Suggest you get a copy of very informative book, by the BMA entitled The British Medical Association Concise Guide to Medicines and Drugs. My copy (2003) came from W.H.Smith, or you could try the publisher's (Dorling Kindersley) web site www.dk.com. It costs around £6. There may now be a later edition than mine.
It contains in its 460 odd pages every drug available, under categories of use (Brain, Heart, Respirtory, Gastrointestinal etc) where the diseases/illnesses are described and the drugs that are used for them. Depression, dementia, AD are all included. There follows a long list of the drugs, with full descriptions of their use, side effects, dosage, dependency, and so on. A full index is at the end.
I have found it extremely useful (a) to find out what drugs are for what purpose, and (b) to look up prescribed drugs that I know little about.
Hope this helps.
Good luck and best wishes.
ps - I've just checked the DK website, a new edition is out and it costs £8.99 plus postage.
My mum has mixed dementia. She is on Rivastigmine (also known as Exelon). She's been on it since mid May and was started on the lowest dose and is gradually moving up through the doses. Highest is 6mg twice a day.
I don't know if it's working or not, because how would I know how bad she'd be without it?! I have a slight concern about side effects in that she often says she feels very hot and sweaty. Last night, she didn't have a comfy night in hospital (she's recently been put on the 4.5mg BD). I'm wondering if the drugs are causing it. If anyone reading this has experience of Rivastigmine, can they offer any comments on this, please?
Gillian, I think Exelon was prescribed for my mum (rather than Aricept) because of her chest problems.