London, Jul 9 (ANI): A Brit woman, who suffers from many aliments, is said to be so addicted to prescription drugs that even late King of Pop Michael Jackson's intake pales in comparison to hers.
Jeannette Barnes, 43, of Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, suffers from depression, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, high blood pressure, asthma, cholesterol problems, heartburn, vertigo, and allergies.
She takes at least 34 pills, gulps spoonfuls of medicine and puffs on three different inhalers in a day, and she claims to be hooked on the tablets prescribed by doctors over the years, starting with Valium.
Barnes now fears that her drug dependency will kill her, but she just cannot leave them immediately. Taking these drugs could be killing me but I can't come off them suddenly. When I try, I get the shakes," the Sun quoted her as saying.
"It takes me an hour every day just to take all my medicines," she said.
Barnes' problems began when she was diagnosed with the eating disorder anorexia as a teenager, and she was given diazepam, better known as Valium.
"I have been on diazepam since I was 17 and I'm now 43. I've never had a break from the drug," she explained.
As she struggled with the condition, with her weight plummeting to 5st at one point, Barnes developed additional problems.
Now she is barely able to leave the house, and fears for her future.
"I'm not getting the help I need. I'm on more tablets than Michael Jackson was and I could be dead," she added.
Her husband David, 44, who is her full-time carer, fears for life.
"She's on an excessive amount of drugs but nobody monitors it," he said.
"There's no doubt it will shorten her life span," he added.
Barnes consumes the following in a day:
Seroxat (depression) - two 20mg pills
Ramipril (high blood pressure) - one 10mg pill
Diclofenac (painkiller) - three 50mg pills
Ferrous sulphate (anaemia) - three 200mg doses
Peppermint oil (heartburn) - three 0.2ml doses
Cinnarizine (vertigo) - three 15mg tablets
Omeprazole (heartburn) - two 20mg tablets
Mebeverine (irritable bowel) - two 200mg doses
Diazepam (anxiety) - one 10mg tablet
Simvastatin (cholesterol) - one 40mg tablet
Zopiclone (insomnia) - 11mg tablets
Singulair (asthma) - 10mg puff on inhaler
Tylex (painkiller) - up to four 500mg doses a day
Salmeterol (asthma) - two 25microgramme puffs
Salbutamol (asthma) -100mcg but more puffs if needed
AeroBec (asthma) - two 250mcg puffs a day
Opticrom (dry eyes) - four 10ml doses
Nystatin (mouth problem) - four 30ml doses
Movicol (laxative) - as needed
Cetirizine (allergies) - one 10mg dose a day as needed
Gabapentin (nerve pain) - three 100mg pills
Gaviscon (heartburn) - 10mls four times a day
Glandosane (dry mouth) - 50ml or as needed (ANI)