My son (who has a traumatic brain injury
) has been on temazepam for about two to three weeks for difficulty sleeping
and having terrible mental and mood changes. He was also on Prozac for about one month. Doctor said to stop Prozac. Could the temazepam be causing the mood and mental changes? Can he just stop taking it since he's only been on it for a couple weeks?
JA: The Psychologist can help. Just a couple quick questions before I transfer you. Has your son taken Temazepam or anything similar before?
Customer: No. He originally was on Lexapro for 16 yrs and was switched to Prozac. But he was told to stop Prozac yesterday and is not on any antidepressant now. Doc thought maybe Prozac was keeping him awake. Since the temazepam, he is still having problems getting to sleep (this drug is supposed to work in an hour or so). He also uses Melatonin 10 mg. and told to take (2) 25 mg. of Benedryl. With all this, he is still unable to get much sleep. I'm more concerned on his mental status. He is not himself mentally. This all occurred when he was put on blood pressure meds, changed the antidepressant, and added the temazepam.
JA: Has this been a chronic issue? Or does it come and go?
Customer: This has been since the temazepam which is for a couple weeks now that his mental status has changed dramatically.
JA: Anything else in his medical history you think the Psychologist should know?
Customer: Like I stated, he had a TBI since 2003. But he was doing very well, working a part-time job, exercising daily, and very upbeat. When he developed high blood pressure approx. 6 months, he was put on meds and when the blood was checked, it showed sodium levels so they thought the Lexapro may be causing it so they took him off of it (was on it for 16 yrs.) They changed his antidepressant. He started having the sleeping issues. They tried clomipramine, it didn't work. Then tried the temazepam. His mental status changed when all the medicines were changed.