My 89 yr old mother has severe Dementia and due to having some violent outbursts her doctor placed her on Resperdal. I've read that this is not a drug for someone with Dementia and that the side effects could kill her. Can someone please tell me why a physician would choose this drug?
Hi, I'm sorry your mother is experiencing dementia, it must be very difficult for both of you. If you're really worried about how the side effects will affect your mother, you should confront the prescribing doctor and if you don't get a satisfactory answer from him, get a second opinion. I've heard that any anti-psychotic given to a patient at your mother's age is not very safe so make sure you check with the doctor as to the dosage and the safety of the medication to see if it is necessary or not. A lot of times psychiatrists will give geriatric patients a very low dose which can be quite safe and very helpful for those experiencing dementia. I take 8 mg of risperdal at bedtime, which for me is quite a lot. For your mother it would be way too much- a 1mg dose may be enough. You'd really need to talk to your doctor about this.
It's a blessing that your mother has you to watch out for her, God bless you.
- Risperdal Information for Consumers
- Risperdal Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Risperdal (detailed)
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