Over Mewdicated

Robert C. H.
By Robert C. H. Latest Reply 2008-11-03 19:39:21 -0600
Started 2008-10-30 15:47:22 -0500

I recently ended up in a Hosp. for 10 days I was so cold and shaking so hard I couldn't cope with anythingand when the Drs. started questioning me it was was I drinking sober 27 yrs Did I take Illeagle drugs Never have I told them I woul like them to look at the 16 prescriptions I was on and see what they can do to make me somewhat normal,they cut 5meds altogther, and cut in half 2 others the dosage i was on. I now find myself as feeling as good as i did three yrs ago, before all these Drs started prescribing all these drugs. don 't get me wrong I'm a strong advocate for Meds bur I guess I hit the overlosd so i URGE YOU ALL NOT TO GO THROUGH WHAT i DID, ASK YOUR drs EVERYonce in a while to check out your meds,


9 replies

Bluebutterfly
Bluebutterfly 2008-11-02 14:33:38 -0600 Report

I keep a journal in my documents on my husband and myself. I list each medication and how much and doctors name that prescribed it. When we have a Doctors appt. I just print it out and take it with me so there will be no mistake.
About one year ago this paid off as the paramedics had to come after me ,my son just run them off a copy of my meds and gave it to them. They said it was a big help just knowing the medicines I was on.I take about 16 different drugs per day, this gets confusing for me.

caspersmama
caspersmama 2008-11-02 14:45:31 -0600 Report

How in the world do you keep up with them. I take 6 and have a pill reminder that I do once a week. With that many scripts how many pills are you taking daily.

Robert C. H.
Robert C. H. 2008-11-03 19:39:21 -0600 Report

On the average 22 pills a day I also have a little book that I keep in my wallet listing all my meds, all my doctors\with phone numbers and all important people to call, and my Medical history

Robert C. H.
Robert C. H. 2008-11-02 10:38:10 -0600 Report

I also was under the impression that my Primary care dr, and pharasist were doing this. But having so many Dr, today that spealize in one area and all of them writeing Prescriptions , I don't know how you can be on 16 prescriptions and not have some adverse effect somewhere along the line,

caspersmama
caspersmama 2008-11-02 10:42:04 -0600 Report

I was thinking the same thing. I go to the same pharmacy so if there is a problem or interaction I know they will tell me. Plus when I get a new scrpt I always ask what to look out for and when or what to take it with.

Anonymous
Anonymous 2008-10-31 12:26:01 -0500 Report

Yes my doctor goes over my meds every month with me. Because I am on pain meds, I have to go to doctor every month. But luckily I have the same doctor for pain, diabetes, everything. His charts are on a laptop computer he carries from patient to patient and all my records are on there. At a milisecond he can look at past blood tests, or past visits and all his notes he has made and what we discussed. And during my visit he is typing away while we are talking so he does not forget anything. I used to have a doctor that was pill happy. Now I only take 6 pills plus insulin for all my problems. I can deal with that.

Petrea
Petrea 2008-10-31 02:11:34 -0500 Report

When I see my dr. every 3 mos. he has me bring in all my meds,including ones from the other drs.,plus any over the counter stuff I may be using so he can keep track of what I'm taking Also I stick with the same pharmacy & when I pick up an over the counter med they check to see if it will interfere with any of my other meds.

sparkysmom
sparkysmom 2008-10-30 20:27:04 -0500 Report

My pain management Dr goes over all my meds with me every month at my visit. I'm glad because I have 7 Drs and they all prescribe. My Pharmacy tech checks too.

sexyswamprat
sexyswamprat 2008-10-30 15:55:43 -0500 Report

That is really good advice. I have found that doctors don't remember what they have perscribed you or what milligram they gave you. Sometimes even when they have your chart right infront of them. This is a good reminder for all.

Next Discussion: Friendship and Support »