Posted by screamer on April 7, 2004, at 23:14:46
In reply to GABITRIL (tiagabine) new anti-anxiety drug?????, posted by 3 Beer Effect on December 14, 2001, at 22:42:11
I had an extreme psychotic episode on gabitril, I was increased to 16 mgs a day on fri and became extremely depressed. The following day I was sick and vomited right after I took my meds (just gabitril at that time of day, nothing else) so I took more, but was no where near the OD level my doc warned me about. All I remember after that is waking up from a nap, then I remember being in an ambulance. What happened in between my husband told me about the next morning when he picked me up from the hospital. I guess I laid right back down for another nap, woke up a little later, changed my clothes and came down stairs. Unfortunately, my parents, sister, niece and nephew were visting, my husband and my two kids were also there. They said I was pacing, and bumping into things real hard, but apparently not feeling anything, I kept falling down and when they talked to me, well my mom said I looked at her like she was speaking a forgien language. Finally they sat me down, but I wouldn't stay, my husband and my father, both well over 200lbs were holding me down and I started screaming my head off, that went on for awhile until they decided to call 911. When the ambulance arived, they said it took 5 of them to get me on the gerny, they strapped me down and gave me some kind of medicine for an overdose because my husband said that's all he could think of that might of happened. I remember the ambulance, there was a little bitty voice in the back of my head, saying 'what the hell are you doing?' but I could barely hear it, I was screaming and yelling and fighting so bad my IV's were pulling and my arms were bleeding, I was frantic, I thought they were hurting me, although there voices were kind enough, I didn't register that. My husband met me at the hospital and I cried and told him I was sorry, but it wasn't over, when they took me back, I started up again, screaming and fighting. I don't remember alot of what happened after that until around midnight. I guess they gave me a catscan and all I can remember about that is putting my head in something funny, they gave me a cathiter, but I don't remember that either. Around midnight, the nurse was checking on me and asking me if I knew what happened, but at that point I had no memory at all, thay asked me what medications I was on, and I drew a complete blank, I didn't actually remember until about 5am. It was the most terrifying night of my life, just to be completely out of control and have no idea what you are doing or what is happening around you. It's Wed now and I still am having a hard time talking because of all the screaming I did, my arms are bruised up and down and I am having a hard time remembering common everyday things. I would like to know if anyone out there has had similar expierences. If not, I would just like my story to be out there so others are aware that it can happen and happen so strongly that you have NO control, so please, BE CAREFUL!