Drugs for AD & Dementia

Discussion in 'ARCHIVE FORUM: Support discussions' started by gillian69, Sep 20, 2006.

  1. gillian69

    gillian69 Registered User

    Sep 7, 2006
    42
    Cambridgeshire
    Hi

    Can anyone advise me o the drugs available for dementia and AD.
    My mum has been diagnosed with mixed dementia ( possibly AD).

    I have been told that Aricept is best for holding it off??

    Anybody got information please?

    Thanks

    Gilian
     
  2. wendy43uk

    wendy43uk Registered User

    Dec 22, 2005
    64
    sheffield
    hi

    in the early onset arcept is good while it works it worked for hubby for a year he still takes it but he takes ebixa as well hope this helps
     
  3. willemm

    willemm Registered User

    Sep 20, 2006
    41
    #3 willemm, Sep 21, 2006
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2006
    Hi Gilian
    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.
     
  4. Lila13

    Lila13 Registered User

    Feb 24, 2006
    1,342
    Aricept

    Watch out for side effects. (Of course I don't know if they were one of the causes of my mother's death.)

    Lila
     
  5. Lucille

    Lucille Registered User

    Sep 10, 2005
    542
    Hi Gillian

    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.

    Hope this is of some use.
     
  6. chip

    chip Registered User

    Jul 19, 2005
    400
    Scotland
    Exelon (rivastigmine) is also for AD mild to moderately severe
     

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