g. for anxiety and when the meds do not help he smokes marijuina
Hello worried big dad. Aside from being worried, what might you need to know in that he can harm himself on the above combination? Does his doctor know that aside from the perscribed medications that he also smokes marijuana.(self medicating) His valium is a long acting benzodiazepine. He might be better off on a fast acting one such as Ativan or Xanax, which is perscribed for high stress moments and panic attacks. Valium is perscribed for long term, or general anxiety disorder(s) Regards, pledge
I really cringe when I see people on psychotropics/antipsychotics who are smoking marijuana. Marijuana can exacerbate psychosis in so many ways. It may make him feel better temporarily but it could be causing problems in the long run. He really needs to let his psychiatrist know he is smoking marijuana and he, really, should stop smoking it. It could be interfering with his other medications keeping him from getting better. Risperidone is often given for schizophrenia and bipolar disorders and using marijuana for these conditions is just really counterproductive, even for anxiety, as I said, may help temporarily but in the long run, is just making the anxiety worse. Self medicating with illicit drugs and/or alcohol is just never a good idea. If his drugs are not working he needs to have a frank conversation with his Dr. Perhaps you could go with him. Often, anxious people forget what they want to tell the Dr and also forget what the Dr tells them because they are so overwhelmed by their anxiety at just seeing the Dr. Your going with him could bolster his confidence and you can help remind him of the things he needs to discuss with the Dr and what all the Dr says. A Dr only knows what is comminicated to him. Takes notes of what you need to tell the Dr, if necessary, and write down what instructions the Dr gives, if necessary. It often takes time to get onto the right drug therapy. finding the right mix takes time and patience and much open communication with the Dr. Adding unprescribed substances "clouds the waters" so to speak. Advise him to quit smoking the pot and talk to his Dr about what he is feeling and how his meds arent covering the bases.
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