But were they told what to expect, and how to judge if the medication is worth continuing?
I’ve noticed that patients and families often aren’t told much about how well these medications generally work, and or how to determine if it’s likely to help in your situation.
So in this post, I’ll explain how these medications work. I’ll also address some of the frequently asked questions that I hear from seniors and families.
If someone in your family is taking one of these medications or considering them, this will help you better understand the medication and what questions you might want to ask the doctors. This is especially important if finances or medication costs are a concern.
Note: This article is about those drugs that have been studied and approved to treat the cognitive decline related to dementia. This is not the same as treating behavioral symptoms (technically called “neuropsychiatric” symptoms) related to dementia, such as paranoia, agitation, hallucinations, aggression, sleep disturbances, wandering, and so forth. There are no drugs FDA-approved to treat the behavioral problems of dementia. I will address the off-label use of psychiatric medication for this purpose in a future article.
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