Aricept when to stop taking

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Avatar_f_tn My husband has been <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>taking</span> 10mg of Aricept for 2 years now and I have not noticed any significant difference in his memory. Actually, my observation is his memory is becoming worse. I'm struggling with whether I should discontinue the medication since I don't see improvement and because it is quite costly. I also know Aricept is designed to slow down the dementia so if I discontinue it I'm wondering if he will become worse much faster.
Avatar_n_tn He should be aware of my full medical history and I declared it on the form I had <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> fill out for my diagnosis. When I started on the aricept I got what I thought was a stomach complaint. My stomach can be sensitive so I decided to stop taking the meds for a couple of days as they can irritate my stomach. I was also taking Strattera which I was assured it was ok to take with Aricept. I decided I could put Strattera on hold as I want to see what effect the Aricept is having.
Avatar_n_tn As you will already know Aricept is used <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> treat mild <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> moderate dementia caused by Alzheimer's disease. Not everyone will be suitable to having this drug and as your father has already experienced, you know that there are many side effects. As you doctor has said to just stop giving your father the Aricept, that is what I would do. Your father is clearly allergic and has bad side effects from the drug.
338416_tn?1420049302 I suppose I won't know unless I s<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span>p <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>taking</span> it, and revert <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> my usual foggy self. I think part of the problem we face as MS patients is that our impairment is relatively mild. These neurologists see lots of Alzheimers patients, some of whom can't remember their own name, so my little problems seems minute by comparison. Another problem is that many neurologists view impairment as a systemic loss - in other words, they expect across-the-board problems.
338416_tn?1420049302 I don't want <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> s<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span>p the Provigil--it's helped so much, but would like <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> see if something like Aricept will help with my cognition. I haven't remembered but a handle of dreams when I woke up during the last several years. If I do, I can certainly say that they are very gray with no detail. I've already been noticing a problem with grouchiness and I'm not even on Aricept. I hate to think I could even be worse!!!!!! Maybe, like you say, it's possibly the stress you've been under.
Avatar_m_tn We have seen no improvement with the Aricept and Namenda. We wonder if he should s<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span>p the Imimpramine and start something like Cymbalta, Neurotin, or Lyrica. Would these be safer?
757137_tn?1347200053 In fact, one independent study in the UK sHowed that patients taking the drug Aricept had virtually the same timeline for decline as patients <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>taking</span> a placebo (42% <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>taking</span> Aricept ended up in an institution after 3 years, versus 44% taking the placebo). Seniors cut Alzheimer's risk by up to 54 percent Scientists from Sweden began their study with a hunch...a hunch that a powerful antioxidant could protect the brain against Alzheimer's disease.
1627151_tn?1356664837 Through the few days after the testing, the evaluator would call me at home and ask me things like, would you say that you experienced balance problems and difficulty swallowing for more than 30 years - were you under 20 when you first started <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> notice odd symptoms. I had gone back <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> school for a second degree in psychology 5 years before this, I know what she was trying to do - fit me into a classification of somatization disorder or conversion disorder.
211940_tn?1267884866 I dont forget exactly, forget isn't really right because all the information is still there, it just takes a while for my brain <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> find the information and for me <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> put it into action when it finally does arrive. This isn't a 24/7 forever type thing, its sparodic and comes in blocks of time, gets really bad when i'm in an episode but gets better, not perfect, just better when i'm not.
Avatar_f_tn If anyone has any encouragement, I could sure use something right now. I think it would be wonderful <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> get <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> stay home and do what I want when I want but this isn't the way I want it to happen. I believe that God will make something wonderful out of this but right now, I'm in the initial stage of sorrow and grief over the loss of my cognitive skills. I feel like I wake up stupid and as the saying goes, "You just can't fix stupid".
405614_tn?1329147714 I use the alarm/calander function religiously for everything from when <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> take medication <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> when <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> return library books or when my son has something on after school or having friends over etc. The phone bleeps and I know I have to do something. With stoves/appliances etc. I always turn them off before I remove the pot etc. so that I know they are off if I didn't chances are they would still be on now. For keys/handbags etc. I always leave them in exactly the same place every time.
1344677_tn?1278347764 One minute get's great wants to go each and 5 minutes latter she doesn't feel like it goes <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> bed. I don't know who I'm talking <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span>. What's really bad is she doesn't remember our communications. Last night while reading in my room my mom appeared in my door and looked very confused. She said, "I thought I was in the hospital." I said, "No mom your home now." She responded, "No, I'm suppose to be in the hospital!" She looked so confused.
Avatar_m_tn I am not sure if mini strokes you mention are Ischemia (normal blood flow is interrupted for short periods of time causing losts of very small areas of damage) or small areas of brain death (strokes that affect small areas). Either way, you have brain damage. Dementia happens when the functions of the brain are changed due <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> changes in the brain structure. What you experience is nerve messages not getting where they need to go because the road is blocked or entirely gone.
649926_tn?1297661380 Sure enough after 3 <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> 5 days of going off of the Aricept I was back <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> my old self again. Maybe I just can't handle stimulants stronger then a bit of caffeine, lol.
