I forgo to say that when things like my liver panel being out of whack and when I was getting my meds constantly changed and having physical effects, I like keeping all the doctors involved in my care on the same page and.know what was going on...just in case, something bad happens quickly. I allowed them to talk to each other and amde up contracts that secured confidentiality but stilll allowed them to talk to each other when there had to be a concerted effort, and so they didn't have to worry about duplicating work like ordering labs or what meds are thrown in the mix. I also had information and confidentiality contracts the psychiatrist be able to talk to the therapist and vice versa. Certain times, I limited the depth of information that could be said, like specifics during talk therapy that wasn't life threatening. It was convenient for all of us to have that access and information sharing in place, especially since they were scattered and in private practice.
Perfectly reasonable for you to be concern and not liking that many meds...it's a very common reaction. I personally would think it would be kind of strange if people thought it wasn't worrisome to be on that many meds. I remember when I first started, the thought of taking1 psych pill a bothered me. I did tell my psychiatrist at one time that it wasn't exactly a vote of confidence and I was wondering if he knew what he was doing by throwing all those meds at me. He fully understood what I was talking about and agreed that there are times when he himself thought of it too. Admitting stuff like that just made us work better together in trying to get me to a better place. I really like it when I don't have to worry about honesty. He didn't leave it at that. He did take time to explain to me what he was trying to achieve, and I basically told him what I was afraid or worried about. I really don't like to keep worries to myself and let it spin out of control. Generally speaking, psychiatrists and therapists really feel uncomfortable when their clients are pretty quiet and hardly give them any information about what is going on...it's pretty frustrating, and besides, it makes their notes look pretty sparse. There are also times when insurance companies will call them to ask them to qualify necessity of treatment.
Wow, you were on 7 meds. I guess that I shouldn't be so overly concerned. I will talk to my doctor about my worries. Thanks for the advice!
I know how you feel. I averaged 7 psych meds one time and I felt like i was a medicine cabinet. That was just my psych meds. I carried 2 big ziploc bags full of meds. He may be trading out. I ws on a high dose of Abilify and it put my liver panel out of whack. He took me off of it for a couple of weeks when the panel went back to normal values, then slowly put me back on Abilify still checkng labs againt the dose. I ended up getting it discontnued by weaning off and taking on another psych med, because it gave me motion problems.
I don't take that many meds now. I am only on 2 psych meds for now. . I was on a lot of meds for so long that I got nervous when the 4th med out of 7 was being weaned off, but my dr. said just let him know if anything starts up and give him a call. He also told me what to do like go up so many mg if i got nervous about it and symptoms came back like suicide ideations or auditory hallucinations. Ask your dr. what he is planning and tell him that it's making you concerned about how much meds you are taking and what can you reasonably expect with adjustments and the anxieties you have about it. They usually don't like to give medicine cabinets full of prescription meds as much as we don't like to take that much. He may be trying to stabilize you first on an acute phase then try to wean you off meds that you may not need. That's what happened to me, at least. I usually ask once or twice a year for time to go over what his overall plan is for me with the medications. It helps me to figure out how to plan out my year activities and goals.
He says he already thought of the return in symptoms and we could add another medicine such as Latuda. But I am already on Abilify, Neurontin, Buproprion, and Zoloft. How much meds can a body take? Thanks for your reply.
It would be worthwhile to ask them if the reduced dosage
might create the return of symptoms and if so
how that could be addressed. It also would be helpful to ask
them if the results of the test might make them have
to permanently change the dosage of
the medication you are taking or create the potential need
to change to another medication.