My husband has dementia/Alzheimers and has been getting worse since putting him into respite. He is suspicious, very confused about most everything. I've been doing a trial at an AL and he says terrible things when I pick him up. Said it was a prison and there are killers in there. Said there were bodies buried in the yard!
Since only going there two times, he now doesn't want to take his medications which is only something for heartburn and a .50 Alprazalam (Xanax). Today he refused even his vitamins and said I was in cahoots with the killers and he's never not trusted me.
Then he left the house and I thought he was in the bathroom. I drove all over trying to find him but was then called by another AL in the area and I went and picked him up. They found him wandering around in their yard. It was about half mile away...he walked that far! After that he was fine and took his meds.
Now the doctor has increased his Xanax but said the next step is to put him on Seroquel for the paranoid, restless and agitated behaviors. Are there side effects that might make him worse? I hate to get into new medications because you never know what to expect.
I'm trying to get him into the AL and they won't take him anymore unless he is on something for the restlessness because he's too disruptive and even miserable himself.
Hope some of you have had experience with this class of meds and have some good reports.