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Medications

Thanks to Michelle Mazzone, RN for the following.

INTRODUCTION

It is a challenge to determine which medication(s) will the most effective. Medications and their side effects impact each individual differently.

Talk to a physician and be prepared to consider some issues. The following are some questons which you may ask:

 

  1. Are there any interactions with current medications being taken?
  2. What are the possible side effects?
  3. How do I know if and when the medication is effective?
  4. How long does the medication take to get into the system and to demonstrate its effectiveness?
  5. Are there any interactions with food?
  6. Should a particular medication be taken on an empty stomach or with food?
  7. How long is it safe to be on a particular medication and is it safe to change medications?

    Medications to treat Alzheimer's disease can slow it down and may delay the need for institutional care. The following are descriptive statements about four medications used to treat Alzheimer's Disease.

 

ARICEPT

This is approved to treat all stages(mild, moderate, severe) of Alzheime 's Disease.

It may help cognition and functional ability in performing everyday tasks.

Side Effects include:

Fainting, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, bruising, sleeplessness, muscle cramps, loss of appetite, tiredness

It should not be taken if at risk for somach ulcers or other serious stomach problems.

 

EXELON

This is approved to treat at the mild to moderate stages.

Side Effects include:

Vomiting and weight loss.

 

RAZADYNE

This is approved to treat at mild to moderate stages

It can slow down memory loss.

Side Effects include:

Stomach upsets and slowed heart rate(which can lead to fainting).

NAMENDA

NAMENDA

This approved to treat moderate to severe stages.

Side Effects include:

Dizziness, constipation, headaches, temporary period of confusion when beginning the medication.


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