Crazy people need the right meds …. really

No secret that I have some challenges and I have a script.  The script is meant to help me help myself, I guess.

I see a psychologist every week.  We do cognitive behavioral therapy and we slowly work through the way I see the world.

It is all very well to have a quirky outlook on the world, but sometimes it helps to have someone assist you in how you process the information you have got coming in.  Sometimes a chicken crossing a road, is not always just a chicken crossing the road.  On the hand the chicken crossing the road is not a plot against you.  It’s just a chicken crossing the road.

December was December.   January seemed to start way too soon.  Was up and running too fast.  I have been feeling edgy, anxious and a bit “funny” and it has started to climb.  I thought it was a December thing, then a January thing, but now I am wondering it if is February thing.

I started wondering if I am heading for another little “break” and I am not quite ready to go down the rabbit hole so soon, after coming back from the last little trip.

I knew I was not feeling great, I just did not know why.  I was taking my meds.  I was doing my therapy.  I was doing the work.

I made an appointment with my Pill Doctor – first appointment I could get was for today (I booked this in January already.)

I keep my medication in a little tupperware dish.  It keeps everything together, makes it easy to slip in to my bag, or to put in my cupboard away from the kids.  Works well.

I take it with to doctor’s appointments, as if anyone asks, I can open it and say, I take two of these, one of these, and one of these.

They always ask, and I never know the names.  Tupperware in bag a better idea that you think.

Today was no exception.  Pill Doctor obviously knows my script, as he wrote it.  But he started asking to find out whether I was experiencing side effects, and just to touch base on what I was on.

So I go: “I am taking one of these in the morning…”

Dr Pill Doctor: “That’s wrong, you should be taking three Zoloft, not one of the Serdep….”

Me: “When I received this from my chemist I thought it was wrong, so I called back and asked him, and he confirmed that he had given me the correct stuff and the correct dose.  I even took the box back to him and asked again.  He again said that it is correct at one a day of Serdep — I said the grammage did not seem right, but he said it was!”

Dr Pill Doctor: “I am sorry it is wrong, the script I gave and that you were on since June is Zoloft and three of them a day…. so you are on 1/3 of what you are normally on, and have been on since June last year ……”

Moer, I am annoyed/angry/pissed off.

Clearly a taking-your-meds-101 error!

I have been “struggling” since December, and kept wondering what the hang is going on here.  I was desperate to get an appointment with Dr Pill Doctor as I thought maybe he could order a set of blood/hormone tests as clearly there was really something wrong.

Before June 2011 I felt like shit, after clinic and meds and August 2011, I was definitely feeling better. Things were stabilising and I felt like i was getting a better grip on what was going on.

November I saw Pill Doctor we agreed to keep script the same, took script to Chemist.  Chemist said that I should swap the Zoloft for the Serdep.  And that is where it went all a bit very wrong.

Chemist put me on to 50mg and I was on 150mg before.  When I queried it he said that it was correct.  But being me, who feels awkward to put my hand up and say “er, that is wrong…” telling my Chemist that I think he made an error, was not exactly easy.  When he told me twice that he had not made an error, even though I still felt that something not quite right, but I decided that I am clearly wrong, so I nodded, went home, and took my pill.

The problem is that I have not been feeling “quite right.”  My anxiety and stress has started to climb, and I have been looking around for what could possibly be the problem.

I have been convinced that “the slide” is starting again.

I find out today that my chemist is actually an idiot and cannot read a script.  My Pill Doctor wrote the new script out and wrote on it in fairly legible copy DO NOT USE SUBSTITUTES!!

I am glad that my medication has been adjusted and hopefully in about 4 – 6 weeks I will start to feel a bit better, and get back on to the right road.

I am so chipped off that I have been feeling this amount of “breaking” for the last 4 – 6 weeks which has been totally unnecessary and could have gone horribly wrong.

I am so angry that when I said that something was not right, my chemist did not take the time to go back and recheck the script and what he had given me.

I am sure I will see the happy side soon.

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  1. Susan

     /  April 27, 2018

    I’m sorry for what you went through, stupid people can make our lives so difficult. My doctor placed me on Serdep 50mg for light depression and binge eating disorder. I actually want to increase to 100mg soon. It makes me feel incredible though I have very strange dreams and I sleep very deep once I fall asleep. I am losing weight, it does not act as a appetite suppressant but if you are conscious and exercise, you are able to make better decisions and actually stick to an eating plan. I can surely understand why people would gain on this drug, you just feel so happy that you eat without thinking. I will definitely recommend this drug for people battling binge eating disorder fueled by emotions. Just concentrate while you are on it. I certainly get that wrapped in cotton wool feeling everyone is talking about. Only planning on taking it for 6 months.

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  2. Gosh, how could the chemist get it SO. VERY. WRONG? I am glad that you’ve now sorted it, and I hope the increased (correct) dose starts having an effect soon. Really glad I found your blog – a lot of what you say makes sense to me. Thank you for sharing x

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  3. Man alive, I would most certainly go to the pharmacy and crap out the chemist. You can blame it on him for loosing your temper coz he gave you the wrong meds! I can also do my nut with the pharmacy.

