1. golfball44

    golfball44 Registered User

    May 28, 2016
    5
    Hi my wife has recently been told she has Dementia, she has been a Diabetic for many years, which she takes many drugs & insulin for, with many side affects , she was offered Memantine as treatment, but because of its side affects, we have decided to try non-drug treatments, has any one tried this method .
     
  2. Shedrech

    Shedrech Volunteer Moderator

    Dec 15, 2012
    8,303
    Yorkshire
    Hi golfball44
    welcome to the forum - it's a really good place to come to ask any questions and share your experiences

    my dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and prescribed Aricept (Donepezil) and tolerated it well for some years - though he doesn't have diabetes

    I'm not sure about non-drug treatments - do you have some in mind?
     
  3. Padraig

    Padraig Registered User

    Dec 10, 2009
    1,039
    Hereford
    Yes, while my late wife was in my care she managed fine in her final six years without medicine for Alzheimer's. When first diagnosed she was prescribed Prozac. I saw little point in that and discontinued it.

    Like many others I chose to live in denial in her early stages until our Daughter insisted on a check-up. The illness lasted 13/14 years.
     
  4. marionq

    marionq Registered User

    Apr 24, 2013
    5,961
    Female
    Scotland
    My husband has no Alzheimer drugs because of his slow heart beat. In the last year however he has been taking Trazadone and Zopiclone to calm down his wandering tendencies and to help him sleep. This has been successful so far. He is about late moderate stage.
     
  5. golfball44

    golfball44 Registered User

    May 28, 2016
    5
    Hi thank you for your reply, my wife on Sertraline .
     
  6. Kevinl

    Kevinl Registered User

    Aug 24, 2013
    4,774
    Salford
    Hi Golfball, welcome to TP

    Sorry but I don't understand Sertraline is a medicine (an antidepressant) I thought you wanted to avoid medicines is the intention to stop taking it?
    As for none medical treatments, who knows? There are things out there that are said to work like coconut oil and turmeric to name just 2 but who knows if they work or not, the only way to find out would be clone your wife and do a controlled trial.
    What is known is that things like Donepezil and Memantine have been tested and the group that took them outperformed the group that didn't so not taking them probably isn't the best idea.
    K
     

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