My parents went on a couples trip with their church to Oregon. They all stayed on one big farm in a gorgeous farmhouse and went out during the day on excursions and then had a cook at the farm where they all ate together in the evening. They had a wonderful time. Well she was telling one of the other couples how she has such a hard time sleeping. The man was telling her that he took a med to sleep that had really helped him and that his wife took it too. Well when they went upstairs to get ready for bed that night, the same man knocked on their door and had a pill bottle in hand, gave mom a pill and told her to bite it in half and just take the half because that is what his wife does. So I'm thinking maybe this is something natural or OTC but it wasn't. He gave her Klonopin! (sp)
I just couldn't believe that number one, this man thought it was OK for him to share his prescriptions with his wife AND my Mother and number two, my Mom actually thought it was OK for her to take some pill that she knew absolutely nothing about! I explained to her what Klonopin is and that it is a controlled drug and what this man did was illegal and very dangerous! Holy Cow!
She understands now, but my goodness what if it had caused a bad reaction in her. They were way out of town on a farm for goodness sake!
Scared me to death! I told her from now on she and my dad are not to take any meds without googling them first. Then if they have questions they are to talk to their Doctor before they even think about taking the med.
Has anyone else had this problem with their elderly parents?