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  4. reluctantmom

     /  February 24, 2012

    I am adding this one as JC was having some system problems ……. bless her cotton socks.

    So I am posting a comment on “Crazy people need the right meds” when I get a pop up screen “your organization has blocked this”. Well could they not have blocked me before I took the time to write the friggin comment.

    Any way – It would seem that I am no longer able to comment on your blog, and refusing to let my current efforts go to waste, I thought I would stalk you personally, directly and via e-mail. So….. if I was able to post a comment it would look exactly like this:

    A few things come to mind:

    First is the word WANKER! Say it… it always makes me feel better, it has a ring to it – WANKER!

    Next would be one of those “I wish I had the courage to say” which is actually what people should say when they say “if that was me I would’ve just….” cos no they wouldn’t have, and I know I certainly wouldn’t have, but I do know that if I had the courage I wish I would be able to say to the pharmacist “this may be your job, but it’s MY LIFE!” maybe mumbling wanker as I walk off……

    And last thought – I saw an Oprah show (yes, I’m one of those) with parents who had their live irreversibly changed by pharmacist who behave like wankers. There were two stories that stuck with me – one was a family that lost a baby, cos the meds was labeled at 100X the applicable dose for a baby and the other was a family that now have a blind child cos another wanker had given ear drops for eye drops. Neither families questioned said wanker. That’s just not what most of us ‘authority respecting, good town folk’ do.

    I would be seriously pissed too. And really… no one should fck with my meds but me, (which I do periodically during a manic state when I believe I am above all of this and don’t need to be taking pills – usually an indication that pills are working well), but point is DO NOT mess with a well medicated women’s meds

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  5. Carrie

     /  February 24, 2012

    I would so get the pharmasist fired! Was it a pharmasist, or an assistant? The assistants shouldnt be dealing with the pills like that, and a pharmasist should know better.

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  6. Am so sick of this arrogant medical fraternity. Especially nurses in hospital.

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  7. don’t see my previous comment darn pc! anyhew, was just saying I hope you feel better soon. I tagged you in my last post seeing as yours is one of my fave blogs. I totally verstaan if you don’t join the game, but if you do I look forward to reading your responses 😉

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  8. Crapsticks! So glad the mistake was caught before the slippery slope got slipperier (is that a word?). As the kid of a pharmacist, I know that all the drug guy has to do is pick up the phone and check with the doctor if he’s not sure (i.e. if his ego doesn’t get in the way). Are you going back to the same pharmacy?

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  9. Alexandra

     /  February 23, 2012

    OMG so glad you found out before it was too late.

    I have been trying to wean myself off my meds. My doctor said I could when I felt ready and seeing as I’m on the second to last repeat I thought maybe I should cut down from two to one a day. That was five days ago. Last night I totally lost it with both children several times for no real reason at all. So I’m beginning to think I’m not ready for weaning just yet.

    Being fairly new to the depression/meds thing, I have resisted going on any siriaaaas drugs but now I’m thinking perhaps I should be seeing someone other than my G.P. in this regard. Which brings me to my question… what type of doctor is your pill doctor? Did you need a referral?

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    • reluctantmom

       /  February 23, 2012

      I see a psyciatrist – you do not need to be referred to someone, you can call up and make an appointment. Psyciatrists like psychologists are a personality match – and you sort of need to find the one who understands you, and is willing to take the time to assist you in getting from point A to B, rather than a psyciatrist who is just keen on giving you a script.

      If you are starting on meds, then you should see your psyciatrist every 4 weeks so he/she can check whether the meds are working and whether they need tweaking.

      My script was fine, and when I went to refill my script my chemist decided to use lateral thinking, which was probably not idea.

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      • Alexandra

         /  February 24, 2012

        Thank you for the advice. I thought as much but always feels better to speak to someone who’s been through it.

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  10. Karen

     /  February 23, 2012

    I had a chemist fired because of an error. Had a prescription filled for very ill husband and thank goodness I checked the boxes with the tablets at home (which I never do) as it was wrong boxes and wrong pills and wrong dosage. It actually would have been lethal had I given him the cocktail. I completely and utterly lost it, drove back and almost forced her to take the tablets. It seems I am sometimes not a very good person.

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  11. Oh that chemist will get it from me if I was you!

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  12. Comment form glitch, you may get this twice – feelf ree to delete! It’s cool that you know, very cool that you didn’t let it take you down that hole. Stupid arse chemist.

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  13. It’s cool you know, and very cool you didn’t let it take you down that hole. Stupid arse chemist.

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  14. Sharon

     /  February 23, 2012

    Glad you at least have an explanation for feeling off the last couple of months! Hope you start feeling better soon!

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  15. I hope you went back to the chemist and gave him hell!!

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