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Refusing meds


Registered User
May 23, 2015
Hi all.

We've had an feeling for 9 months, but finally, my granddad was diagnosed with alzheimers about a month ago. Hes early stages. When the doctor told him about the memory tablets, my granddad refused to have them saying that hes 'never once even taken a pain killer so why should i start taking meds now' hes VERY stubborn so no chance of any of his family talking him round.

So my question is; without having these memory tablets (not sure what the tablets were called) to help him, will his alzheimers get worse a lot quicker? What will happen to him compared to someone who does actually take the memory meds?


Registered User
May 21, 2014
They are called Aricept/Donepezil and are supposed to slow the decline down. How much they really help is hard to say and will depend on the individual. I don't know whether they exist in liquid form but it's worth asking. I think you can get them as patches though I am not sure that will help in this situation.