My 74 year old Mom was taking (ativan) for approximately 20 years. At some point, her doctor increased her dosage....
Mom fell about a year ago. She laid on her bathroom floor for 30+ hours before being rescued and hospitalized. She wasn't hurt physically, and showed no signs of having a stroke.
She had two weeks of rehab. and was moved to assisted living since the doctor's said she shouldn't live alone. They immediately stopped giving her ativan, cold turkey.
She has suffered from many withdrawal symptoms, especially with delirium. She doesn't have dementia according to the tests she has taken, twice. Yet she has many signs of it. Every doctor refuses to put her back on ativan. They want to experiment with other antidepressants instead.
I am not a doctor, but mom was thinking clearly and able to live independently when she was taking ativan. Her body was used to it. It seemed heartless and cruel to stop prescribing it cold turkey.
The medical industry says this drug is not safe for elderly people to take. It seems to me, antidepressants are not safe for anyone to take, long- term or short-term.
All antidepressants have a long list of side effects.
Could taking these drugs be the reason why we are seeing so many elderly people with dementia now?
I was suppose to be my mom's advocate. No doctor would listen or discuss these concerns this with me.
Mom is taking a different antidepressant now. She is confused and repeating the same phrases over and over again. She can't remember things and is suffering.
Does anyone know the truth about the long term effects these mind altering drugs have on humans?
What can a daughter do now for her mother's best interest?