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My wife is currently undergoing treatment at CMC Vellore for intestinal TB and IBD.

However before going to Vellore, she was prescribed in Kolkata a lot of unnecessary and irrational drugs, totally unrelated to her disease.

Two of them were Ethosuximide 500 mg and Clonazapem.

According to CMC doctors as well as some neuro-specialists in UK and USA whom I have contacted, these drugs (which she continued for 6 years before visiting CMC) are for epilepsy. Since my wife had no trace of epilepsy, these have caused some permanent, irreversible damage to central / autonomic nervous system.

But they do not say to what extent the damage has been caused, or what could be the effect of such damage in future life of the patient.

The TB is cured, so are the gastointestinal symptoms.

She has now largely tension, sleep disturbance, lethargy, etc.

Could you guide us on this matter?

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I wanted to let you know that I've given your question a great deal of fault, and some research and as a nurse and from a nurses standpoint, there's not a whole lot that I can really say that a physician can't say better. If your wife did not have any kind of epileptic or seizure activity and was given that drug, have you asked the doctor as to why she was prescribed that drug? I would be interested in finding out why she was given that medication to begin with. In any case I don't know what you have been advised by anyone else, but it seems to me that you should contact a an attorney because your wife had no reason to be given those medications, apparently and she is having a lot of sequelae from them -A lot of side effects. That is just my opinion. A good attorney will see you for free for a primary consultation, and can get her medical records and look into why she was given a medication that his caused her multiple side effects as well as long lasting side effects. That is what concerns me so much. By the way, most attorneys that work with malpractice have nurses that work for them and do the kind of work that I'm doing. I wish you the very best.






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I AM NOT AN ATTORNEY; I am a nurse. If anyone seeks a NURSE'S VIEW with an "old school" approach to patient care, I will go to great lengths to assist them. I was trained that mistakes can be avoided by a cautious approach to patient care. To prevent any errors the patient must come first. I CANNOT provide legal advice, but if I cannot guide a client in the right direction I will search out an answer for them. I have a strong background in pharmacology along with a working knowledge of hospitals,namely medical surgical units, including cardiac units; also outpatient internal medicine clinics; I have maintained excellent working relationships with physicians, and this can prevent many simple errors. I have some limited experience in Nursing Homes and rehab units where, unfortunately, many medical and healthcare errors occur due to under-staffing. I own many reference books which are up-to-date on procedures, treatments and pharmaceuticals (drugs). NOTE: I do not possess any operating room experience.

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As a nurse, I bring a strong background in pharmacology along with a working knowledge of hospitals, medical surgical units, including telemetry and cardiac units; some limited experience in Nursing Facilities. I possess an "old school" approach to patient care, in that mistakes are avoided by careful planning, and putting your patient first. I own many reference books which are up-to-date on procedures, treatments and pharmaceuticals (drugs).

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Nursing school with diploma; Dean's List in college. 20-plus years nursing in general hospitals, med/surgical, cardiology; also nursing facilities, home health and rehabilitation centers. Additional continuing ed courses in Pharmacology. In recent years employed by psychologists to assist in preparation of Psychological Profiles for Social Security Disability Determination.

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Dean's List in college. Haven taken many continuing education classes specializing in cardiac and respiratory care as well as pharmacology.

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