Psychiatry, Drug Rehabilitation
Ref. # 50238
A Michigan man was admitted to a chemical dependency program for heroin and cocaine addiction. He had been taking Ativan (two mg three times daily) as prescribed by a psychiatrist four months prior. Upon admittance he was given Librium, Catapres, Restoril, Vitamin B-6 and Serax. He suffered anxiety due to Ativan withdrawal and five days after admittance suffered a grand mal seizure and fell, resulting in a fracture at T-8. A medQuest psychiatrist with expertise in drug rehabilitation opined that the patient was undermedicated on the fourth and fifth days of admittance, directly resulting in the seizure. Furthermore, the patient should have been in a benzodiazepine detoxification program as well.