... are both on Aricept and Namenda. It is hard to know if it is helping either one of them but they tolerate it well. ... (3 replies)
... My Mom tried both Aricept and Namenda, but the gastro intestinal side effects made it impossible to continue. ... (3 replies)
... My dad, 86, was recently put on Aricept for mild to moderate dementia. ... (3 replies)
... My Dad was on Aricept and Namenda for years. He was actually misdiagnosed until the last few years. We were told he had Alzheimer's but in reality he had Vascular Dementia. ... (3 replies)
... What you described is very much the same experience I had with my Mom. We started noticing depression and medication was prescribed. But that did not change anything. The symptoms continued. ... (1 replies)
... Both of my parents were on Aricept and Namenda for a period of time. If I had to do it all over again, I would not use either of these medications. ... (1 replies)
... I'm with Martha... I don't think it was the aricept that caused the problem but his lack on inhibition because of the dementia. I also doubt that the facility never saw such behavior before. ... (16 replies)
... I put my mother on Aricept last Sept. ... (16 replies)
... Totally negatvie experience. My Mom was 95 when her doctor presecribed it, and the only result was non stop diarrhea lasting 5 more days after we stopped it. Mom was already in mid stage AD and the family doctor did not seem to know that those drugs only work for a short time when started early enough. It might slow the progress enough to allow a younger person to hold down... (16 replies)
... However, in talking with a number of co workers, it seems that everyone whose parent was over 80 when starting it, had a very negative experience with it. ... (16 replies)
... I understood your post Diane and I was agreeing with you. It comes down to quality vs quantity of life. Actually, in part, it was being here during your experience with your Mom going off the meds that helped me understand the possibilities. I thank you for sharing that time in your Mom's struggle. ... (12 replies)
... Take a step back Jannar. The reason your Mom went to the psychiatrist and was put on aricept was because she has dementia. Dementia causes them to be unable to make decisions for themselves. ... (15 replies)
Well, my 82 year old Mom who was getting worse (slowly) with memory was also having a horrible time with running sores all over her body. This went on for several months and coincided with her new med: Namenda. If you read or remember my post, I was frustrated with doctors not having a clue what to do about this. Well, I got online and found an immunologist... (3 replies)
... Welcome to the board looking. This is a great place with lots of super people that have been or are where you are. They have great advice earned through experience. They have been my sanity!!
You are right. Alzheimer's Disease can not be definitely diagnosed until autopsy but Dementia consistent with Alzheimer's Disease can be diagnosed. If it would make you feel more... (9 replies)
... If your Dad is having trouble with balance AND is suffering from dementia have him tested for Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH). If caught early enough it IS reversible! My husband was misdiagnosed with "early Alzheimers" by the time the correct diagnosis was made the brain was irreparably damaged.
Get him to a neurologist who is familiar with NPH. They should do a CAT scan... (3 replies)
... Georgie brings up some good points Sandy ...
Any kind of illness (seen and unseen) can trigger some magnificent behaviours !! Urinary Tract Infections are 'typical' in our AD loved ones (their hygiene levels deteriorate, and it doesn't matter WHAT kind of care they're in .. they're always prone to them) plus their immune system is already compromised so they'll get anything... (16 replies)
... but, not both together. I have also heard that Aricept and Namenda are sometimes prescribed to work in conjunction for the condition of AD. But, I have not heard of Exelon being used with Namenda. ... (11 replies)
... I am glad to share what little I know about these drugs. I have been told that a lot of times doctors stop aricept when they think that it is not working. ... (11 replies)
... Thanks for sharing your experience. It helps to know what we may be in store for. Sorry to hear all that your Mom has been/is going through. And you too. Reading this board is very frightening but I've also been learning a lot.
She does live with my father but he has a whole set of different issues. He and I don't talk very much so it's hard to find out things. I feel... (10 replies)
... since early 2003, plus enough other vitamins and suppliments to add up to 13 pills a day. My internet searches all indicate that the period of effectiveness for Aricept is typically 6 months to a year, with some indication of slight help for up to three years. ... (9 replies)