Doctors don’t know everything

Neither do nurses, but damn…

Spinal stenosis and herniated discs are the current things diagnosed. 

Gonna try non-surgical treatment, considering age.  Fair enough.

Gabapentin prescribed.  Four doses in and my Mom calls me nearly in tears.

Confusion and hallucinations.  Tremors. 

Par for the course with gabapentin, should resolve.

But

I went and ran a head to toe…didn’t like what I found.

O2 satting around 92%.  Meh, could be worse.
BP 120/68.  That’s good.
Heart rate…holy shit.  Pulse ox is going from 70 to 120 to 65….
Apical pulse, 96 and irregular as hell.

NO MORE TAKING THIS!
“But the doctor said…”.

So, I called the MD who prescribed…that’s not a problem with gabapentin, keep taking it.

Um, NO.

Called cardiologist.  GET HIM OFF THAT SHIT NOW and he’ll be fine in 12-18 hours.

Six hours later, heart rate is still up near 80 (normally 60) BUT it is beating regularly again.

I don’t care what the doctor said it should/shouldn’t do…when someone’s heart rate goes from 60 to 96 and from regular to irregular 24 hours after starting a medication, something ain’t right.

 

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Charles Pergiel
    Mar 09, 2014 @ 04:06:22

    Somebody I know is taking this drug, or at least I think it’s this drug.

    From the Wikipedia article:
    Legal action

    Numerous cases have been brought against the makers of Neurontin, with convictions arising not only for the illegal promotion of off-label uses. In the first such case, Franklin v. Parke-Davis, whistleblower David Franklin sued under the False Claims Act on behalf of the Federal Government, and secured a $430 million settlement, of which the majority was incurred as fines and penalties in respect of guilty pleas to two felony counts of misbranding drugs under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, some awarded for customer restitution schemes, and around $24m awarded personally to Franklin in recognition of his importance in revealing the matter.[48]

  2. oldnfo
    Mar 09, 2014 @ 22:32:38

    Thankfully you were there… and DID do the right thing (get him off it)…

  3. fuzzysdad01
    Mar 10, 2014 @ 11:01:10

    Amen get him off the medication ASAP

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