"Were withdrawal symptoms ignored?"
About: Maroondah Hospital Maroondah Hospital Ringwood East 3135
Posted by Best Practice (as ),
Really Maroondah? ? ? An old woman comes to you for help with a serious condition. She has been on Lyrica 600 mg daily for a number of years. Without apparently consulting the patient, her family, her GP or more appropriately her Pain Management Consultant! ! ! The Doctors cut her dose to 150mg per day! !
When she developed GI Upset, and other classic withdrawal symptoms and was in agony and confused- it seemed that not one single doctor or nurse considered the possibility that they had sent a poor old woman into severe withdrawal! ! ! Words completely fail me. No apparent consultation with anyone who knows and cares for the patient. It would seem just your personal judgemental uneducated strike of a pen. Had medical personnel actually taken the time to check? Any Lyrica withdrawals should be done at slow 10% per month, with strict weekly follow up. A family member rung me to say that she was still really unwell, thankfully I take my education a bit more seriously and knew immediately that she had been and was continuing to suffer severe withdrawal. Amazingly a few hours after she resumed her normal doses, instead of a confused falls risk in agony... there she stood quick as a snap. These patients may be old, medical staff, they still deserve to be treated in a professional, best evidence based practice manner. Can not believe in this day and age this lady was subjected to this... But apparently despite all clear evidence of withdrawal... it would seem that every single medical personnel attending her failed to connect the dots. Totally Disgusted