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The Wrong Medication

Being on the wrong medication for depression is worse than being on no medication at all. But being on several conflicting medications by several different doctors (all from the same practice though) is like trying to grow fresh fruit and vegetables in toxic wasteland next-door to a chemical factory.

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  • June 17, 2009 at 9:21 am

    I was given valium in the 60 and 70s for a slipped disc. After that the doctor continued the valium for 30 years. I suffered thru many withdrawls and embarsment. I followed all the rules never took more or less I just moved and the doctor wants to take me off. I spoke to my old doctor and asked why he didnt and he told me I could go into seizures and worse. I have done much research as it took a large part of my life. Today most doctores wont percribe it. I dont understand it was perscribed by doctors with no warnings. What do I do now. I am 61 and dont think I should pay for their mistake even if they didnt know it. Dotors make feeel like a drug ADDICT i HAVE HAD SERIOUS WITHDRAWLS, AND LOST FRIENDS AND FAMILY. I am not writing for you to feel sorry but to ask for suggestions on how to get it perscribed. I dont want to die at 61 because the second Dr was wrong. In addition I know I am not the only one with this problem. Please advise the whole thing makes no sense to me. Thank You

  • June 17, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    I’ve been trying to get my life healed/whole since 1992. I won’t go into details and only say that I’ve gone through similar ordeals. Doctors prescribed meds that were inappropriate for my actual condition or just didn’t work. I must have tried 12-15 different anti-depressants until Cymbalta worked for me and also helped my chronic pain. I was not able to “force myself” to get well as you were able. I had to finally acknowledge and deal with severe childhood trauma. It took a long time because my support system was negligable and it’s been up to me to continue to see my therapist and take my meds.

    There is NO substitute for doctors who listen well, think things through thoroughly and who treat their patients with respect. Sadly, these kinds of doctors are rare. I am receiving the best psych care in my life by a general physician – not a psychiatrist.

    It is grueling enough to deal with depression, ptsd and other issues I have without having to avoid and/or recover from poor medical services!

  • June 17, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Hi Ken, this is not uncommon. My elderly uncle was on a whole heap of different medications for heart problems and was getting very very ill with congestive failure. He finally saw a smart doctor who weaned him off most of them and he started to get better and lived for another decade.

  • June 19, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Mr. Ken–wow–what doc in his right mind would prescribe valium for that many years–evidently using as a muscle relaxant and relief of muscle spasm due to inflamed joints,muscles or trauma? You are now addicted and dependant on tranquilizers. Valium is used as an adjunct to treat seizure disorders and status epilepticus–its used as an anticonvulsant med.. When drug is discontinued it is reduced gradually to avoid withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, tremors, anorexia, insomnia, weakness, headache and nausea and vomiting. Mr. Ken I am not seeing the concern for inciting seizures if drug is tapered off gradually. Anyway the bottom line is docs do not want to prescribe antianxiety benzodiazepines such as Valium. You are not going to die without it. Its half life is 20-50hrs meaning that 50% of the drug is gone in 20-50hours. If anything check with a psyche hospital that offers drug addictions and withdrawal treatment to see if insurance will pay for treatment for addiction to valium–maybe the facilty has some type of medical detox?? I know only a little, but I know that alcohol withdrawal has seizure issues of DT due to dependency on alcohol and so must be detoxed in medical facility–I don’t think valium is the same issue, in fact valium is used for alcohol withdrawal treatments. Anyway sir, say goodbye to Valium. Get treatment for anxiety too possibly, it sounds like you are a little panicky.


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