Hi! I am seeking advice from anyone who has experience with Aricept. My Mother has not been formally diagnosed with Dementia but she does have bad short term memory and she is aware she does.
She recently spent 5 days in ICU with 2 blood clots and just got home from 21 day of physical therapy at our local nursing home. She is diabetic and having to take insulin, has ulcerative colitis, and severe osteoarthritis in both knees. She is 83 years old.
I just switched her to a new PCP who we saw on Friday and just casually said Mom could use some memory pills just to get his reaction. He immediately prescribed Aricept. Her previous PCP just said to have her take a Vitamin B Complex and dismissed anything other than that for her forgetfulness.
I've read about some bad side effects and now I am not so sure I even want to start her on this med! I would sure appreciate anyone's opinion as I am just on the fence about her taking this drug right now.