My wife has dementia and takes both aricept and nimenda. She is now taking the 23mg of aricept. She had a slight teeheehee laughter when taking 5mg but now she has a very heavy laughter which is involuntary. One she goes to sleep the laughter stops. Once she awakens in bed the laughter starts again. Thanks for any help. We have tried all different kinds of meds and nothing helps to control it.
If you haven't made her doctor aware of this, do so now. You said that it stops when she sleeps; just curious as to how long she has been laughing. It could be that it is tied to the dementia or the increase in the medication. It could also be what is known as a conversion disorder, which is something very hard for people to deal with.
Conversion disorders can manifest themselves as stuttering, blindness, muteness, or even laughter. The disorder is hard to treat because in each instance, the brain actually THINKS it has the problem that manifests in the patient. The person may not really be able to see or talk or stop laughing because the brain "thinks" it can't control the situation. You should do some research on this dicorder if the doctor thinks it could be your wife's problem. It happened to my nephew for about 7 months after a traumatic brain injury from football... he couldn't talk, he would try, but no words would come out. Then, one day out of the blue his mom asked him a question and he shouted rather loudly "NO!" and he's been fine ever since. Anyway, her doctor needs to be made aware of her new "condition". Hope this helps.
I have M.S. and a slight degree of brain damage from the lesions on my cerebelum (small brain). Uncontrollable laughter should always be expected with anyone that has had any type of dementia, sorry to say. I was just prescribed Fluvoxamine 25mg, you should ask your wife's dr. maybe he can prescribe her the same... Good Luck!
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