Guzelle it's useful to read your post. My husband tried several different meds before being settled on Memantine, then recently he was becoming aggressive and not sleeping so they introduced Risperidone which helped, but his behaviour remains very unpredictable. His consultant is coming out to review him because of his sleeping issues and because he recently left the house in vest, pants and socks in the middle of the night and wandered around for some time. The mental health nurse told me that he wouldn't get a place in a care home because his behaviour would be seen as too challenging, so I'd have to battle on at home until he went to a secure psychiatric unit. That's plunged me into a depression as I'm not sure I can go on with being woken at 2am, 3am, 4am and 5am every night. I'm trying to arrange respite care for a week at a time at a local home, but I'm worried that we'll be refused a place. Wonder if anyone else has had this experience?My husband was diagnosed 3.5 years ago now, he was verbally and physically aggressive my life was a nightmare I would cry most days as I couldn’t cope with him. He was under the mental health team who gave him mementine at first and it did work well for about 6 months. He has vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s. They then tried antidepressants which helped a bit they did make him sleep more so i got a rest. Then it was risperidone which calmed him down and did help with the aggression. But it didn’t last and the dose had to be increased every 3 months.
He is now in a care home and is quite settled, I don’t think he would be totally happy anywhere now. But I feel better I have control over my life and can go out spend time with my baby grandson which he didn’t want me to give anyone attention other than him.
he is clean now and more talkative.