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I am extremely concerned about the medication that my mother is on and the potential side effects and interactions. I am worried that the doctor is over prescribing her medicine and I am not sure who to contact about this. My mother recently has what I would call a breakdown, on Friday she was so irrationally angry that she assaulted two people, and then attempted suicide by taking an entire bottle of Valium. She currently has two doctors who prescribe her medication, one is her primary care doctor and the other is a heart doctor that she saw when she was in the hospital for chest pains.

The current list of ailments that the doctor has diagnosed her with include Chest Pain, Chronic Back Pain, Bilateral Renal cysts, Urinary incontinence, rectal bleeding, Angina class 3, Left ventricular hypertophy, diastolic dysfunction, coronary heart disease, Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty, Tobacco abuse, FH:CAD, ventral hernia, Depression, neuropathy, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, abdominal pain, fibromyalgia, and degenerative disc disease.

To treat all of this she is currently prescribed
Diazepam 10mg 1 tablet 3x daily as needed
Atorvastatin Calcium 10mg 1 tablet at bedtime
Pantoprazole Sod Dr 40mg 1 tablet daily
Lisinopril 5mg 1 tablet daily
Metoprolo Tartrate 25mg 1 tablet 2x daily
Clopidogrel Bisulfate 75mapo 1 tablet daily
Morphine Sulfer 30mg 1 tablet 2x daily
Nitrostat 0.4mg As needed
Sertraline Hcl 100mg 1 tablet daily
asprin 325mg 1 daily
oxyCodone 10-325mg (percocet) 1 tablet every 4 hrs as needed
furosemide 40mg (lasix) 1 tablet daily
quiNINE 324mg 1 tablet nightly

The charge nurse in the hospital made an off handed comment that she is taking a lot of very powerful medicines at very high doses, and I know that she has been on some of these pain pills for as I can remember.Are all of these medicines necessary, could these be causing some of her strange behavior.

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Thanks for posting your query at
I have gone through your question in detail and I can understand what you are going through.
Your mother is definitely on a large number of drugs. Moreover its possible that the brief change in her behavior could be delirious behavior precipitated by excess drugs that she is on. But most of them are essential for her illness. The two medications which can be considered to be reduced are diazepam and Percocet. Percocet can be reduced depending on the requirement. Diazepam 10 mg three times per day is a huge dose and can be a cause of delirium. It can be reduced to 10mg two times per day and then 10 mg ones per day at night.
Other drugs may be essential for her health.
Hope this helps,
Keep your doctor informed about the changes.
Kind regards
Dr. Srikanth Reddy

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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