1. silversocks

    silversocks New member

    Dec 16, 2019
    1
    My mum has recently been diagnosed with mixed dementia, the consultant recommended mermantine, my mum on the day was adamant she does not want any more drugs, and I am concerned over the side effects - is it worth any more upset than what she is already going through. Am I wrong to suggest that she does not take them, am I just prolonging the agony of the situation. My mum has had dementia for at least 3 years, and is now I would say mid - late stage.
     
  2. Alex54

    Alex54 Registered User

    Oct 15, 2018
    188
    Male
    Newtown, Wales
    I will always remember the first words from the memory nurse who first came to visit us. He said it was a family decision and that mediation is not always the best answer, We tried memantine for nearly two years and came to the conclusion it was not having any positive affect. Since then my wife has not been on any medication, she seems to be more alert and happier. I think the best solution is to try and see if it works for your mum and the family.
     
  3. Canadian Joanne

    Canadian Joanne Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 8, 2005
    16,201
    Toronto, Canada
    Medication was very effective for my mother. It helped keep her calm and less agitated. However, I know other people for whom the medication wasn't useful. I personally would say to try it, you can always discontinue it if necessary.
     
  4. DesperateofDevon

    DesperateofDevon Registered User

    Jul 7, 2019
    2,280
    My mum responded so well to memantine
    It has given me positive memories & experiences of mum. The difference it makes is huge in mums case
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  5. Lawson58

    Lawson58 Registered User

    My husband has been on medication for Alzheimer's for five years and is now eighty years old, still playing bridge and his consultant just said today that he is doing remarkably well.

    Considering he has major heart problems, it is surprising that he is still alive. Anything is worth a try.
     
  6. Starting on a journey

    Starting on a journey Registered User

    Jul 9, 2019
    68
    My mother started memantine in September. Luckily she has responded well with no.side effects. It has greatly enhanced her quality of life. In September I was at my wit's end with her, now she is fairly easy work( relatively speaking).
    You can get it as an oral drug that dissolves on the tongue and has a sweet taste. Please try it, if it does work for your mum it will be worth it
     
  7. Woohoo

    Woohoo Registered User

    Apr 30, 2019
    581
    Female
    South East
    Another here , only positives about Memantine, been on it two years and I thought it was doing nothing, Dr stopped it and bam it was just awful within 3 days, the cognition went through the floor and agitation so straight back on it and has stabled again almost immediately. Doesn't work for everyone though .
     

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