meds they started my grandmother on

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dragonfly137927
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   Posted 8/3/2007 2:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone,
 
While my grandmother was in the hospital over the last weekand a half they did start her on 2 different meds for Alzheimer's.  The meds they started are Aricept and Namenda.  I was wondering why this combination since I read that Aricept is for mild cognitive impairment and the Namenda is for moderate to severe Alheimer's.
 
Has anyone here been on or knows someone on both of these meds?  How do they help with Alzheimer's?  Also how long does one have to take the medication to gain benefits from it?
 
Sorry about all of the questions she has had memory issues for the past couple of years then went downhill at the begining of last month refusing to eat sometimes which turned into all the time.  My family was finally able to get her to the hospital due to her not eating (they called the rescue).  Since she had a diagnosis of breast cancer back in 98 (she has been cancer free since) she has refused to go to any doctor exept her GP (who himself is 73).  She gets extremely scared when it comes to medical tests.  Her biggest fear in life was that she would get cancer and after she did she never was the same.  I just cannot believe how fast this progressed.
 
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minmark
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   Posted 8/3/2007 7:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Usually that's the combination they are giving, for memory retention and to stabilize or if possible to slow down the progression of the disease. You must wait for three days to one week before the medication work and see the development if it helps or not. The progression varies to every person. It depends to their lifestyle, the medication they are taking and to the support they get from the family and friends and to the medical team that handle her case. Keep your grandma busy, physically ang mentally and this will be a plus factor to delay the progression of the Alzheimers.

Howlyncat
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   Posted 8/5/2007 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I believe it is a good combo I do hope it works for your Grandma
MM is right keep your Grama busy
I wish you all the best

Please keep posting your input and letting us know about your Grama


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dragonfly137927
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   Posted 8/6/2007 4:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I hope when she gets more adjusted to the home that she will join some of the activities. The august activities calendar was there while my family was there Saturday and my mom went through checking off things she may be interested I just hope when the activities come she wont say no anymore
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   Posted 8/7/2007 3:06 AM (GMT -7)   
HI there D
I believe ( crossing all fingers n toes) that by then after she is more adjusted as you say she will join in along and do some activities

I AM glad to hear they actually have an activity calander where she is ........thats ONE great thing

Yes please do keep us posted ....I am following your story and I am hoping it all goes well ......

I am in the midst of moving BUT will be on at least once a day or every other day to check in k
Email me anytime

God Bless you and your Mom for all you are doing for that sweet woman you call Nan

Luvs
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