My 80 year-old mother was diagnosed with Alzheimers approximately 4 years ago and the Dr prescribed the patch 2 1/2 years ago. It does not seem to be helping as it originally did. She continues to have urinary track infections, which is a common side effect for this patch, and Uti'S are also very common in person's with this disease for a variety of reasons. Also, the cost, once you reach your allowed limit with Medicare, is prohibitive if it is not contributing anything to her life.
Since alzheimers gets worse with time, its hard to tell if its actually helping her, but I would tell the dr your concerns, stopping it would seem like the way to find out if its helping her. That donut hole in medicare had to be thought of by idiots. The manufacturers often have assistance that will help too. Novartis makes exelong and they do have patient assistance.
I wish I could find the studies right now, but Exelon and Aricept have been shown to have no long-term efficacy. The are fantastic in the short term, but long-term the disease out strips the medications.
Please talk to your doctor about Exelon. I suspect you will find (s)he has no issues with stopping after 2.5 years. There should be no side effects at all.
Just my input from doing some research that I can't find at the moment. It was not on this site.
- Exelon Information for Consumers
- Exelon Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Exelon (detailed)
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