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Can Valium help calm alzheimer's patients?

Can Valium help calm alzheimer's patients?

Rx for Alzheimer's: Normally, valium and ativan (lorazepam) are not very helpful for people with Alzheimers. These medicines, which are sometimes used to relieve anxiety, may have paradoxical effects in people with dementia. They may cause them to feel excessively sleepy or irritable. Most providers who handle people with these illnesses use antipsychotics in gentle doses. Quetiapine is an example. ...Read more

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Dr. Olav Jaren
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Valium (Definition)

Valium (diazepam) is an older benzodiazepine tranquilizer. It was the #1 prescribed drug (of any kind) in the us in the late 1960s but is used less now due to drug interactions and active metabolites. It is still used for anxiety and as "pre-medication" for uncomfortable medical and minor surgical procedures. It is habit-forming, should not be used with alcohol, ...Read more


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Placment safe for alzheimer's patient?

Placment safe for alzheimer's patient?

It depends: Safe placement depends on severity of alzheimer's disease. If the patient may engage in dangerous behaviors, e.g., using appliances incorrectly, wandering, he/she may need a supervised environment in an assisted living or nursing home. ...Read more

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And if .05 mg is equivalant to 10 mg of Valium why would my dr keep prescribing a patient 3 mg of Xanax (alprazolam) & want me to see phcyatrist for 30 mg valium?

And if .05 mg is equivalant to 10 mg of Valium why would my dr keep prescribing a patient 3 mg of Xanax (alprazolam) & want me to see phcyatrist for 30 mg valium?

Xanax (alprazolam): Those are high doses of benzos. Your doctor realizes that these are habit forming at these doses as well as that pills are useful but not the final answer and are merely a crutch. ...Read more

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Is nattokinase helpful to alzheimer's patients?

Is nattokinase helpful to alzheimer's patients?

NO: Nattokinase is said to be of value for vascular and cardiac issues. Suppose if a patient had a dementia due to small strokes in addition or instead of alzheimer's approach might be considered, but this preparation does not seem to provide any real benefit for the true alzheimer's patient. ...Read more

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What kinds of treatments are availble for alzheimer's patients?

What kinds of treatments are availble for alzheimer's patients?

State of the art: Early alzheimer's might benefit from medical foods, which include axona and cerefolin-nac. Also, aricept, Exelon pill/patch, galantamine, (galantamine hydrobromide) and Namenda may be useful. None a cure, merely symptomatic support and modest control. ...Read more

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How do I caregive for an alzheimer's patient?

Depending how sick: Early alzheimer's is difficult to diagnose because pts. Are still very independent. It is important to supervise them often and as time passes by more and more close observation to the point that they will require 24/7 observation. Somebody needs to verify their bills are paid, they don't forget appointments or dates, they don't fall or get sick, check they eat & take meds. , shower or wash. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for an alzheimer's patient?

May vary: Often said to be roughly 10-15 yrs after diagnosis, but could be shorter period of time depending on age of diagnosis, and co-morbidities. The alzheimer's meds on the market do not seem to change life expectancy. ...Read more

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Is anxiety common in patient's with alzheimer's disease?

Common: I've seen anxiety as a common symptom of ad. It never has the depth that anxiety has in younger patients i.e. To explore psychosocial factors and give simple medication treatments. It is most likely a CNS connection but look at vascular and other organ systems for imbalance. Some older people are more affected by the somatic. Consider depresson and psychotic features. Treat symptoms, low doses. ...Read more

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How long can a terminally ill alzheimer's patient live without food or drink?

Death comes quickly: If you include fluids then the time of their death will be faster...Maybe even up to seven days or so. I am sorry you are having to deal with this. But, starvation is a non-painful way to die when one is at this extreme of life. ...Read more

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