My MIL is an OTC med junkie. For every minor ache or pain or the slightest discomfort, she has to run to her drawer to find alka-seltzer, immodium, tylenol, pepto bismol, and the biggy...orajel. She goes through a $10 bottle of orajel per day. I've seen her using it like mouth wash. Every day she talks about going back to CVS to buy more. I've talked to the nurse at her dr.'s office and she said to just take it away, but it's not that easy. She DEMANDS it. Luckily, she forgets about it when we're out and about. But sooner or later the subject of getting more orajel comes up. She is a regular patient at her dentist, so all sources of discomfort have been addressed over and over.
The same goes for tylenol. I've pretty much taken that away because she will ask for some and I'll give it to her and half an hour later, she'll ask for more. I feel that when I'm not there, she OD's on it, which is so dangerous. So now that she doesn't have tylenol, she will take her prn imitrex for a non-migraine headache! Who knows how many of those she takes? It's scary.
She will be moving to an assisted living facility later this month, thank God. I guess we'll just have to let the staff know that she is not to have these meds unless they give them to her. But I just know she will ask for them relentlessly and probably purchase them if they take her out shopping.
This has been a life-long problem. Only before, she was a prescription drug junkie. Xanax and ritalin. She is simply uwilling to deal with any little twinge that causes her even the slightest discomfort. After I told her she wasn't supposed to have immodium anymore, she asked, "well what do I do if I get diarrhea?" I told her, "Have diarrhea, I guess". Unfathomable. But, we are getting her meds changed and trying to figure out why she may has chronic diarrhea, so hopefully, she won't have to live with it like she has for years. (She has irritable bowel syndrome which is linked to her intense anxiety and the dr. says her addiction to immodium is actually making it worse)
She manipulates my SIL into getting these meds for her. It's an issue that needs to be addressed because I know she will be begging her for them when she gets to the ALF.