1. Expert Q&A: Benefits - Weds 23 October, 3-4pm

    Our next expert Q&A will be on the topic of benefits. It will be hosted by Lauren from our Knowledge Services team. She'll be answering your questions on Wednesday 23 October between 3-4pm.

    You can either post your question >here< or email them to us at talkingpoint@alzheimers.org.uk and we'll be happy to ask them on your behalf.

  1. nurse

    nurse Registered User

    Oct 2, 2006
    1
    I am 54 years old and after a mild stroke a few years back, a hystery of hypertension and many years of battling high cholesteral etc, I have been placed of disability and on arecpt. The aricept has given my life back to me but does that neccesarily mean I have early alzheirmers. My internist has diagnosed me with dementia but has not stated what type. Does aricept work on vascular dementia?
     
  2. janey21

    janey21 Registered User

    Mar 11, 2004
    29
    sunderland
    hello nurse

    my grandad who has vascular dementia and alzheimers has been on aricept for the past four years.

    janey x
     
  3. jenniferpa

    jenniferpa Volunteer Moderator

    Jun 27, 2006
    39,439
    While it's not generally prescribed in the UK for anything but Alzheimers, it is used in other countries for people with other types of dementia. There have been several studies done that showed improved function in people with vascular dementia who were treated with aricept. Unfortunately, the last one also showed an increase in deaths. However, there is some evidence that this result was skewed by an abnormally low (i.e. 0) death rate in the group NOT receiving the drug, because the actual death rate in the group receiving Aricept was in line with previous studies. So it's definitely effective, and the jury's still out on whether it is safe. So, just because you have responded to aricept does not mean that you have AZ. Just make sure (obviously) that you carry on doing whatever you're doing to reduce your chances of future strokes etc.

    Jennifer
     
  4. Lila13

    Lila13 Registered User

    Feb 24, 2006
    1,342
    When I was hassling about a post mortem for my mother, people said lots of people are on Aricept and no-one dies of it!

    Well, of course they don't die of it if no-one does a post mortem, they can put whatever they like on death certificates.

    Lila
     

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