LonelyLucy Posted October 4, 2007 Share Posted October 4, 2007 I am posting out of frustration with my husband and his pdoc. My husband is on Effexor XR 450mgs., Provigil 200mgs, Ambien 10mgs and Mirapex 1mg. Husband is on these medications for depression/anxiety. The ambien, of course to help him sleep. The mirapex for RLS (terrible RLS!). And the Provigil .. I am assuming, to help him stay awake after taking all of his night time medications? I guess the provigil is also supposed to help in augmenting the Effexor ..? Husbands new(er) pdoc began him on this "cocktail" approximately three years ago. I believe I have totally lost my husband .. the man I thought I knew and loved. Approximately six months after beginning this totally new medication regimen, husband begin frequenting the bar .. night after night. He is NOW what I would call an alcoholic. He cannot/does not want to go without drinking. He used to be able to sit in the bar all night (when we would go together .. a couple of times a month) and drink beer. He was happy with that. Since he has been on the new regimen, he (currently) drinks up to six (or more?) shots of jaeger along with his 12 (or more) beers .. nightly. He spend money wrecklessly .. of course the drinking being the prime culprit. But there are other instances where it appears like he has no idea of the amount of money he is spending on a daily basis. He is oblivious?? He claims that he can't work anymore. It used to be that he claimed (relayed to me and his pdoc) that he could not focus, remember ,etc on the jobs he would work on. He is a self-employed building contractor. Now it finally comes out that he does not enjoy working his business any longer, so he is not even trying to pursue jobs to bring in a monthly income. Husband also has beome even more of a slob. Sorry .. but he really didn't care much about taking care of himself or the environment (his home) around him before. Since he has been on his new medication regimen .. unbelievably it has gotten worse! I accompanied my husband to his three month med check appt a couple of months ago. At that appt. his pdoc insisted that he could not/would not change my husband's medication unless he got off (or cut back dramatically) his drinking. He claims that he can't tell what it is (or isn't) doing for him. I understand his reasoning. My theory is that it is husband's current medication cocktail that put him where he is. I am so terrribly frustrated about this! I believe that the high dose Effexor XR that he is on (450mgs) has given him the alcohol cravings. I am also thinking that the Mirapex (1 mg) that he takes nightly is contributing to the compulsiveness .. having to have to drink. Does anyone here agree with me? If not, can you explain to me (in simple terms) how/why these medications would not do this to him. I have been reading a lot on my internet searches, but am not totally understanding the medical terminology. After reading several posts on this board, it appeared to me that there are many well educated people that could (maybe?) explain to me what might be (or not?) happening to my husband. Any feedback you can give would be very much appreciated! LL Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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