The hospice Dr prescribed Seroquel to help with mom's mood swings/anxiety related to her dementia. I am reading online that Seroquel should not be used for treating psychosis in the elderly with dementia. I am afraid to give this to her. Has anybody else used this drug with an elderly person?

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Respectfully, do you think if you are able to read information saying it is not to be used on dementia patients, don’t you think the hospice doctor is aware of this also? There are many drugs that are black boxed that are widely used when the benefit outweighs the risk. Antidepressants for teens is one example.

sorry, I meant this as a reply to the last poster.
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Reply to Codycat

my dad took low dose of Zyprexa 2.5mg
it has a warning too
Zyprexa is not approved for use in psychotic conditions related to dementia. Olanzapine may increase the risk of death in older adults with dementia-related conditions.
but my dad was at a bad point in his alzheimers. he only needed it to remain calm so he could be helped w bathing  toileting dressing etc.  - because he was fighting the AL aids.
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Reply to wally003

My mom had Alzheimer's and took Seroquel for about four years before she passed, not due to Seroquel. There are many others here where Seroquel was a miracle drug to help with behaviors of dementia. Read the warnings on any med and often are not recommended for the elderly.

Seroquel helped my mom tremendously, I was aware of the warnings. It was necessary to weigh the benefit to her comfort vs the possible danger to her life. The life was very, very hard for her without the medication.

The benefit Seroquel provided far outweighed the dangers. Mom started on 12.5 mg a day at 4:00 p.m. over the course of the four years I cared for her the dosage gradually increased by 12.5 mg each time to 75 mg a day, still at 4:00.

It is prescribed what is termed "off label" by many docs for those with the agitation caused by dementia.
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Reply to gladimhere

I just read up on it. Not to be used on Dementia patients. Its for Schizophrenia.
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