Okay odd question, my mom has moderate dementia and a bit more. She is 100 pounds and 5 ft tall. Dr took her off Remeron and Celexa due to headaches and put her on Ativan point.50mg. He tells me to give her half a pill at 1pm and half a pill at dinner. It is not enough to keep her leveled out throughout the day. I asked him if I could give her 1/2 in morning, 1/2 at 1pm and full one at dinner. He said NO because of her weight and height. I can give her 1/2 morning, 1/2 1 pm and 1/2 at bedtime.
For sleep he had me buy Melatonin 5 mg at the Health Food store. Which worked well the first night, a bit less the second night and even less tonight.
As far as the Ativan is concerned, I am surprised at his response as my aunt who was the same size as Mom took 2mg of Ativan to go to sleep each night and this Gerontologist is saying .75mg (that is point 75mg) is the maximum for Mom.
Somehow I feel like this guy is punishing me and making me suffer for some unknown reason by keeping Mom just barely medicated, just barely!
I don't want her knocked out but when the meds wear off by morning she needs to be completely covered doesn't she? Am I wrong?
i am hoping that some of you that work in this field can help me with this question.