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WE  ARE TWIN PHARMACISTS REGISTERED IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK. WE HAVE PHARMACY EXPERIENCE DEALING WITH DEMENTIA PATIENTS AND SADLY OUR MOTHER IS SUFFERING FROM THIS ILLNESS.  WE KNOW THAT WE CAN BE A SOURCE OF KNOWLEDGE TO OTHERS WHO ARE SUFFERING AS WE ARE. WE CAN OFFER OUR PHARMACEUTICAL KNOWLEDGE AS WELL AS OUR PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE TO OTHERS WHO MIGHT FIND IT USEFUL.

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  • 1. Kati  |  January 6, 2010 at 2:42 am

    Can you please explain the sundowning effect?

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    • 2. twicetheadvice  |  January 6, 2010 at 3:19 am

      As the sun goes down, dementia patients start acting irrational. It is hard to calm them down. There are medications that really help these patients at this time of day.These drugs fall under the category of antipsychotics. When these drugs are used to treat a patient with dementia that suffers from agitation or psychosis there is a black box warning associated with them. The black box warning states that there is an increase risk of death when using these medications in this way. You should discuss this with your loved ones physician if this is the right path for you. Our experience has been wonderful for our mother and has increased her quality of life as well as ours. Remember anti-anxiety drugs are not the drug of choice because they can worsen the patient’s dementia.

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  • 3. Ilivia  |  December 14, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    What are the best medications to take for early Alzheimer’s?

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    • 4. twicetheadvice  |  February 11, 2011 at 10:44 pm

      Aricept is usually the first drug of choice. If there are any side effects the dosage can be adjusted or other medications, such as the Exelon patch, can be used. Patches can have less side effects than oral medications. Please read our article on Dementia/ Alzheimer’s : Medications.

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