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Re: 4 drugs at once?

Posted by JD on June 16, 1999, at 0:27:26

In reply to 4 drugs at once?, posted by sandy on June 15, 1999, at 13:47:25


Combining meds can definitely be useful for certain patients, but treating depression with four different ones (three of them antidepressants, one basically an anti-anxiety/anti-panic one) does sound like a bit much! My immediate reaction is just as much to the *particular* combo he's on: remeron, trazodone, and klonopin are all extremely sedating when used alone and are only likely to be more so in combination. (Celexa may counteract this somewhat depending on the dosage, but it would seem not enough given your description!) I would certainly try to find out from his doctor what the rationale is behind this treatment, especially if it
doesn't seem to be bringing much in the way of improvement. Since you don't say much about the specifics of your brother's mood problems (depression takes many forms!), it's hard to know what reasons there might actually be for it, but I think you would certainly be justified in trying to solicit a good explanation and/or a second opinion from another psychiatrist.
Best to you,

> My brother is taking 4 different drugs at the same time for depression. After seeing him last weekend I asked for their names because he is seriously over drugged, to the point that he lost bladder control in the car didnt tell anyone and didnt remember it the next morning. The 4 drugs are, clonazepam, trazodone, remeron and celexa. I believe some of these perform the same functions. I finally begged him for the name of his psychiatrist whom I think I should call and ask some questions to, or at least explain the state my brother is in. Is this a normal drug treatment for depression?




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