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.
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.
What about Aricept..best morning or evening? Should both be given together, or separate? marymember
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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:
===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.
Try looking in this site, to learn more.
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..