Anti-depressant with Alzheimers

JEAN.M

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Hello I'm Jean and my husband Dennis was diagnosed with Alzheimer's 3 years ago. Following a visit from a dementia support adviser who suggested Dennis was of low mood the GP has suggested he be put on an anti-depressant (Sertraline). Have any members had experience of this medication with the person they care for and how it affected that person? Thanks for any info.
 

LynneMcV

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Hello @JEAN.M and welcome to the forum.

My husband used to take sertraline and he did very well on it. Before he was started on the medication he had become quite tearful at times - but his mood and enjoyment of life was so much better afterwards.

Of course, people react in different ways to various medications, but for us it proved to be a winner.
 

jennifer1967

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my husband was put on sertraline about 2 years ago and we didnt have any issues although it wasnt enough for him. they have different strengths. i have it as well and we take it in the morning. its supposed to disturb sleep if taken at night.
 

JEAN.M

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Hello @JEAN.M and welcome to the forum.

My husband used to take sertraline and he did very well on it. Before he was started on the medication he had become quite tearful at times - but his mood and enjoyment of life was so much better afterwards.

Of course, people react in different ways to various medications, but for us it proved to be a winner.
Thank you so much. He is very tearful particularly in the mornings and also gets quite emotional over things but the list of side effects (as with most medications) is quite worrying and I don't want to make things worse. Your comments make me feel better about it. I'm
 

Carmenjane

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My partner has been taking it for a couple of years and it really helps with low mood and even more with anxiety. He used to worry so much about every little thing, that’s much better now. a low dose is usually tried out first and gradually increased if necessary.
 

JEAN.M

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My partner has been taking it for a couple of years and it really helps with low mood and even more with anxiety. He used to worry so much about every little thing, that’s much better now. a low dose is usually tried out first and gradually increased if necessary.
Thank you so much for your reply. I am receiving good reports on it's use - I don't think you can beat hearing from people who are actually using it.
 

JEAN.M

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my husband was put on sertraline about 2 years ago and we didnt have any issues although it wasnt enough for him. they have different strengths. i have it as well and we take it in the morning. its supposed to disturb sleep if taken at night.
Thank you. Yes I understand it should be taken in the morning. It's good to hear from people actually using it rather than jusrwhattheHP says
 

lollyc

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Thank you so much. He is very tearful particularly in the mornings and also gets quite emotional over things but the list of side effects (as with most medications) is quite worrying and I don't want to make things worse. Your comments make me feel better about it. I'm
Sometimes it is trial and error to find what works. Please don't give up if this doesn't seem effective, there are many more options. Mum took Mirtazipine, which helped a lot with the crying and anxiety. We did have to increase the dose as the dementia progressed, but it helped make things a bit more bearable for us both.
 

JEAN.M

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Sometimes it is trial and error to find what works. Please don't give up if this doesn't seem effective, there are many more options. Mum took Mirtazipine, which helped a lot with the crying and anxiety. We did have to increase the dose as the dementia progressed, but it helped make things a bit more bearable for us both.
Mirtazipine was also mentioned to me by the GP but he came down in favour of the Sertraline. Will have to see how it goes and take it from there. I feel I have to do something as it is distressing to see how he is sometimes when he is so tearful and upset. Thanks for your response.
 

Rayreadynow

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Hello I'm Jean and my husband Dennis was diagnosed with Alzheimer's 3 years ago. Following a visit from a dementia support adviser who suggested Dennis was of low mood the GP has suggested he be put on an anti-depressant (Sertraline). Have any members had experience of this medication with the person they care for and how it affected that person? Thanks for any info.
Its very common. But as I understand it, its not treating Alz just the symptoms.
 

JEAN.M

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Its very common. But as I understand it, its not treating Alz just the symptoms.
Thanks for your reply. No it does not treat the Alzheimers (my husband was diagnosed too late during Covid to receive any medication) - the anti-depressant is merely to try and alleviate the symptoms of low mood anxiety and tearfulness which accompanies this disease (understandably)
 

lollyc

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Its very common. But as I understand it, its not treating Alz just the symptoms.
Nothing treats dementia, all we can do for our PWD is manage the symptoms as best we can. That's rather like saying morphine doesn't treat cancer.
 

Rayreadynow

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Thanks for your reply. No it does not treat the Alzheimers (my husband was diagnosed too late during Covid to receive any medication) - the anti-depressant is merely to try and alleviate the symptoms of low mood anxiety and tearfulness which accompanies this disease (understandably)
There are so many different anti-depressants. Covid has had an impact on so many people. My PWD was affected by covid too...so many services were unavailable at that time.