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Forced to take medication

Postby Bettyboop » Thu Nov 15, 2012 2:07 pm

I'm feeling low and frustrated.
I'm on a section 3 (6 month section) and being forced to take medication.*
I'm complying because I don't want to be restrained but the medication makes me feel bad (bad side effects) and even though I have told the consultant this she does not seem to care. She increased my meds yesterday even though I said u felt fine on the dose I'm on. I expressed my concerns but she didn't listen.*

I know on a s3 I have no choice over weather I take meds but I did expect my opinion to be considered. Maybe I expected too much.*

Because I have no choice I feel a bit like I'm being abused. Like I said no ad they did it anyway.*
I feel like I have no rights and they are just using me as a play thing.*

There is one medication I am on which I believe works really well for me: I have had less hallucinating and less anxiety since starting it. I told the doctor this and then she said "well let's change that medication" eh? I don't understand why she wants to change a medication that is beneficial to me?*

Anyone else been though similar? Any advice? *
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Re: Forced to take medication

Postby Cheze2 » Thu Nov 15, 2012 10:31 pm

I'm in the US so the laws are a little different here. Do you have a disability rights office that you could contact and explain your situation to them? Perhaps they will be able to give you some advice and/or advocate for you?
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Re: Forced to take medication

Postby n0body » Fri Nov 16, 2012 12:57 am

I've been through that yes. In the US we call it a court order but it's the same outcome. You can't refuse treatment and they don't listen when you're being hurt.

I tried to tell them the drugs they were giving me were making me so sick and increasing the torture I feel inside, increasing the hallucinations and all that and they responded by raising the dose and making me even sicker.

It sucked so so much, I wanted to die. I was able to spit out some of the pills, but it was hard to do with them there watching and checking. They also have injections so if they catch you doing that they just start giving you injections instead :(

I'm sorry this is happening to you. Just keep communicating what is happening and what your desires are. I don't know the law there so can't help you on that, but if it's anything like here you really don't have any choice and probably won't be heard :(
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Re: Forced to take medication

Postby CrackedGirl » Fri Nov 16, 2012 2:28 pm

Being under section and losing your liberty then being forced to take meds is a horrible thing to experience - it is horrible being in hospital. I really think you should get yourself an independent advocate hon. As you are under section you should be entitled to one. Ask the nurses for a contact number for advocacy or your ward service user rep who there should be posters about on the ward. Once you have got one see what they can do to help. It is better to have an independent one than family or friends

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