I was discharged from The Dungeon yesterday, with a mighty bag of medications to last the next 2 weeks. Until I saw them all I didn’t realize how much I am on! It is nearly 8pm, which, to us mentally ill folk, is cocktail hour. So here is a brief lesson in psychopharmacology. Here is my cocktail.
Lithium 1000mg: wonder drug. Seriously. This drug has changed my life.
Desvenlafaxine: 200mg: antidepressant. Killer withdrawal symptoms if you miss even one dose.
Quetiapine 300mg: new wave antipsychotic which pretty much everyone seems to be on. 25mg used to knock me out…now 300mg won’t get me to sleep.
Movicol: to keep regular. This had to be the most requested drug in hospital.
Cephalexin: antibiotics for my 700th infection.
Pantopramozole 40mg: I actually have no idea what this is. I was told it would help “medications burning a hole in my gut”. Okay then.
Oxycodone 10mg: goodbye pain…hello euphoria!
Chlorpromazine 50mg: old school antipsychotic. The only thing that rid my hallucinations and got me to sleep.
Ordanstron: nausea relief. I have taken a lot of this over the past two months.
Tramedol: pathetic excuse of a painkiller. Doesn’t touch the pain.
And an (dis)honourable mention goes to……
Prednisolone: steroid and possibly the most evil drug I have ever taken. I hope I never receive a script for this again.