Mom, 86, middle stage Alzheimer's. Recent transition to new facility (not going well) and medical staff wants to keep her "calm" with psych drugs. Is this really the best answer ? No history of bi polar or psychotic or epileptic episodes. Her cognitive reality is minimal and only on her terms.
There is absolutely a difference between Alzheimer's disease and anxiety. Alzheimer's is a physical disease of the brain. Sometimes a person with this disease needs to have"psych" Meds to help with anxiety caused by this disease. Just keep a close watch to make sure they aren't over medicated and it should be fine.
I had a relative with Alzheimer's. They did have to be sedated. He would stay up days at a time. Never sleep. Just sitting there. It was like he was riled up or something. And he needed something to take him down. He was much better medicated. Just because a person is treated with "psych drugs" this does not mean the are bi polar or have psychosis. Clearly there is a problem in this situation and the expert is suggesting medication so why not go for it? I have mixed thoughts regarding drugs and I avoid then whenever possible. Whether they be over the counter or prescribed. However sometimes I hit that point where I want relief and I just have to feel better. And usually for the most part yes the meds help me. Alzheimer's is a condition of the brain so it seems logical to me that they might use some of these meds to get through what probably is a temporary rough patch. I really hope your mom feels better!
Thanks for your responses. True anxiety is from a chemical imbalance, where as Alz is ORGANIC... the brain is shrinking... its NOT going to get better. The problem I seem to have most is that she is no longer 'able' to tell me any side effects, however they may make her feel. The nursing staff insists it will help with her cognitive reality... really ?? There is no such thing... she is sooo past that. And now with the balance issues, slurring and boo hoo- ing (not real) I don't know what to make of it.
I am a Certified Pharmacy Tech..I do not have a nurses knowledge..but in my 17 years as a pharm tech once worked as an agency tech for a pharmacy that supplied nursing homes... and they had so many people on Remeron/mirtazapine maybe this would help your mom..apparently it is very sedating
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