Dothiepin and Alzheimer's - Urgent reply please!

Shakey1961a

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Nov 7, 2004
111
Southport
HI.

Was wondering if anyone had any experience of any of their loved ones who had Alzheimers and also took Dothiepin?

Mum is on this drug and according to the fact sheets it should NOT be given to people who have alzheimers?

Have you noticed that your loved ones have become more confused or agressive?

Urgent reply would be most appreciated.
 

jools

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Jun 29, 2004
39
dothiepin

hi Shakey,

Looked Dothiepin up in a medical book and it came up with this;

Dothiepin Hydrocloride; An antidepressant drug of the tricyclic group. Can be used to treat depressive illness esp. where sedation is required.

Side effects; loss of intricacy in movement and thought, dry mouth, blurred vision and constipation; there may also be difficulty in urinating, sweating, irregular heartbeat, behavioural disturbances, a rash ,a state of confusion and changes in appetite and libido.

Should not be administered to patients who suffer from certain heart disorders, psychosis or mania. It should be adminstered with care to patients who suffer from diabetes, epilepsy, liver or thyroid disease, closed angle glaucoma or urinary retention. Withdrawal of treatment must be gradual. ('Medicines; The Comprehensive Guide' Bloomsbury).

Put it into Google and see if it comes up with anything else. Hope this helps and hope your case goes okay,

Jools
 

Shakey1961a

Registered User
Nov 7, 2004
111
Southport
According to the Alzheimer's Web site and information sheets it mentions Dothiepin and says:-

"A side-effect to which the elderly are particularly prone is increased confusion. This type of drug should not be taken by people with dementia."

Mum's been on this for 2 years now! They also give her Valium sometimes when she particularely anxious.

More ammo for my case!!!!
 
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Norman

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Oct 9, 2003
4,348
Birmingham Hades
Jude
this is the generic name,the common brand name is Prothiaden.
It has been around for years ,used in the treatment of depression.
Norman
 

Sheila

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Oct 23, 2003
2,259
West Sussex
Hi all, Norm is right, Shakey, speak to your medical advisors about your concerns, always the bast way, get them out in the open and ask to be "one of the team" ie included in their decisions as to the best treatment etc. Love She. XX