Anyone have some experience with all this? Trying to figure this out, and include a balance with risks is getting more complicated all the time. So..what do you all think of the possibilities. I have only been offered 5 possibilities ...but, I am sure there is more experience here with more.
Gabapentin. Known as a mood stabilizer. It also have the possibility of some amount of pain control. Even though this is usually used for nerve pain, the studies done on It for mood control seem positive. The draw back it that the ramp up to clinical levels is pretty slow. Could be a could weeks before a positive benefit is achieved...or it might not work at all.
Zoloft. Even slower to work than Gabapentin. Takes several weeks before being effective..if at all
Haldol. This is a drug that will definitely fix the agitation and aggression...but carries a serious heart risk. Since my dad is already seriously effected by COPD and Congestive heart failure...this seems like too high a risk to me
Risperdal. The benefits of haldol, but still a risk for heart patients. Maybe this might be needed in the future...but any added risk seems to me to be a choice that is in Column B. For now.
Anyone have others to offer? What experiences have you have with them? How do you get them to take the meds?