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    How quickly do medicines work

    My mum was formerly diagnosed in December and prescribed some medication which she has been on 8 days now. How do these drugs work and how quickly might we see some benefit any what sort of improvement might we see?
    Tia

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    It depends on what the medication is as to what happens. The normal thing for AZ is Donepezil (Aricept) in which case you won't see an improvement just a slowing in the rate of decline.
    Other things like anti depressants can work quite quickly and can make a positive change for the better.
    Not all people react to a medication in the same way, things that work well for some people are a disaster for other people.
    All you can do is monitor it and be aware of the possible side effects.
    Sorry I can't be more helpful but it's a bit of a lottery.
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    Thank you for your reply. Yes it is Donepezil and she has been on antidepressants since August when she was telling gps she didn't feel right and had history of depression including bad postnatal depression after my brother was born.

    We will see......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkfizz View Post
    My mum was formerly diagnosed in December and prescribed some medication which she has been on 8 days now. How do these drugs work and how quickly might we see some benefit any what sort of improvement might we see?
    Tia
    For me, the medication took a month to six weeks before I realized all the benefits for the medication. A healthy diet, exercise, challenging her mind will help her as well...
    Last edited by rogerdoger; 13-01-2017 at 02:53 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkfizz View Post
    Thank you for your reply. Yes it is Donepezil and she has been on antidepressants since August when she was telling gps she didn't feel right and had history of depression including bad postnatal depression after my brother was born.

    We will see......
    Unfortunately Dementia is progressive. Only the symptoms can be managed. As above each patient is different. When my Mum was in hospital with a UTI it was obvious that the hospital, even with specialists involved had not managed to get her meds correct. It took a further few months of almost trial and error so it seemed for the docs to get it right in an NHS facility. Now my mother just slleps and smiles a lot but is no longer sundowning nor mounting daily escape attempts!

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