Question: My 45 year old daughter was very over prescribed medications by her primary care
MD of 6 years - including antidepressants and hypertension
meds which are fine, but also Xanax, Valium, Ambien, Norco, Adderal and several others at the same time. She had also been rx'd with high doses hormones and Lithium
which her MD admitted were a mistake, removing these two meds after a few months. She has a history of hypertension and has had two strokes (1 major at age 31, and one minor at age 42) and in the past year started experiencing multiple neurological symptoms, numbness
and weakness on one side of her body, loss of feeling in her mouth and tongue, severe chronic headaches
, severe memory problems, forgetfulness, etc. Went from a straight A President's List surg tech student for the first year, only to fail all her classes and being told she was not even suited for the program. Her long term treating neuro seemed to not take her complaints seriously, and a new neuro last month found that she had some severe neuro deficits and was very, adement that he would determine the cause. After multiple tests, some abnormal, he refused to see her again and only told her to return to her MD about her meds. She was very distraught and depressed and attempted suicide last Friday night. Went to ER, but refused to go in because she convinced husbans she was ok. I'd clled her MD to leave a message regarding what had happened, thinking he should be aware, but on Monday morning, his nurse called and said he was discharging her, cancelled all her RX refills and refused to see her again - nurse said he "didn't want to lose his license'' as there was a record of what had occurred Fri. when I left message with MD on call. She was called in an RX for small dose Librium, but having had to stop all her medications cold-turkey has her undergoing terrible withdrawal, even after more than a week. She sees her psychologist
and a new internist tomorrow, but is there anything else she can do to deal with her withdrawal? It is VERY horrible with everything you would imagine withdrawal would consist of. Any idea how long withdrawal would last? She had stopped taking Xanax on her own a month ago, and rarely took Valium, so assumming most symptoms are due to Adderall
- she took 2-1/2 30 mg a day for over two years. Any suggestions or information?