being in the hospital means she has the opportunity to get the care she needs.
Hang in there hun, and I'll keep you both in my prayers,
I totall agree with Laurie on this, & you need to tell the doctors that are caring for her all about this right away! Remove the prescriptions that aren't hers, & don't know who's there are, but they should be turned in for giving them to her in the first place. Adding someone else's meds to your own is so dang dangerous. She is lucky to have you, & your sister watching out for her. How are you doing? Haven't heard from you in awhile... Mary
First of all how are you doing? Haven't seen you around for a while. I definately agree with Mary and Laura on this. How awful this must be on you. You have to do what is best for her at this point though. Let the doctor's know everything. I won't repeat what has allready been told to you, but I'm sorry you're mom is going through this. My grandmother had a stroke and they had her on 18 different meds. I called her one day in the afternoon and she couldn't remembere if she had taken her meds or not and was going to take them again. It was so scary. She went into a Retirement Facility shortly after that. Her memory was just getting way too bad. It's a scary feeling when you're dealing with a loved one. We only want the very best for them. And we just pray that the doctor's know what they are doing. My mother went through a nervous breakdown too when my sister died. I know what you are going through. I will keep you and your mother both in my thoughts and in my prayer's and I hope she gets better really soon. Take care and best wishes. Your friend, Ruth
Please take the actual meds not in her name to the doc. The label may not mean the content is the same. The docs already know something is very wrong. This will help them if they know all they are dealing with. For all you know she is getting street drugs in any old bottle. A pharmacist at hospital will sort that out. The docs need the whole story you have told us. Good luck with this. My mom was hooked on all sorts of stuff. But I got her to the hospital told my story, she denied it, but the doctors got it. and that lead to proper treatment, not what she invented. Cat dead, all the rest is very important. Keep us posted. Sounds like you have a wise handle on this.
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