Avatar_n_tn If you cannot either educate or find a knowledgeable general or neuro guy ( has info <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> print out), then I can tell you when they had <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> give me Neurontin <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> settle down my lower back pain, my neurologist said it might also help my restless legs. Of course I have no way of knowing, because I also take the codeine stuff... no way can I let that go, on account of enduring the neuromuscular syndrome is such a bad dream.
1030383_tn?1338464385 I have chewing and other mouth motions, plus torso rocking, sometimes grimacing, and it hurts my mouth; it seems <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> be getting worse and worse lately. It's worse when I'm tired or stressed. My psychiatrist wants to put me back on Clozaril, and I hate the TD so much that I might, but Clozaril made me incontinent for four years, and sedated me so much that I couldn't keep my balance if I got up at night and it's just dumb luck I never had a bad fall. Those are just the big side effects!
648910_tn?1290666683 I've always said I can live with stumbling around and dropping stuff, and feeling like I'm drunk... But not being able <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> think? Scary! I've been <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>taking</span> Aricept, which seems <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> half helped somewhat, but I'm still having problems with figuring out which item is which on the grocery store shelf, or paying attention when I'm behind the wheel. Especially these last few days - I don't think I should be driving any more until I'm better.
Avatar_m_tn They cause me to grunt that are so severe and sometimes remain contacted for up <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> 30 seconds. The only thing I have found <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> s<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span>p them is <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> stand upright. (Hard <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> sleep that way). Doctor prescribed clonazepam, which I take 1-1.5 mg only at night so I can sleep - I hate the effects of it because it makes me so drowsy, so I don't take it during the day. The normal dose of 0.5mg will not stop the myoclonus, I have to increase it to 1.0 mg and sometime take another 0.
1985196_tn?1402193698 Meds can effect short term memory but as far as I'm aware that's always until you s<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span>p <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>taking</span> them. Bipolar disorder can also effect memory as can getting older.
Avatar_n_tn I don't have space here to document all of the severe symptoms my mom has been experiencing, but some (such as her complaints of balance problems and several black eyes from falls where she apparently did not put out her hands <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> s<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span>p herself) seem indicative of much more than depression, especially in a woman with no prior history of depression. I fear that Mom is minimizing the issues when talking to her doctor, and she won't let anyone go with her.
1627868_tn?1333889942 The point I am getting <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> here is you will know when it is time <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> s<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span>p the direct patient care. Is it possible to take another position within your organization that would allow you to contribute but in a less hands-on way? I'm thinking there might be drugs to help with the cognitive edge, but ironically I'm not thinking of their names right now. LOL Heat in a nursing home?
Avatar_f_tn Now I have pain on the right side (tumor was left frontal). I had <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> start the Vicodin again <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> ease the pain but have <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> tolerate the nausea. How do you know if your brain is swelling? So many questions and no answers....
439628_tn?1265205890 Hi, Don, and welcome <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> the best web forum ever. We're glad <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> have you. I am lucky not <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> have eye trouble from MS--apparently I have a 'silent' lesion on the right optic nerve. However, many here do suffer from nystagmus, and there will be many to offer suggestions for you that are helping them. Hang in here and others will be along. It would be nice if you posted a bit more about yourself. I read your extensive 'Please understand' journal entry and found it very insightful.
Avatar_m_tn Your seizure was most likely not due <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> a concusion when you were a kid. If it had <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> do with head impacts, then boxers or football players would be having seizures.
Avatar_n_tn Any conditions with low oxygen as a component Cerebrolysin can be used either for acute stroke or later for rehabilitation. When used for dementia/Alzheimer’s, it is able <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> stop the progression of the disease and also improve the current symptoms. Cerebrolysin is given via intravenous infusion, unless a very small dose is used. It is administered one time per day, five times per week, for a total of 20 treatments.
Avatar_f_tn She always made my daughter special cupcakes for her birthday, she forget this year, even when she was at my home <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> celebrate. I have tried <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> explain what I can <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> my daughter and she cried and then wrote a speech and a paper about alzhemiers. She turned 13 this September. My son is in college and has been driving home (10 hours) every weekend to spend time with his grandmother. She is my best friend and the kids second mother. I do not know what stage she is in.
Avatar_f_tn However, many of us with MS have a moment that we can point to as evidence that the cognitive neurons are not as robust as they used <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> be. My “big moment” came when I intended <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> dash into a store <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> pick up some last-minute holiday wrapping supplies.
620048_tn?1358021835 But the rest is not good and its <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>taking</span> me forever <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> figure out How <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> make my life easier. I use my calendar and another note book <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span> put things in, if i remember to put it in..i forget in seconds what i am doing.
Avatar_f_tn And many medications have severe side effects. It didn't s<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>to</span>p me from <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>taking</span> Clozaril for example despite the risk of blood dyscreias and the weekly bloodwork. An informed consumer can work better with a provider and come to the right decisions, including reporting side effects before they worsen and knowing what they are but keeping a clear head about this. Hope this is helpful.
Avatar_n_tn Hi Jenny, I read your question about Rasagiline. Since I do have PD, I took Rasagiline (the Azilect brand) for a period of time, at the suggestion of my neurologist. It was not clearly helping me, but I had to stop taking it when I developed a severe skin rash. The doctor said, "this is not uncommon".