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Alzheimers And Lexapro
Many reasons: Mild cognitive impairment is often the initial manifestation of Alzheimer's but cognitive problems can be seen with vitamin deficiencies, thyroid problems, HIV and syphilis infections, and medication adverse effects. Alcohol and recreational drugs can also do this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Also called escitalopram, it is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, used for treatment of depression, anxiety disorders. It is the isomer of citalopram (celexa), originally introduced as a refined form of Celexa with fewer adverse effects. Daily doses range from 10 mg. To 40 mg. , average 20mg. Main side-effects involve ...Read more
I just read the story about the Alzheimer's and lexapro. I'm 76 yr old woman, taking Lexapro 10 yrs. Should I try stopping the med. Is the study good
Mom has Alzheimer's, doesn't sleep at night (sleeps often during day).She takes escitalopram in the morning,can we use valerian root capsule at night?
Maybe . . .: But before trying valerian root (http://www.drugs.com/mtm/valerian-root.html), why not try switching her Lexapro (escitalopram) to nighttime dosing. Different people react differently such that some feel sleepy while others complain of insomnia, all as a result of the same medication! Check http://www.drugs.com/mtm/escitalopram.html for more info. More daytime activity such as exercise might help. ...Read more
Consistent picture: Gold standard might implicate a pet scan showing classical metabolic changes in appropriate brain areas. Spinal fluid studies would confirm the disorder. The clinical picture develops without other explanation. Mental status testing reveals progressive declines without reversal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: Keep a dialog open with the doctor of your spouse. Home is a great place as long as both of you are safe and healthy. If you are both clean, well fed and safe, then all is well. If either of you or your spouse are not 'keeping up' then you want to start talking about getting help. Taking care of your spouse cannot be at the expense of your health, so keep the dialog w/ doctors open and honest. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It does: The exact mechanism is not known, but people with alzheimer's who do low-moderate level aerobic exercise (like a stationary bike or treadmill) daily have slower disease progression, less anger/anxiety and fewer complication than those who do not. Remember that the exercise must be supervised, especially for those with severe dementia, so that person does not get hurt or wander off. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Behavior and mood : Studies have documented changes in personality and depression starting 3-5 yrs prior to memory loss. The problem progresses to involve organizational skills, ability to do basic skills such as driving or balancing a checkbook, and need for increased help in basic activities. In older pts without good reasons for depression, alz disease may be starting. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possible early signs: Some early signs of alzheimer's can be memory loss that disturbs daily life; trouble planning/solving problems; difficulty completing typical tasks; confusion with time or place; trouble understanding visual images or space relationships; new problems with word finding or following conversations; misplacing things, ; unable to retrace steps; poor judgment; withdrawing socially; mood changes, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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