My 82 year old father has been in hospital being treated for water retension in his legs & lungs?
- 12 Nov 2012 by leah1
- 13 November 2012
- bisoprolol, metolazone, ramipril, spironolactone, side effect, pacemaker, heart
My 82 year old father has been in hospital where he has been treated for water retension in his legs & lungs. While having this treatment it was discovered his heart beat was low so had a pacemaker fitted and he is also waiting for heart surgery to correct a faulty valve, Being diagnosed after having angiogram & further investigation with camera down his throat.
While in hospital he seemed to be improving at first but he is increasingly seeming very confused, has no energy and listless. He has always been able to look after himself and been in sound mind.
The prescribed drugs he is taking are 'Bisoprolol', 'Ducosate' 'Fusosemide', 'Metolazone', 'Ramipril' & 'Spironolactone'
I am worried about his deteriation & wonder if the drugs that are being taken are clausing these side effects.
His appetite is good & noone at hospital explained to my father or family to be aware of any possible side effects.
If you could provide any help or related information about this i would be grateful. Thank You.
Hello Leah1 & welcome to the site. I am so sorry your father is suffering so badly. I am giving you a link to read about the interreactions of these drugs, & what these interreactions can cause. It does sound like he is having them. His doctor should be made aware of the fact that he was not like this before this treatment & that you feel if could possible be the meds causing it. Print this out if you have to, & show it to them. they may dismiss you completely, or you may find they may be very concerned & try something different or tell you they have no choice considering his condition at this time. If he is in the hospital he is under constant observation, but I totally undestand your concerns. I wish him well...
Besides the interactions, he is not at home, and sometimes familiar surroundings help ground the elderly. Its easier to become confused in a strange environment.
People in this age group can decondition very quickly. It sounds like he has some pretty significant heart issues and has been through a lot. This coupled with increased time in bed weakens the elderly. They do seem to get confused in unfamiliar surroundings as was mentioned above. He may need to go for some physical rehabilitation after his hospital stay to strengthen his endurance again. Once he is home and in familiar surroundings, his memory should improve. also remember that it is very difficult to sleep well in the hospital and this can have an effect too. He was likely given some sedation for his procedures (angiography and endoscopy) and this can leave some temporary memory effects in the elderly which should get better in time.
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