Early onset....that's what I heard and filled the Namenda xr.

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I hope she takes her medicine. I put it in her pill box. I call her to remind her to take her pills. She yelled and swears at me then calmly says she will. My dad tells her also as they have been married for 49 years. I'm exhausted and feel powerless to help her. She does not think she has a problem. I have no siblings. Does this get better? I'm feeling very discouraged.

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I sooo understand and am really sorry. Me and my dad would just get back from eating with my mom and 10 minutes after dad and I would sit down she would start getting mad saying "I guess you just want me to starve since we aren't going out to eat". We would tell her well, we just got back from eating and that would make her furious because she didn't remember. Or I love the time when my mom and dad went to the dentist and she wanted to go sit in the car after they cleaned her teeth. When we got finished and got in the car she saw the bill and got furious because they cheated her. I said why and she said they hadn't cleaned her teeth and charged her for it. I soon learned to go along on her journey and tell her I would look into it for and get back with her. I took care of my In Laws so my husband pretty much understands and knows how hard this whole thing is. If there is anyone or friends that offer to help, LET THEM. I thought I had to do everything and I sure wish I could go back and take up some of those offers. Anyway, thanks again for the info and try to get some rest. Good Luck and God Bless
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The Philips med machine will hold 28 days, but it's hard to have that many on hand every time. I just go by the smaller supply, if it's two weeks, that's enough to give me a break from worry. I need to check them before filling the machine. Had to stop at 20 days, but she had two days left. It's a Godsend, but quickly not being enough to help me miss more than a couple days going over because of other problems. She has a dog that she won't walk outside, and she has to be groomed, mom constantly begs her to eat treats and thinks when she looks at her she is hungry. Forgets she fed her every 10 min all day. (I'm sick this week and I'm losing my mind trying to deal with her and get rest I need.). Poor hubby is frustrated too.
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That is the coolest thing I've heard about. Didn't know anything like that existed. I WILL look into that for my dad. So far he's done pretty well doing his own meds but I can see where he will need help soon. Thanks for the info.
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I live in a small town. So we hear about the good and not so good NHs. Check around and when u find one make an appt to talk to someone.
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My mom got to where she took the wrong meds every day. No spouse to help.
I rented a med machine from Philips Despenser Service. Cost $99 to set up, then $50 a month. I fill it with her meds in small cups and it despenses it morning and night. She takes it when the machine beeps and say "take your meds now",
She takes them out and the machine says thank you. She promptly forgets she took them. If I don't go over every day or two she will say she hasn't eaten or gotten any meds from her machine. BUT if the meds stay there in the machine slot for 45 minutes, it calls ME! When it's near empty it calls me, if her electric goes off, it calls me, and more. It is all that is keeping her in a retirement home, but it's time for me to find somewhere else for her to live. I've got to find out about Medicaid, soon.
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It may help in early onset patients, but it did not help in our case. Namenda is expensive so we along with Hospice suggestions, stoped the 2 drugs. Good luck. buckle in, take deep breaths, calmness, patience, understanding, LOVE
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Is it best to give Namenda xr in the morning or in the eveng?

What about Aricept..best morning or evening? Should both be given together, or separate? marymember
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Yes, psychiatric imbalances can happen with drugs that try to help Alzheimer's, because all of them do things to neurotransmitters.
Please explore the website listed below.
BUT...trying to tell if those behaviors are related to the drugs, or to the Alzheimer's, is almost impossible; even if drugs are stopped, and the behaviors stop, that could still be progress of the disease, and not the drugs...because both drugs and the disease, monkey with neurotransmitters, and neither levels are static--they keep changing over time.

Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors (AChEIs) are thought to work by slowing the breakdown of a chemical in the brain called acetylcholine. This chemical is involved in learning and memory. These medications include //Aricept®// (donepezil), Razadyne® (galantamine HBr), and Exelon® (rivastigmine)*

NAMENDA XR is a glutamate pathway modifier (memantine hydrochloride) that may help regulate the abnormal activity of glutamate—another chemical in the brain that is important for learning and memory.
What should be discussed with the healthcare provider before taking NAMENDA XR?
//Before// starting NAMENDA XR, talk to the healthcare provider about all of the patient's past and present medical conditions, including:
===Seizure disorders
===Difficulty passing urine
===Liver, kidney, or bladder problems
IF the patient is taking other medications (including those without a prescription), ask the healthcare provider if NAMENDA XR is right for the patient.
CERTAIN medications, changes in diet, or medical conditions //may// affect the amount of NAMENDA XR in the body and possibly increase side effects.
WHAT are the possible side effects of NAMENDA XR?
The most common side effects associated with NAMENDA XR treatment are headache, diarrhea, and dizziness.
This is not a complete list of side effects.
namendaxr/adding
Try looking in this site, to learn more.
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From what I understand, there is no drug that will cure Alzheimer's or slow the progression. Certain medications, e.g. Aricept and Namenda, are aimed at treating the symptoms. They work in some people, but not in others. I do not know that they actually slow the progression of the disease, but they may make the brain work better for longer in some people. I don't know if my understanding is right, so please feel free to correct it.
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Here is a question for those giving your loved ones Namenda xr and Aricept.

Do you give them both together? Or do you spread the dosages --like one a.m.;
and one p.m.

I realize Aricept needs to be given with food...not sure about Namenda xr...

Could anger and pararoid feelings be a side effect? Or are side effects mostly an upset stomach or headaches...? marymember..
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