and has been diagnosed with subacute delirium after a recent Psychiactric evaluation. The Psychologist strongly suggested Abilify 2mg to try to contain her subacute confusional state. She is also a diabetic and has had a heart stynt in place over two years ago. With the Psychologist's suggestion her Primary Doctor perscribed the Abilify 2mg and discontinued her use of Januvia 100mg and Metformin 500 on a two week trial basis. I have read a lot of FDA reports and seen the warnings and side effects for the elderly. Although I hear these type of drugs are used often for elderly dementia patients. What are your thoughts on this please as I am very concerned for my mother.
I worked in a assisted living home where I specialized with Alzheimers and Dementia. My question is does she need the drugs. How was her behavior when she was off the meds? and why did they put her on them to begin with? I know in the home I worked at everyone patient there was on some kind of depression medication. It has to be an awful feeling to wake up and not remember things you know you once did. That type of feeling can trigger depression and when they are not properly treated this reaction can become aggressive. I know she is your mother but if she has started getting combative in anyway its most likely going to get worst over time if she is not taking the meds. Im sorry your going through this. I have seen a lot of families drop their parents off because it was to much for them. Im proud of you for sticking by her side. After working at the home I promised myself that if anyone in my family ever go through this I would take care of them.
I, personally, would be very leary of what a Psychologist mightprescribe.And... I question why she's seeing a Psychologist???
All of the lit. I can find (including what I have found on JAMA, to which I subscribe) clearly states that Abilify should not be used in elderly patients with dementia, ALZ., Period. It evidently should not be used in pts. whom have had cardiac issues. It can increase the agitation your Mom is experiencing. You might want to review this with her primary care doc.
God Bless you, and I wish you the best. My husband was a diabetic & had a CVE/stent placement. He developed dementia/ALZ. approx. 2 yrs. before he passed, and it takes a saint to deal with that. (I, unfortunately am not and had quite a time dealing with him) but I stuck with him, using infrared alarms to know when he was trying to leave the bedroom & other little "tricks." Your calmness when your Mom gets agitated will help a great deal. Again, good for you for standing by her and may the Lord bless you.
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