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Discussion in 'Helping an Addicted Loved One' started by enell, Oct 5, 2014.

  1. enell

    enell Member

    Many of might think that there's no such thing called (Med addict), but believe me, there's and it's been also confirmed medically, My father in law is one of the cases, he have medicines all over the house for any single disease that your mind would ever think of, and some of them are necessity, like for blood pressure and diabetes...etc.. while the rest of the medicines are all JIC (Just In Case). I tried to convince him many times that too many drugs can bring many other diseases or even worse, it could you get you addicted to it.My question is, how can we cure such a thing? In these times (Unfortunately) we can't trust any doctor, specially in the country where i am staying. for each doctor we visit, just keep giving wrong diagnoses and keep providing as many prescriptions for medicines..and so, we get back home adding more medicines to the group of medicines that we already have, and what's even worse, the doctor says that all the medicines must be taken....
  2. Jen S.

    Jen S. Guest

    Hi enell, thanks for opening up about your father in-law. What conditions other than high blood pressure and diabetes is he being treated for, and what are the doctors prescribing?
  3. maryannballeras

    maryannballeras Senior Contributor

    In my opinion, if it was prescribed by the doctor, and the doctor himself confirmed that all those medicines must be taken, that's fine. Just make sure that your father-in-law follows the correct dosage prescribed to him. That's just my personal take on it.
  4. shilpa123

    shilpa123 Member

    There are a lot of times when the patients don't know how well they should take the medicine. There are certain medicines that make people feel quite better and reduce their problems to quite an extent. Hence, the patients think that it is an ultimate cure for their problems and take it continuously. They must consult the doctors immediately.
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  5. Allen24

    Allen24 Active Contributor

    I have an uncle with a similar issue. He has so many medications... I remember being quite shocked when I saw his kitchen cabinet full. They were all legally prescribed by doctors, I'm 100% positive, but I wonder how much of it is actually helping him and how much could be causing other issues.
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  6. tasha

    tasha Community Listener Community Listener

    In some cases the medication is necessary. If he has had a stroke or heart attack then he will probably have medication all over the place. You need to find out exactly what they are all for and if he is not having to take all of this then you need to get him some support as he probably has a fear after a bad experience and this has made him a little paranoid. He needs to talk to someone other than his doctor. Find a support group for whatever it is that he has been through so that he can see there are survivors.
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  7. Nick W.

    Nick W. Community Listener Community Listener

    I think that it boils down to abuse. Is he taking medications that are prescribed to him, the way they were prescribed for him? Or, is he abusing those medications for different results or reactions? If he has diabetes than chances are he's getting regular blood work done as well, so they should be monitoring his liver & kidney function, as well as the levels of mediation in his system.
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  8. khadija

    khadija Member

    I know what you mean Enell. My grandmother has been prescribed so many medications for everything. I can't remember what everything is for. Some times I feel like some of the prescriptions are not necessary,but I give her everything she was prescribed because I don't want to not give her something she needs. I wonder is there a way the doctor can prescribed everything all in one?
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  9. Nick W.

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    One great step that you can take is to make sure that all of the prescriptions are coming from the same pharmacy. This will usually help prevent some abuse, and overuse, as well as put all the medications in one database, so that a pharmacist can see if certain medications are not supposed to be taken with others. Sometimes that can have some pretty bad side effects.
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  10. caparica007

    caparica007 Active Contributor

    Sometimes we might feel insecure or hypochondriac and this is indeed a disease that can lead to the addiction of a lot of meds.
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  11. Nick W.

    Nick W. Community Listener Community Listener

    Yeah, Caparicaoo7, that is true, but I don't know if it's smart for an individual to just decide they are a hypocondriac. If you're under a doctors care, you should really consult with that doctor. There are many medications out there, especially diabetes related, that you need to come off of slowly, and not just try to quit "cold turkey".
  12. Rainman

    Rainman Community Champion

    There's one person I know who used to have migraines. To combat the pain, he bought a lot pain-killers which he'd take any time he had a headache. Keep it in mind these drugs had not been prescribed by a doctor. After some time, he got addicted to the pills. He started taking them regularly whether or not he had a headache. You know, he'd just take the pills just in case . . .

