Medications

  • Aricept (also known as Donepezil) - One of two standard

     dementia medications Mom began taking as soon as she

     was diagnosed. Does not stop the disease, but has 

     helped lessen/stabilize symptoms for Mom. 

  • Namenda (also known as memantine) - One of two standard  dementia medications Mom began taking as soon as she was diagnosed. Does not stop the disease, but has helped lessen/stabilize symptoms for Mom.

  • Mirtazapine - A sleeping pill that made a wonderful difference in all our lives! Mom takes a low dose pill each evening, about an hour before her normal bedtime, and our sleepless nights have been reduced dramatically. (Post: You deserve a break today..., Mother's Little Helpers)

  • Busiprone - Prescribed by her geriatric psych doctor for anxiety, we noticed immediately the positive effects on Mom. She's been taking it for about a year, with lessened benefits now, but still part of her daily pill-popping routine. (Post: Mother's Little Helpers)

  • Zoloft - Prescribed by her geriatric psych doctor for depression, it has helped a lot, but like the Busiprone, it's benefits have lessened as her progression has increased. I also take a low dose of Zoloft each day and it is super helpful in keeping me steady when everything in Mom's world is going south. (Post: Downer Town: The Sequel, Downer Town III: So long suckers!)

  • Seroquel - Prescribed by her geriatric psych doctor for rage. It took about a month for the low dose of 25mg twice daily to really kick in, and while we're still experiences some angry moments (showers - the bane of our existence) it's been a gawdsend. 

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