1. Expert Q&A: Protecting a person with dementia from financial abuse - Weds 26 June, 3:30-4:30 pm

    Financial abuse can have serious consequences for a person with dementia. Find out how to protect a person with dementia from financial abuse.

    Sam, our Knowledge Officer (Legal and Welfare Rights) is our expert on this topic. She will be here to answer your questions on Wednesday 26 June between 3:30 - 4:30 pm.

    You can either post questions >here< or email them to us at talkingpoint@alzheimers.org.uk and we'll answer as many as we can on the day.

  1. Codie

    Codie Registered User

    Aug 25, 2004
    10
    Berkshire
    Hello

    This is the first time I've every been on the site so hear goes...

    My Mum has recently been officially diagnosed and is taking Aricept.
    I know she's supposed to take it before she goes to bed but this is proving difficult.
    Does anyone know if it's OK to take with her eveing meal at 5-6pmish?
    Any answers gratefully received!
     
  2. Brucie

    Brucie Registered User

    Jan 31, 2004
    12,413
    near London
  3. Norman

    Norman Registered User

    Oct 9, 2003
    4,348
    Birmingham Hades
    Codie
    what time is bed time?
    The subject has been discussed as Bruce says but my wife has been on Aricept first 5MG then 10 MG for 7 years.
    She takes them during the evening and no adverse effects.

    All the best
    Norman
     
  4. Codie

    Codie Registered User

    Aug 25, 2004
    10
    Berkshire
    Norman

    My Mum usually goes to bed about 9-10pm. So she'd be taking the tablets about 4 hours before she goes to sleep. Although she sometimes forgets to go to bed without prompting as gets morning and night.

    Do let me know your thoughts.

    Thanks
     
  5. Chesca

    Chesca Guest

    Dear Codie

    Mum took aricept for two years and always at about 6.00 after her evening meal. She was also always in bed about 9.00. And it worked for her.

    Best wishes
    Chesca
     
  6. Jude

    Jude Registered User

    Dear Codie,

    My father takes Aricept 10mg every morning after breakfast. The tabs were originally prescribed at night but Dad didn't seem to be getting much benefit from them. After a chat with the Doctor we switched to mornings and they seem to have quite a bit more of an effect at this time of the day for some reason.

    Best wishes,

    Jude
     
  7. egg

    egg Registered User

    Jul 31, 2004
    36
    Birmingham
    My hubby was prescribed aricept to be taken after eating to lessen the likelihood of side effects like it upsetting his stomach. The specialist recommended after lunch but I wasn't keen as I wouldn't always be there so specialist changed it to after tea. There was never any mention of it having to have anything to do with sleep or time of day or anything. Does anyone know anything more about it? Also has anyone any knowledge of memantine?
     
  8. Izzy

    Izzy Volunteer Moderator

    Aug 31, 2003
    58,721
    Female
    Dundee
    My husband takes his when we go to bed - no matter what the time is. I wonder if it really depends on the individual? He has never had any side effects and they really do seem to have made a difference.
    Izzy
     
  9. Jude

    Jude Registered User

    Dear Izzy,

    It may be that it's just a question of finding out what medication time suits every single individual. My father now takes his Aricept just after breakfast. He has a huge appetite and his digestive system works and sounds like a plumber's worst nightmare. We never have to wonder if he is hungry, as his stomach gurgles and groans at an incredible decibel level.

    The Doctor thought that it would be best for Dad to take Aricept in the morning when it would be best released into his very active system. Others may find it easier to absorb during sleeping hours.

    I don't really know - perhaps it's just trial and error for a while here.

    Jude
     
  10. egg

    egg Registered User

    Jul 31, 2004
    36
    Birmingham
    google - aricept

    I looked on search engine google and found some info on aricpet which was informative if anyone wants to have a look.

    egg

    PS also info on memantine
     
  11. carol

    carol Registered User

    Jun 24, 2004
    196
    Surrey/Hampshire
    Hello egg,

    www.nice.org.uk gives all the information on aricept, these are the guidelines that the consultants follow. If you go to the website, type aricept in the search box, next page click on top one 100%. next page click on Drugs for Alz. disease - full guidance. You should find all the information that you want there.

    Hope this helps

    Best wishes,

    Carol
     
  12. Jude

    Jude Registered User

    Dear Carol,

    Many thanks for the information about Aricept.

    Jude
     
  13. Norman

    Norman Registered User

    Oct 9, 2003
    4,348
    Birmingham Hades
    Whilst the NICE site is very useful for information bear in mind the information given for Aricept is 3 years old,also a cut off time is not given as all individuals differ.
    Consultants work on the guide lines issued coupled with observations of the individual patient
    Norman
     
  14. carol

    carol Registered User

    Jun 24, 2004
    196
    Surrey/Hampshire
    Hello Norman,

    I understand that the NICE site for Aricept is dated January 2001, it was due to be reviewed in December 2003, but so far I have not been able to find any updates. My mother in laws consultant told my husband when her mmse score gets to 12 he has to follow government guidelines, he gave her score last week as 12 - 14.

    Carol
     

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