    And eventually he just couldn't do without the pain killers and had to try others which were more powerful.

    What I learned from this person is once you get addicted to any kind of medicine, it becomes pretty hard to overcome the addiction. The best way to go about helping the person is getting him, gradually reduce the in-take and then finally cut it out altogether. There are many side-effects to taking certain kinds of medicine for a long period of time. The worst of them is, disease-causing bacteria could become resistant to the drugs.

    Since you say you can't trust the doctors, find out if your father-in-law is feeling any better after having taken the drugs. If there's been no change then try to have his blood tested by someone else. Get an accurate diagnosis of what the disease is and the right prescription that will treat the disease. Someone's life is too valuable to leave it in the hands of a bunch of quacks whose sole interest might be making money.
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  13. enell

    enell Member

    Thanks a lot for your reply, we are convinced that he is cured and he would even do better without the drugs that the doctors prescribed for him (except for the blood pressure and diabetes), but the case is that he got addicted to these drugs, and another thing is, he is totally convinced that the drugs that he's having is what he needs, even after the period of the dosages prescribed by the doctors finishes. He's still using drugs that are prescribed since two years ago. All his drugs are legally prescribed by the doctors. And unfortunately, we have payed a lot of money to bunches of Quacks that call them selves doctors but with no result. And so this is why we're really concerned about his drugs addict
  14. enell

    enell Member

    You're opinion is correct. But the problem is, if you saw the amount of the drugs, you would simply ask your self: What kind of doctors allows this quantity of drugs to his patient! Seriously, It would cure a city!!
  15. enell

    enell Member

    Oh my dear, if your wish came true, then that would be the end of the Drugs Industries! And this is something they won't allow it to happen. I also came up with a conclusion, which is, One Drug Leads To Another! And I think that's how there are some Drugs Addict cases. I pray that your grandmother gets well soon!!
  16. enell

    enell Member

    That's a great advice, we buy all our medicines from the pharmacy that is next to our house, we only buy the ones that are not available from other near by pharmacies!
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  17. Jen S.

    Jen S. Guest

    Do any of these describe his behavior, enell?
    • Having a long-term intense fear or anxiety about having a serious disease or health condition
    • Worrying that minor symptoms or bodily sensations mean you have a serious illness
    • Seeing doctors repeated times or having involved medical exams such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), echocardiograms or exploratory surgery
    • Frequently switching doctors — if one doctor tells you that you aren't sick, you may not believe it and seek out other opinions
    • CONTINUOUSLY talking about your symptoms or suspected diseases with family and friends
    • Obsessively doing health research
    • Frequently checking your body for problems, such as lumps or sores
    • Frequently checking your vital signs, such as pulse or blood pressure
    • Thinking you have a disease after reading or hearing about it
  18. caparica007

    caparica007 Active Contributor

    Sure, it's not advised to quit some medicines just like that, we want to get better and not cause a bigger problem. Better ask advice to those who really know.
  19. Nick W.

    Nick W. Community Listener Community Listener

    There are a surprising amount of medications that can cause seizures if patients try to go off of them "cold turkey" and don't ween themselves slowly. It's just better to be careful I think. That's not to say that you can't go medicine free, but talking to a healthcare provider is the safest bet. Don't forget, you're paying these guys for a service, get what you want out of that service, don't let them dictate everything to you.
  20. Charli

    Charli Community Champion

    That is highly unfortunate. The worst part is that since the medicines are prescribed and completely legal, hardly anyone would bat an eye, but he is very fortunate that you are there to worry about him despite social norms and regulations. I think the best way would be to find a doctor close to you that can show interest beyond selling you the prescriptions, but if he really is addicted to the notion of having these meds then you might have to go further and look into seeing a psychiatrist. That's just my opinion, though.