Hi All...I had a similar hospital experience...after spending several hours in the ER, following a diagnosis of a serious rectal abcess, the doctors made the decision that the abcess could be safely excised w/out surgery. Personally, I was hoping for the surgery as I'm not keen on needles & pain. Anyway, the next morning I was wheeled down to the basement area & I was the only patient (note: this was at Brigham & Women's, a major Boston hospital & I felt like I was in a Robin Cook medical thriller...creepy!). I was freaking out but so glad when told that I would be given Ativan. So, they get ready to infuse the drug & state that they're giving me 1mg! Needless to say, it did nothing. They added another mg. & guess what? Finally, I'm given a 3rd mg. & am told that that's the max! They may as well have given me a placebo. Fortunately, I was injected w/ alot of Lidocaine (ugh...hate that stingy stuff!) & the rest was painless, thankfully.
Question: I'm an insomniac (although I could sleep all day) & had been prescribed sleeping pills. Like anti-depressants, I was unable to handle the side-effects. My therapist has suggested that, rather than take my 3rd dose of Klonipin, at bedtime, that we replace this with Seroquel (generic name: Quetiapine). This drug is an anti-psychotic used for Manic-Depression & Schizophrenia & has numerous side-effects. She told me that I would be put on a minute dose & not to worry about these effects. While I don't have either of these illnesses, my mind tends to race w/ thoughts (often negative) when I try to go to sleep. Has anyone had any experience w/ this drug or another type of anti-psychotic?
25+ yrs. Crohn's Disease Sufferer; 2yr. Ostomate (ileostomy)
2yr. Remission for Conjunctival Malignant Melanoma
Cipro as needed; Children's Vitamin/B-12 Supplement; Xanax as needed; Clonazepam 3x daily; Levothyroxin for Hypothyroidism (too many former Crohn's drugs to list)
Several Eye meds used to help prevent further damage resulting from treatment for eye cancer
(former 6-MP/Remicade user - ceased due to cancer diagnosis)
Resection-'91, Sub-total Colectomy-'93, Rectal Abcess Excision-'01, Ileostomy-'06 (several other unrelated surgeries)