1. Maldives13

    Maldives13 Registered User

    Feb 4, 2014
    164
    Hi everyone.
    Haven't posted for a while. Mum has been in a care home now for over 18 months - that's a different story - not sure I will ever get over that dark hole!

    But anyway my 88 year old father in law has just been diagnosed with Lewy Bodies! He is at home with his wife and although a little forgetful they are managing perfectly well at the minute.

    His doctor has suggested memantine and I just wonder if anyone knows how good/bad it is? I will be grateful for any advice and many thanks in advance.
     
  2. JigJog

    JigJog Registered User

    Nov 6, 2013
    241
    #2 JigJog, Nov 19, 2016
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2016
    My husband was put on Memantine just over 3 years ago. He responded to it quickly and I honestly believe that it has given us 3 good years.

    The doctor said that it would help to stabilise his mood and delay the need for help with dressing, washing etc.

    It has certainly done both of those things. We were told that it would probably only be effective for 2 years, but it's helped for 3 in our case.

    OH has had no problems with side effects. Things are changing quickly now but we're grateful for three good years. Everyone is different but it might be worth a try.

    Hope this helps.
    JigJog x
     
  3. Maldives13

    Maldives13 Registered User

    Feb 4, 2014
    164
    Thank you so much for that - very encouraging.
    Anybody else got any perspectives?


    Thanks again
     
  4. Spamar

    Spamar Registered User

    Oct 5, 2013
    6,917
    Suffolk
    OH had memantine after a short spell on quetiapine. He also took donepezil. It kept him calm until it was stopped about three months before his death.
     
  5. nitram

    nitram Registered User

    Apr 6, 2011
    18,828
    Male
    North Manchester
    I found that memantine combined with a low dose of sodium valproate calmed my wife down.
     
  6. Maldives13

    Maldives13 Registered User

    Feb 4, 2014
    164
    Thank you so much for sharing your experiences- been really helpful.
    Hoping to persuade my father in law to give it a try!!
     
  7. Mal2

    Mal2 Registered User

    Oct 14, 2014
    2,967
    Enfield
    My husband has been on Aricept since 2004 and had Mementine added in 2014, and he has been good with it.
     
  8. V-DiL

    V-DiL Registered User

    Oct 10, 2015
    19
    My MIL has been on Memantine since January and it has stabilized her no end - it's still tough as she is a fighting personality but it's definitely better. Good luck.
     

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