Zyprexa for Alz/dementia?

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   Posted 9/7/2011 5:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone on this forum ever heard of zyprexa working for people with alzheimers dementia? I am asking for a family member. I usually hang out on the auto immune and crohn's forums. I figured this would be a good group to ask if they have heard of this. My family member has an elderly grandmother who just screams at the top of her lungs for hours on end, so they put her on zyprexa..... They don't think it is helping. Thanks for any thoughts or discussion-:)

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   Posted 9/7/2011 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Did her doctor put her on Zyprexa? The problem with dementia or Alzheimer's is that sometimes certain medications don't work right. Zyprexa is used to treat Schizophrenia, bipolar or other psychotic disorders. The chemical make up (in the brain) of a person with AD changes. For instance, sleeping medications can cause aggression and or restlessness in a person with AD. There are other medications that can be tried to help control her outbursts. Also too, if she is taking Zyprexa with certain medications, there can be interactions.

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   Posted 9/11/2011 11:14 AM (GMT -6)   
My mom was put on Seroquel, by her physician, for agitation. She was put on a very low dose and it seemed to help, but it did cause her to be drowsy. She also takes Namenda and Aricept.
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   Posted 9/12/2011 1:08 AM (GMT -6)   
My wife is 70 years young and she takes Namenda two times a day they cost so much and I see no improvement. Has been on them for three years. thinking of taking her of of them.

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   Posted 9/13/2011 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   
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