Top
20
Doctor insights on: Valium Alzheimer's Patients

Share
1

1
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

See 2 more doctor answers
Dr. Marvin Ott
511 doctors shared insights

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


2

2
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

See 1 more doctor answer
3

3
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

4

4
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

5

5
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

See 1 more doctor answer
6

6
How do I caregive for an alzheimer's patient?

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

See 1 more doctor answer
7

7
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

See 1 more doctor answer
8

8
Is anxiety common in patient's with alzheimer's disease?

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

See 1 more doctor answer
10

10
I care foran alzheimer's patient who tends to wander off and gets lost. What can I do?

I care foran alzheimer's patient who tends to wander off and gets lost. What can I do?

Functional analysis: Reduce hazards--throw rugs, cords, install night lights, gates at stairwells. Provide a place to wander safely. Install alarms & locks--pressure-sensitive mats, warning bells on doors, child proof covers on doorknobs or second lock out of line of sight. Disguise exits--curtains, stop sign, mirror, or large poster. Have them wear a gps device or emergency bracelet. Remove triggers-hat, coat, keys. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
11

11
I care for an alzheimer's patient who tends to wander off and gets lost. What can I do?

Prevent it: There are various ways to prevent wandering. Try engaging the person and distracting him/her if he/she wants to go out. Lock the door, or mask the exit. You will get more information at http://www.Alz.Org/care/alzheimers-dementia-wandering.Asp#tips. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
12

12
Which vitamins are most highly recommended for Alzheimer's patients?

Not clearcut: There is a medical food called cerefolin which contains biologically active folate and b-12, plus n-acetyl-cysteine, and is approved for mild cognitve impairment. A dutch study suggested that a mix of vitamin c and vitamin e might help, but that was not conclusive. Doubt any of these approaches could be harmful, but not fully clear if worth the time and money. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
13

13
When should an alzheimer's patient be put in a retirement home?

When should an alzheimer's patient be put in a retirement home?

Caregiver burnout: When a caregiver can no longer maintain the level of care for the person with dementia, it may be time to look for alternative housing. This may mean a day care two to three time's a week up to nursing home care, depending on the severity of the dementia. Studies show that when the caregiver's health declines, physically or mental stress, the person they are caring for also declines. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
14

14
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

See 1 more doctor answer
15

15
At what stage of Alzheimer's should a patient remain in the hospital for care?

At what stage of Alzheimer's should a patient remain in the hospital for care?

Never: Hospital is not a good place for people with alzheimer's disease. They should try to avoid going there and get treatment where they are, either at home or in a long term institution. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
16

16
How do doctors tell an alzheimer's patient suffered a stroke, and estimate the time?

By MRI or CAT scan: Mri or cat scans will show if there was a stroke and possibly how old it is. However, the history is more precise regarding the time of the stroke. ...Read more

17

17
Is there any medicine that prevent alzheimer patient from frequent walking and roaming ?

Is there any medicine that prevent alzheimer patient from frequent walking and roaming ?

Couple choices: Rivastigmine and Namenda (memantine) may help agitation, but might also consider Seroquel or Risperdal. A local neurologist could help institute these drugs. Other choices may be considered. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
18

18
Patient safety in elderly populations; how do nurses communicate with the Alzheimer's folks?

Patience/compassion: It is hard to watch a viable adult dwindle in to memory loss as with alzheimer's. Most people who communicate with them have patience, understanding, and can read body language and facial cues. Caregivers remember what these patients liked and how to help them and communicate that to nurses. Art, music, and old pictures reach the long term memories of these patients and that helps. ...Read more

19

19
Could you tell me what happens if an alzheimer's disease patient is also diagnosed with cancer?

It depends: It depends on the severity of alzheimer's disease. It it is advanced, it may be better not to do an operation or chemotherapy because that may not prolong patient's life and would cause him/her lot of discomfort. If the patient would still understand the treatment's side-effects, it is possible to treat him/her as somebody who does not have alzheimer's disease. ...Read more

20

20
What happens if an alzheimer's patient is also diagnosed with cancer? Would either affect the other?

What happens if an alzheimer's patient is also diagnosed with cancer? Would either affect the other?

Usually Not: However, if there is cancer in the brain it could make symptoms of alzheimer's worse. Additionally, alzheimer's make make it difficult for a patient to understand the cancer they face and go through curative treatments that can be difficult on a person so it might make more sense to simply treat the symptoms of a cancer rather than try to cure it in a patient with advanced alzheimers. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer