calming medication


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Jan 8, 2007
mam has been in care now for 6 weeks and its been just awful, the home is nice the staff are lovely but mam doesn,t want to be there, i take her out for the day every other day and is relativly all right when out and about but in the home she is up all night wandering the corridoors waking other people, going into their rooms, pulling down curtains, throwing things out of windows, throwing plants, setting fire alarms off. she has no short term memory at all and when we are out she can,t even remember she is in a care home. at present she is given half a milligram of lorazapan when becoming agitated which doesnt seem to be working, has anyone any experience of any medication which has helped in a similar situation,i worry they will not be able to keep her there much longer, any views appreciated


Registered User
Feb 24, 2006
Hi jj

I don't know much about calming medication, although I am sure you will hear from someone who does. My mum was on Temazepam (sp?) but had to come off it as it also made her sleepy during the day. Have you spoken to your mother's GP? Have the home said that they may not be able to keep her? I know that this must be very worrying for you and hope you manage to sort something out.
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Feb 26, 2006
Mary was on pericyazine for extreme agitation which was very effective, however the side effect was tremors in the hands. Mary was on pericyazine for a year and once she no longer needed medication the tremors gradually subsided. With hindsight it was worth the worry over the side effects to see Mary relatively calm and it was just a phase she was going through.


blue sea

Registered User
Aug 24, 2005
I think I would ask for a referral to the psychatric service so that a wider range of medication can be considered. All medication has risk factors but this needs to be balanced against the benefits. Such night time problems are not unusual, sadly, but a change of medication could alleviate the problems to some extent, though it might increase the risk of falls. No easy answers, but getting advice from a specialist would be helfpul.
Blue sea


Registered User
Jan 8, 2007
thanks for your replies mam is in a duel registered home and is presently in the residential part but they have said she may have to go to the nursing part because of her agitation. Doctor been today and she is going to have 10mg temezapan from tonight, we are going to see how she is with that, thanks again

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