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Red_34
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   Posted 9/14/2008 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   
My Gma's doctor is putting her on Namenda for her dementia.  I'm just wondering if anyone else or their family members have been on this medication and if so, how did you or the family member react?  I've been reading up on this med but I would like to hear of first hand accounts - good or bad.  Thanks!  :-)
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AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 9/15/2008 8:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sherry,

I hope you get some responses. But you might do better with a "Search Site" at the top of the page . . . if I see anything quickly, I'll bump it up.

There hasn't been too much activity here recently. Sorry.

My dad used Namenda (spelling?) but we weren't really sure how much it was doing for him. They didn't prescribe it till he was losing a LOT of ground while on Arisept.

I hope it helps your gramma.

Blessings!

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Red_34
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   Posted 9/15/2008 10:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Rosie :) I didn't see it on the search for Namenda in the treatment of AZ and how well others have responded. All I saw were the ones using it for migraines. Unless I missed it somewhere??? My gma starts it this week sometime. I'm a little concerned for her kidneys though while taking this. It says not to take if you have a kidney disease - my gma doesn't exactly have a kidney disease but she does have bad kidneys (a nephrostomy tube in the right and stent in the left). I think I will place a call to her doctor to see what his take on that is. I'm hoping this will help her gain some of her mentality back, she has been going downhill fast that it's heartbreaking. I am not holding my breath for miracles but one can hope eh?
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hope48
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   Posted 9/15/2008 9:24 PM (GMT -7)   

This is a very talked about topic.  Maybe not on this site but in the Dementia units with other family members.  They said my Mom was prescribed Aricept by her GP and caused problems.  I then called her Neurologist and her dementia is in the later stages and said that it would not do much good. I really think that it depends on the individual and what stage they are in.  Maybe if she was first dx. with it, then yes, but certainly not now.

I really to think that alot of these drugs can cause more harm than good.  Of course that is just my opinion.  My Mom is very sensitive to meds.  They wanted to double her dose of Benzo's and I said, absolutely not.  You really have to be on top of things.  Last year when she was in the hospital they wanted to put her on seroqueol and I told them not to give it to her.  But they did anyway. She has been declared imcompenant and I am her health care surrogate.  It's no picnic.  I have become very proadvocate since my fathers passing 5 years ago. I get all records even if they have given me the results.  You would be surprised. For instance, my Mom was given a chest x-ray and the Doctor came in and told me that it was fine.  Well, when she left the hospital, I went to get her records.  Come to find out on her chest x-ray it showed Congestive heart failure.  I was so mad that I went and set up an appointment with her doctor for a consult.  I had the paperwork with me and asked them why was I told this was a normal chest x-ray?  She asked me who told me that, I said your associate.  Needless to say she was speechless. 

I wish you all the best and hope that things get better for you.

Be Blessed,

Hope


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   Posted 9/16/2008 7:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Hope. I will definately keep close tabs on Gma when she starts this med. I am my Gma's advocate too and have had to step in quite a few times when records don't correspond to what the docs have told me. I call myself her little bulldog :)
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   Posted 9/17/2008 3:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Red
Dad was on this as well and I did see a difference in him for some time
I truly think it has to do with the loved one and the stage they are in

I will do some checking for you ......

Take care

LYN


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