Medication Interactions...

Is your child taking medications that interact with each other?

Our son's psychiatrist prescribed Prozac while he was taking Risperdal. After we started him on the Prozac we then phased him off of the Risperdal.

The psychiatrist then told us to add Benadryl because our son was having troubles sleeping. He also wrote a prescription for Trazodone for us to get filled if the Benadryl doesn't help but because I really don't want to give him another medicine I decided not to get that prescription filled just yet.

So, the pharmacist put the Trazodone prescription on hold in the computer so that we can get it filled in the future if we decide to.

My husband went to the pharmacy today to get a refill of the Prozac and Clonazepam that our son is currently taking.

The pharmacist told my husband that our son absolutely could not take both Risperdal and Prozac because the medicine interaction is very bad. My husband responded that it was okay as our son was no longer taking the Risperdal.

The pharmacist made my husband sign a paper that said that the pharmacist made him aware of these serious drug interactions. It was the only way the pharmacist would even let my husband have the Prozac refill.

Here's the frightening part...

We filled our son's original Prozac prescription on November 22 2005. He was already taking Risperdal which was prescribed by the doctor and filled by the pharmacy, right along with his Prozac.

The pharmacist NEVER said anything about any medication interaction and let us have the Prozac with no questions asked!

Our son took both medications until we had him weaned off of the Risperdal and no one, the doctor nor the pharmacist, caught this dangerous combination.

We didn't want him on the Risperdal and it's the only reason he's not on it now. We told the psychiatrist we didn't want him on it so he had us wean him off of it, yet he didn't catch the potential problems with our son taking both Risperdal and Prozac.

Here's an even scarier part...

I decided to check for drug interactions with Trazodone and the other medications he's taking and my heart dropped when I found that there are dangerous interactions between Trazodone and Prozac!

The ONLY reason our son is not on both Trazodone and Prozac right now is because I wanted to avoid putting him on another medication (Trazodone). Otherwise he'd be taking this dangerous combination right now and suffering who knows what terrible interactions!

I learned my lesson today. Now when I do my online research on medications that the doctors want to put our son on, I will ALWAYS look for drug interactions as well.

As soon as I can wean him off of these terrible psychiatric medications I'm going to start with some natural remedies. Several parents have emailed me to tell me about Native Remedies, a website that has natural remedies for all kinds of things, INCLUDING Asperger's Syndrome symptoms, and they work!

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I only wish I'd been savvy to this before I allowed my son to be put on those synthetic, man-made medications/poisons.

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As he heads into adulthood (he turned 18 on Dec 13 and yes I need to update some things at my website such as my home page that says he's 17) I'm finding that I have even less time on my hands as I spend more time trying to master the puzzle of how to help him transition into "life after high school".

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