Aricept how it works

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Avatar n tn I'm not taking it currently as it has the same mechanism of action as Aricept (acetylcholinesterase inhibitor). It is also said to have neuroprotective effects and crosses the blood brain barrier more readily than other drugs. However each of the drugs Donepezil, Memantine, Huperzine A seem to affect (or at least the research shows more improvement) in different cognitive function such as spatial memory, language etc. So I need to get the right one.
338416 tn?1420049302 I have no diagnosis, but my problems with concentration and clear thinking are what trouble me most. Good luck with the Aricept, I hope you update us on how it goes. Is is really ok to just keep an eye on Seizures? I have an epileptic brother, maybe your seizures are not nearly on the same scale but I hope you are in no danger from them and that there is some way to get them under control.
620048 tn?1358021835 I see JJ lists the cognition first and I was shocked how many others agreed with here/ me during the discussion. You are not alone. It is scary and it stinks! The good news is there are things to help. In no particular order (because that's hard) this is what I have done with amazing results. Less stress (don't laugh), stress and fatigue which we have a ton of make it way worse, more naps, a new medicine made for Alzheimers (there a few), working with a pshyco-therapist (sp?).
Avatar n tn My wife has Kaiser insurance and she is going to find out how much it cost from Kaiser. How do people with MS afford their treatment? This is just so costly.
Avatar f tn I think you should discuss with your PCP regarding a drug called Aricept. This should be started only on prescription of your treating physician. It is used for treatment of Alzheimer’s, but is helpful for short term memory loss. Aricept is a drug of choice to treat Alzheimer's, but its use is not restricted. It has been observed that Aricept improves cognition and function, which includes effects on memory and performing everyday tasks, hence it would have been prescribed.
Avatar m tn I think my mum does need to sleep at night but she's already v drowsy so maybe this might be too strong for her. Thank you for letting me know how it works with your mum. I hope she's happier taking it.
649926 tn?1297661380 My neurologist gave me Adderal, it is like Ritalin. I have had to adjust the milligrams 4 times, but it works and I 'm able to focus on my work. Before I got the medication, I would have times where I would lose my thoughts in a conversation, i would forget simple things like adding and was miserable. I take (3) Adderal XR 20 mg a day.
Avatar m tn The doctor says that for people her age (80), an antibiotic works for a couple of weeks, then the infections comes back. When the infection recurs, she becomes combative, confused, and very weak. We have decided to have her urine cultured monthly to try to stay on top of this. However, there must be a better way. Mom has alzheimers, but when she is not dealing with the UTI, she is capable. How can we stem this once and for all?
1344677 tn?1278347764 One minute get's great wants to go each and 5 minutes latter she doesn't feel like it goes to bed. I don't know who I'm talking to. 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 n tn Acetylcholine is a key neurotransmitter that is involved in cognitive functioning and is deficient in AD. Aricept works by slowing the breakdown of acetylcholine. It neither stops or reverses the progression of AD. It can help, however, by slowing, reducing and/or reversing the mental and behavioral signs associated with AD. Occasional side effects of Aricept include diarrhea and nausea. This drug can also cause irregular heart beat, especially in patients with heart diseases.
Avatar f tn Can someone tell me what kind of meds works best for the pain in the head. I tried Vicodin but got tired of being nausea, Then I was on Butalbital and that was worse-didnt help the pain. Now I have pain on the right side (tumor was left frontal). I had to start the Vicodin again to ease the pain but have to tolerate the nausea. How do you know if your brain is swelling? So many questions and no answers....
649926 tn?1297661380 I tried it for five days and couldn't stand the tachycardia, facial tics, shakiness, and being irritable. Nuvigil was similar, but also kept me from sleeping. I had good success with Provigil, but it is too expensive and my insurance wouldn't cover it, so I'm now giving Amantadine a try. I've only been taking it for five days, but I seem more alert and able to keep going, but more scatter-brained. I hope that gets better! I've been accomplishing a lot more. Everyone reacts differently.
Avatar n tn I forgot what it was called cause my memory is bad but it exists. It is different from a regular test. The medications helped me but I got off of them as soon as I could. Medicine slowed down my mental progress because it always had me sedated or in another world.
Avatar f tn I have been playing cognitive games to help my brain retrain itself, and I'm taking Aricept. I don't talk a lot about it, but Aricept has helped me continue working full time. I'm able to do my job better. Without Aricept, my work performance falters - in fact, I wasn't able to afford it for a few weeks, so went without - and boy, my work went downhill! In some ways it's reassuring to know that there's a drug I can take to help my impairment.
1842804 tn?1319759911 I'm glad I'm not alone! I know how horrible it is to be physically tormented by MS and don't wish it to anyone but it is really terrifying when you see your brain disappearing (one gets really used to having it working..). And then there is a problem of explaining others that you don't feel well. Having MS pain is not visible or easy to understand - what do you say? Well, it hurts but what and where and how? It's different than having broken leg.
