LORAZEPAM/ ATIVAN?? 1 MG. WHAT TO DO??

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C AMM
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   Posted 2/15/2005 10:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Mom has Alzheimer's pretty much last stages but she walks around and is in fairly good physical health.  Her sleep habits are so erratic that we never get a night's sleep. 
 
Went to the neurologist today after 2 completely sleepless nights and he prescribed avitan.  I checked this site and was scared by the results i saw posted.  Can anyone tell me if this drug will help or does it make things worse....   Need to know BEFORE she starts taking it. 
 
 (just as an aside, she is taking serroquel too and used to have ambien to sleep but it made her more confused! 

SnowyLynne
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   Posted 2/16/2005 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Ativan is not good for people with AD.It can cause agitation,anxiety.Do you have good relations with her Dr.If not get another Dr.you can talk to.That Dr.should know beter(guess not).It CAN make AD appear worst.


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C AMM
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   Posted 2/16/2005 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
DIDN'T HAVE TO USE IT YET.  I'LL TRY TO GET ANOTHER MEDICAL OPINION.
MY NEUROLOGIST CAME HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. (GO FIGURE)
 
ANYWAY, I HOPE I CAN HEAR FROM MORE OF YOU WHO MAY HAVE SOME SUCCESS STORIES ABOUT IT.
 
THANKS.

SnowyLynne
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   Posted 2/16/2005 6:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Not all Neurologists know about AD,but they should.
Medications for AD do work,but not in every person.
TylenolPM has Benedryl in it another no,no for anyone with AD,or detrol,or other meds.for incontinemceXanax,Hadol,any of that type medication not the best,it canm make the person worse.If your Neuro.insists on giving any of these med.get a new Dr.


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C AMM
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   Posted 2/17/2005 11:29 AM (GMT -6)   
ALL RECOMMENDATIONS CONSIDERED!! ON HOW TO GET A NIGHT'S SLEEP..  WHAT MEDS WILL WORK?  SERROQUEL? AVITAN? TYLENOL PM? AMBIEN? WHAT ABOUT ALCOHOL?   smurf   

SnowyLynne
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   Posted 2/17/2005 12:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Trazadone is good.It does work.
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C AMM
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   Posted 2/17/2005 12:25 PM (GMT -6)   
is that a tranquillizer or what category of drug is that and what is the doseage?

SnowyLynne
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   Posted 2/17/2005 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Trazadone is an antidepressant.mg.range from 50 to 300 mg.I was on 75.mg & it worked good for me.I no longer take it,as I don't need it anymore.I'm sleeping good now.
SnowyLynne


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   Posted 2/17/2005 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I most heartedly agree with snowylynne.I use to be the owner/administator of a retirement /rest home and for the AD patients ativan(lorazepam) was a huge no no It does make them even more confused....Trazadone would be my choice i was also on that for awhile and it worked for me 100mg at bedtime ........hope you get some help.......like a doc that understands AD better and what not to rx them (my opinion) Take Care AND God Bless
...........I can"t give solutions to all of life"s problems,doubts or fears.But I can listen to you and together we will search for answers.............excertp from a poem"PORTRAIT OF A FRIEND"  Take Care and GOD BLESS........................lyn


SnowyLynne
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   Posted 2/17/2005 3:56 PM (GMT -6)   
OPPS.I like to drink strawberry Margaritas,also White Zinfandel with my meals when we go out.My Dr.gave me the ok.
SnowyLynne


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   Posted 2/18/2005 2:03 AM (GMT -6)   
she's taking Seroquel and doesn't get to sleep? Wow... I took that stuff for two nights and had to quit because I slept forever.

My mom takes Trazidone and says it's the best stuff ever.

I'm currently on Sonata (my family has a lot of sleep issues... this is just my experience with them, but I don't know about how they work with AD, so maybe someone here can tell you that) and it works great.

Snowy - thanks for the list of medications to stay away from. very helpful. :)

SnowyLynne
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   Posted 2/18/2005 6:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I have AD Pixie,Seroquel is fine,but it's a antiphsychotic med.Trazadone is an antidepressant..............
SnowyLynne


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   Posted 9/16/2011 5:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Be careful about avitan, they gave it to my wife in the hospital, and it flipped her out.  did the oposite of what it was supposed to.  Hallucinations, etc.  Haldol worked better.  Hard to anticipate interactions with Alz meds and others.  she is on basic alz meds as well as Trazadone at night.  sometimes Seroquel during the day if she is anxious.  Even doctors are not sure what to do for these patients. 

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   Posted 9/17/2011 2:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Ativan has a 90% ratio of making AD patients worse. Red this is from both medical training and personal experience
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