AMITRIPTYLINE: Several Students Hospitalized After Taking Prescription Drug – OK

“Stupid decision, Dr. Glisson,” the students told her before heading to the
hospital down the street. The drug? Amitriptyline. What’s that? The principal
didn’t know either, so she Googled it.

“Sluggishness, lethargy,
red eyes,” said Glisson. It’s an antidepressant, whose unbeknownst side effects
include the swift response of concerned adults.

posted: Wednesday December 9 @ 7:36 pm ET
I attend Sapulpa High School. The administrators are
making this seem like its no big deal. The kids were foaming at the
mouth,shakeing uncontolably,and passing out. The kids that were though to be on
the medication were taking out of class and sent back in after questioing.
Everybody in the school is worriered about our friends we asked for updates on
the students and got none. They wont tell us if they lived or not. All we have
to go on is rumors.
rescription for Danger
12/08/09 9:48 pm   |   reporter: Burt Mummolo
producer: Burt Mummolo
Sapulpa – The lesson plan at Sapulpa High School on
Monday contained an impromptu demonstration of grace under pressure.

“Lunchtime was approaching pretty fast, we had about
10 minutes to make a decision,” said principal Dr. Jenyfer Glisson, recalling
the moments just after being made aware that an unknown number of students had
taken some prescription pills that weren’t prescribed to
them.

“It was one student who had brought something from the
family medicine cabinet,” said superintendent Dr. Mary Webb.

Her administrators were faced
with the decision of keeping the info under wraps or going public.

“What’s more important? People knowing about the situation or
kids safety?” she asked.

“This is the right thing to do,”
said Glisson, “and the announcement was made to the
students.”

“Ms. Glisson said, ‘If you took any prescription
pills this morning, I need you to come to the office because a lot of people
are getting sick’,” said one student.

It paid off. Five
students came to the office.

“Stupid decision, Dr. Glisson,”
the students told her before heading to the hospital down the street. The
drug? Amitriptyline. What’s that? The principal didn’t know either, so she
Googled it.

“Sluggishness, lethargy, red eyes,” said Glisson.
It’s an antidepressant, whose unbeknownst side effects include the swift
response of concerned adults.

“We take our drug policy and
drug use very seriously in Sapulpa,” said
Webb.

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Student Has Violent, Homicidal Thoughts on Prozac

“I imagined myself going into the kitchen, grabbing a knife and stabbing my mother.”

 

On my 19th birthday I was a silly boy and took an ecstasy tablet, and over the next few weeks suffered a type of drug-induced psychoses. I initially had false beliefs such as someone was going to kill me, and was generally paranoid. I quickly recovered after 10 days, but 3 weeks later thanks to Prozac, the worst was yet to come.

Instead of recovering from the ecstasy I did two University exams, which caused me to become psychotic again the next week. I had anxiety, felt out of touch with reality, I felt as though I did not exist and was depressed. My local GP thought I simply had depression and prescribed me 20mg Prozac per day. The next two nights I woke up in the middle of the night and felt as though I was in nightmare I couldn’t get out of.

After the third dose I felt absolutely terrible, the worst I have ever felt. I saw colours, and thought things like the next-door neighbour was a zombie. I drank water excessively. I thought it was just the ecstasy. All I could do was lie in my bed and wait for this to pass.

By evening I was really scared for no apparent reason, had nausea, a headache, could not eat a thing and the worst of all, everything in the room was overwhelming, and soon objects appeared to move from side-to-side, and my pink blanket was moving like an ocean. This must be similar to an experience on LSD. So I called my mother who is a nurse, and she thought that it could not possibly be the Prozac and suggested that I take the next dose. So I dimmed the lights and went to sleep.

The next morning I felt better and took the next dose. A few hours later I started to feel terrible again, and soon I had violent thoughts. I strongly imagined myself using a knife to harm my neighbours. It was terrible, the thoughts were so strong. I called my mother and told her and she came down and noticed how hot I felt. So she took me to the hospital. We managed to see a nurse who did a medical check-up. My blood pressure was extremely high (160). Being a Sunday we waited for 3 hours but saw no doctor and I started to feel better so we went home. I still had anorexia, was drinking excessively and had a rash.

The next morning I felt better for twenty minutes after waking up, then the strong violent thoughts returned. I imagined myself going into the kitchen, grabbing a knife and stabbing my mother. They were so terrible that I grit my teeth and had terrible muscle tremors. So we went to the hospital again and in my head going over and again was ‘Kill Kill Kill’. We saw a doctor and everything was fine medically except for my bilirubin levels, which is a substance produced by the liver. It is normally 25, but read over 90. Therefore my body could not break down Prozac.

We saw a psychiatrist who did not mention anything about the Prozac, and did not prescribe me any anti-psychotics. The next few nights I still felt terrible and had a sort of a manic-episode with racing thoughts and agitation. Two weeks later I had a check-up by the psychiatrist who prescribed me anti-psychotics, but my body could not handle them. Thus I was referred to a gastroenterolgist who said that my liver function was affected by the Prozac, and so I had to wait a month before I could take anti-psychotics.

3 months after the Prozac I still have not recovered and still have a long way to. I still have violent thoughts occasionally. Taking ecstasy and then the Prozac was not a good combination at all. Well, we all make mistakes.

 

7/28/2002

This is Survivor Story number 18.
Total number of stories in current database is 48

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