…from this patient’s interesting drug cocktail, reported in the Journal of the Association of Physicians in
*1 medication to control side effects of antipsychotics
*1 “mood stabilizer”
*1 antianxiety medication
The news flash is not that she overdosed; it’s that such combinations are prescribed with some frequency. This report just drives home the point what many of us already know – psychiatric polypharmacy (the prescription of multiple psych meds at once) has gone wild, and apparently this is not limited to Europe and the
The good news is that the patient survived her overdose. The bad news is that we have no idea of how prescribing so many meds may impact the functioning of people.
However, not all cases of psychiatric polypharmacy have such benign endings. Especially when the cases involve young children diagnosed with (what else) bipolar disorder. Read more about a very sad case over at Furious Seasons.