Alcoholism and "involuntary suicide"
Polypharmacy in the worst case
Recently, a regular visitor to my website had to go to the intensive care unit after an overdose of several medications. She was on a fan for several days and shouldn't live. Fortunately, she survived, although she still has a lot of problems.
She had no intention of committing suicide. She was only the victim of a very serious problem for people suffering from alcoholism.
Polypharmacy literally means several drugs. However, its use is generally understood to mean a situation in which the individual takes more medication than necessary. This can lead to some or all of the following results:
o Unexpected complications and syndromes. o drug interactions. o Unnecessarily higher costs
Baclofen is a relatively new and revolutionary new anti-alcohol craze; especially with alcohol addiction results from a state of anxiety / stress / chronic panic. Baclofen is a very safe drug, but due to medical guidelines, most people take Baclofen worldwide and take it without their doctor's consent or even without their doctor's knowledge. They usually buy it online.
In a previous life, polypharmacy was one of my hobby horses. Most surgeons find that the average age of their patients is increasing. Many of these patients come to the hospital with almost any medication they take at home. When asked correctly about their symptoms and medication (which I've always done but few seem to have), the following pattern has been repeated many times:
"When I was in the hospital, Dr. Clever (my counselor) gave me drug A. Then I had symptom Z. I went to my family doctor, Dr. Smith, who told me there was drug B. It gave me symptom Y. So I went back to the surgery and saw another family doctor, Dr. Jones, who prescribed medication C. But there was no symptom X. When I returned to the hospital, I saw a junior doctor, I don't remember his name, however nice who ordered x-rays, they were normal so he told me it made me develop a terrible syndrome that apparently occurs when you take drug D with drug B. When I finally saw Dr. Clever again he stopped drugs B, C and D and just reduce drug A and apologize for the unnecessary x-rays. I'm fine now. "
I think this messy paragraph describes the point perfectly. But what is this really about? Why am I talking about it now?
The most important point is that with a high dose (often very high dose) of baclofen that so many of us are taking, we are in an unknown area. In addition, many of us also have:
o Self-diagnosis, self-prescription, self-distribution, self-monitoring of your bacl oven. Take other non-alcoholic drugs besides baclofen. Many of them are very potent "brain chemicals" that change drugs. O You have other, if not psychiatric, psychological problems where we can be prescribed other strong medications that "change the chemistry of the brain". Benzodiazepines are particularly worrying in this context. O You are taking other medicines for other unrelated diseases. O you are not eating properly. O you are not sleeping properly. You have relationship problems at home. Financially, perhaps most importantly, we continue to drink large amounts of alcohol, so that we remove a high-dose baclofen secret from our doctors who take care of everything else
Therefore, each of us may be able to conjure up our own version of the baclofenestrone soup, each with its own recipe and unique effects. A recipe previously unknown in the annals of medical-pharmaceutical cuisine. So individual for you that you could be the first to include it in the books. God help you.
I am not scary; I just point out an important problem and I ask you all to be very careful.
After all, the polypharmacy almost killed one of my friends. Without realizing the consequences, she took a potentially deadly cocktail of drugs and alcohol. One doctor prescribed it, others didn't. But all common.
Stop the craving for alcohol - like an ordinary muscle relaxant suppresses the craving
I am always interested in new advances in medicine that affect alcohol addiction. There are so few. After all, nothing has changed in the treatment of alcoholism since Bill Wilson wrote Alcoholics Anonymous over 75 years ago. What other disease has researched so little about it? Eventually things change. In recent years, researchers have found that certain medications can reduce the urge to smoke - the main symptom of alcohol addiction.
Dr. Ameisen describes in his book The End of my Addiction how he came across an article in the New York Times about a cocaine addict who was prescribed baclofen to fight cramps, drastically reducing his desire. Maybe that would also happen with alcohol, thought ants.
Dr. Ants admits that he was a desperate alcoholic. He tried all of the traditional methods available to him: many treatment centers, AA (sometimes up to 4 sessions a day), sponsors, counselors, psychiatrists and hospitals. He continued to insist that doctors would not drink anything if they wanted to fix the underlying anxiety problem. They told him to stop drinking and his fear would go away.
Since he was a doctor himself, he never gave up hope that there would be a medical response in his life to cure alcoholism. Studies have been conducted on other anti-craving drugs such as naltrexone, calcium acamprosate and topiramate. These studies have shown that these drugs reduce the craving for food in many patients. They didn't work for him.
He had to do a case study because he couldn't find anyone to research the effects of high doses of baclofen and alcoholism. The drug manufacturer recommends only 30 mg a day to avoid side effects. It didn't do anything for envy. Dr. Ants found that the dose that suppressed his desire was 270 mg a day. However, a maintenance dose of 120 mg per day controlled anxiety and prevented the urge from recurring. In stressful situations, he added 40 mg as needed. The two side effects of baclofen are drowsiness and muscle weakness. The two disappear in a day or two.
Here's an example of how a man ended his fight against alcoholism - a disease that almost killed him. Other patients followed. Dr. Pascal Gache from the Geneva University Hospital had four good candidates for high-dose baclofen therapy. Not all have responded to traditional treatments for alcoholism. One patient did not respond well because he fell asleep, but the other three performed very well. One of his patients was a woman who found that baclofen suppressed his craving for alcohol at 75 mg / day. The other 2 patients required higher doses of 300 mg / day. Everyone was amazed at her recovery.
For people looking for a pharmacological solution to their alcohol problem, baclofen might be the answer. It should be of particular interest to people with anxiety or unusually nervous; but that could be said for almost all alcoholics. This raises an interesting point. Which comes first? Do we become alcoholics and then develop anxiety and depression or do many of us suffer from pre-existing anxiety or mood disorders and then become addicted?