struggling for a few years with diminished memory

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   Posted 1/6/2013 4:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello all...My mother is 80 years old and has been struggling for a few years with diminished memory, focus, etc. She has been treated for depression for her entire adult lifespan and takes Prozac & Mirtazapine (Anti-Depressants), Trazadone & Lunesta (Sleep Meds) & Percocet (Pain). My Mom's confusion definitely gets worse within an hour or so after taking her "nighttime regimen" Lately her personality has become affected at times and she has had a hard time distinguishing between reality and dreams. She's living with my brother, but we're all (5 sons) concerned and want her to get the best medical treatment possible. Someone advised us to have her seen by a geriatric doctor, while another has advised that she be examined by a Neurologist. Our obvious concerns are Dementia, Alzheimer's, etc. or whether these symptoms could be related to her high amount of narcotic medications. Any advice, feedback, etc. would be greatly appreciated...Thanks

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   Posted 1/6/2013 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
If you are not sure which doctor to start with, perhaps the family dr should be the first stop. He or she might be able to help you. But for some of the elderly, yes narcotics can cause memory and reality issues. My Gma did horribly on Vicodin. Her confusion increased dramatically but she didn't have much choice because she had to take it due to a broken hip.
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   Posted 1/8/2013 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you have Power of Attorney? Like Sherry said, I think an appointment with the family dr is the first step.
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   Posted 1/9/2013 2:44 PM (GMT -6)   
You might want to check the web site called  It will tell you all about the medications she is taking and side effects, too.  Here is a link about Lunesta from  I picked that since you said her confusion gets worse after her nighttime regimen.  This also says that antidepressants and narcotics can interact with Lunesta.  It could be this combination of drugs.  You might also want to check with your doctor or pharmacist.  The pharmacist might know and it won't cost you a cent for the info. 
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