I had a psychiatrist once tell me that the psych meds were all “M&M’s a different color”. Doctorspeak for, “Same thing, different packaging.” How refreshing. At least she was honest about it and didn’t make it seem like one thing was going to be the miracle cure. That’s now how I refer to my cornucopia of medications. M&M’s of a different color. I’ve got my big white ones, little white ones, my shelled white ones, the big bulky blue breathey one, and the mac-daddy of suppliments I take to keep everything else under control.
Lamictal (lamotragine) – 100 mg twice daily = 200 mg
Wellbutrin XL (bupropion) – 150 mg once daily
Sleep Aid: (insomnia)
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Ativan (lorazepam): 1 mg, three times daily = 3 mg
Ventolin (no generic)- 2 puffs every 4 to 6 hours or as needed
Maxalt (no generic)- 5 mg when you feel a migraine coming on
Tendonitis of the Knee and Genu valgum (Knock Knee):
Ibuprofin – 200 mg every 4 to 6 hours or as needed
Omega3 Fish Oil with DHA and EPA (nutraceutical)
Vitamin B-12 with Folic acid
Ubiqinol (I highly recommend this one for fatigue but it’s pretty expensive)
And probably like 10 others I’m not thinking of right now.
And of course, I am a woman of childbearing age, so throw in an oral, hormonal contraceptive.
Throw in 60 mg of prednizone, and a Z-pak and you’ve got a medicine soup.
Think about all of the doctors we have. Pdoc, PCP, OB/Gyn, Neurologist, Orthapedic, etc. Now, consider that despite the hundreds of times I relay the medications from one doc to another, it probably widens the margin of error.
I’m finishing this on my phone so I have to put the full link on.
http://reference.medscape.com/drug-interactionchecker. This is a comprehensive multi-drug interaction checker. Slap ’em all in there and it’ll tell you. Of course with a little doctorspeak.
Turns out azithromycin (z-pak) doesn’t play well with hormonal bc. Pregnancy risk. Hormonal bc doesn’t play well with lamictal and prednizone by increasing the metabolism rate and having higher concentrations in the blood.