147426 tn?1317269232 I have a follow-up with the periodontist, followed by an extra compression and mammogram of an area they want to look at harder, and (drum roll) My first appointment with an MS specialist. Of course, my body is pulling that take-the-car-to-the-mechanic-and-it-works-just-fine routine. My hubby actually did that with his car last week--at least three things wrong that wouldn't act up for them. Will report back this afternoon, pre-weed.
1421489 tn?1285529235 for some reason, the brain does not see the mistakes on the computer screen, yet picks them up quickly on paper??? Ah, the wonders of the human brain. Great when it works well, frustrating when it doesn't work the way we want it to. Audrey PS- I'll read this after I've posted it and wonder why there were so many typos, even tho I tried to proof it 5 times before posting!
Avatar f tn If you end up taking it and feel comfortable with it post how it works out. I found a huge difference. One day I had terrible dysphagia (dystonic spasms in my throat) and the next day I could eat pizza but everyone experiences things different though I hope you have favorable results as I did.
1225331 tn?1333369369 I just couldn't seem to shake the fog, no matter what I did. My psychologist recommended Aricept, so I gave it a try. It really seemed to cut through the gray fluffy stuff and help me remember what I was doing from one moment to the next. Right now I'm doing a lot better. After I started feeling more like myself, I stopped taking the Aricept.
Avatar n tn From what I've read about Namenda today, I am holding some hope based on how it works. It's a little bit of a longshot but worth a try. The one thing we need to keep an eye on is the dosage level and have the doc make adjustments as needed. How many mg's is your Dad on? They say to start at 5 mg once a day then adjust up to find the optimal effect on cognition and function. Then if she becomes confused or declines in function to reduce.
Avatar n tn I work in an Alzheimers unit, i will say that alot of the time when the meds are first started and patients are just diagnoised that It can go from worse to "better" When they figure out what works best and exactly whats going on with the patient than they can better treat. This disease will allow people to live longer and healthier on medication. I dont suggest going off for a few days only to satrt all over again. God Bless you and your family.
Avatar f tn They felt sort of cold and hot and icky, all at once - I don't really know how to describe it, but I HATED this! It was driving me nuts! Anyway, within a week of starting the gabapentin, those creepy feelings were gone. However, in the last week or so, I think I've started having straight-up nerve pain. Does this make sense?
Avatar n tn I know it says it can take six to eight weeks to work, but I don't know why I felt so much better last week and bad now. I was wondering if that is just how the medicine works until it gets to a theraputic level. If anyone has comments about effexor it would be a great help. Thank you!!!
Avatar f tn The study was among the most downloaded papers in that year and has led to further studies both here and abroad, in both experimental and human models, to confirm its results and further our understanding of the connection between magnesium and the mind. How Scientists Think It Works Conventional brain-supporting supplements work by stimulating neurons that may or may not be a little "worn out.
Avatar f tn If you had temporarary movement disorders such as akathesia which is not of concern it would take a while for it to go away until the Seroquel and Effexor gets out of your system. If the movement disorders don't go away after a while ask your neurologist about tardive dyskinesia. If you are diagnosed the treatments I am on for it are very helpful. A trained movement disorders specialist could make a diagnosis. Google "Patient Education Tardive Dyskinesia" but don't scare yourself.
211940 tn?1267884866 Funny but it actually works! Find something that works for you and tweak it every now and then, it will get easier, I promise! :-) Cheers.........
561705 tn?1234549759 I would love to give my doc just one dose of my recorded experiences! It does make me a bit crazy when I realize that when he (gastro) asks me how I am doing, he isn't REALLY listening. I come from a family of origin where a sick day meant you were contageous, missing a limb, hit by a bus or delivering a baby. I do take my riba with food, drink my water, never feel bloated, use lotion.Everywhere. I have not tried Gold Bond Green but will give it a whirl.
211940 tn?1267884866 You might need to ask your neuro for something like Klonopin for the RLS. That is what I use and it works well/ As was mentioned above you might benefit from one of the emory enhancers they use for MS. Aricept does help many people with the cognitive problems of MS. You cognitive problems seem very severe. I agree that a neuro-psychological eval might be very useful. We are all - in one way or another - stuck in this MudSlide and feel how hard it is to get around.
1109293 tn?1258333223 If you have tardive dyskinesia any medication that causes it will mask it will worsening it. Cymbalta and Wellbutrin can cause it on occassion. Don't make any changes on your own but obtain a referral to a neurologist who is a movement disorders specialist and they would be able to treat it but your psychiatrist needs to change you from any medications that can cause it if is diagnosed.
572651 tn?1333939396 I was crying about how it will affect my life, not anything about how it might cause my death. I don't worry about my own death, though for reasons very differnet than some others ear. What I fear most in the world, nothing to do with MS, is the death of my husband. He's literally my best friend, I don't mean to sound hokey but it's true. My hope is that I go first. Can't imagine a life without him, and I don't mean for looking after me and doing stuff that I can't or shouldn't do.