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Am I TAKING TOO MUCH MEDICATION


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#1 Guest_smith29909_*

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 03:13 PM

I am a 77year old male with PD, which was diagnosed 7 yrs ago. At first it was only my right hand shaking and chen and teeth trama. Over the years it stayed that way by taking Caarbidopa/Levodopaalong with varioous agronomist. Aboput a year ago it started to move to my right arm and leg and possible to my riight eye, so now I am taking 2 25-100mg tabs every 4 hrs, plus 1 Amantadine 3 times daily.I also have a slleeping disorder in that I act out my dreams. After injuring my self one night, I was put on Clonazepam 2 mg tsbs every night, plus 1 Trazodone 50mgs every night to help my getting to sleep.

Do you think that this is too much, or can you suggest. any other treatment. Now I am loosing my ability to speak and wright.

Thank you.

#2 Dr. Okun

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 08:24 AM

This is not too much medication but I have a few suggestions.

In many cases 3 times a day dosing is inferior to timing the doses at say exactly 3 or 4 hours. On time every time!

Second with that much sleep medication I always get a sleep consult and sleep study for exact diagnosis and treatment. Some people also find re-dosing sinemet when awakening gets them back to sleep.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 03:52 PM

So if I wake up after only a couple of hours because of cramps, too much spit or a nightmare, taking sinemet could help me go back to sleep? Been trying to get a good night sleep for the past several months. The sleeping pills prescribed haven't helped with any of the things that wake me up.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 07:52 AM

Yes that is definitely possible and something you and your doc should discuss; along with a formal sleep study.

Michael S. Okun, M.D.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 02:03 PM

unfortunately, the Wichita VA's neurologist just retired. Hopefully they will have a new doctor soon - thank you for taking the time to reply

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 01:47 PM

Good luck!

Michael S. Okun, M.D.

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