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Time to “just say no” to behavior-calming drugs for Alzheimer patients? Experts say yes
scma_2007
Posted: Tuesday, June 9, 2015 12:19 PM
Joined: 9/13/2013
Posts: 112



Most prescribed anti-psychotic drugs to treat behavioural problems of Alzheimer's are off-label use. The calming effects are immediate but used long term have shown adverse side effects.


****** Anti-psychotic drugs list

Information for Healthcare Professionals: Conventional Antipsychotics

http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/ucm124830.htm
(Last Updated: 08/15/2013)


***** Anti-psychotic drug explained

Treating behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia
http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?documentID=1191&pageNumber=2


***** In US, we have Dr Gitlin of John Hopkins University spearheading non-drug treatment for dementia behavioral symptoms

Time to “just say no” to behavior-calming drugs for Alzheimer patients? Experts say yes
http://www.uofmhealth.org/news/archive/201503/time-%E2%80%9Cjust-say-no%E2%80%9D-behavior-calming-drugs-alzheimer-patients#dice (March 03, 2015)


***** Our government has encouraged the reduction of anti-psychotic drug usage

Nursing homes vow to cut antipsychotic use in dementia patients

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/218358-nursing-homes-vow-to-cut-antipsychotic-use-in-dementia-patients (09/19/14)

Many swear by the use of anti-psychotic drugs. Personally, we had bad results when used on my parents. There are alternative solutions.


Lane Simonian
Posted: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 10:19 AM
Joined: 12/12/2011
Posts: 4863


Thank you for the great post and information. The use of anti-psychotics can be and in some cases has been greatly reduced through non-pharmacological alternatives.
Mimi S.
Posted: Saturday, July 11, 2015 7:36 PM
Joined: 11/29/2011
Posts: 7028


i completely agree.

However, to completely ban their use with Dementia patients is not the way to go. There are times when their use is the best thing.

it may calm a person enough so they can sleep.
it may give the doctor or care giver tie to put into practice especially Naomi Feil's Validation Method

Eden Desjardins
Posted: Tuesday, July 14, 2015 2:55 PM
Joined: 5/25/2015
Posts: 48


Thank you for this, drug companies try to push their pharmaceuticals more out of profit than the well-being of their patients.
anib
Posted: Saturday, July 18, 2015 2:41 PM
Joined: 7/29/2014
Posts: 217


Thanks for the sites, I had started looking to the studies for Britons. I found some of the information on this site helpful, some that doesn't pertain to us in the USA. I will look at the John Hopkins link.

credence.org/ECpages/?page_id=509

I am always looking for natural ways to help my mom, we tried 3 different meds, and they all altered her personality, or just made her sleep. I prefer her to live not just exist, what ever the day may bring.

About three quarters down in this site there is some valuable information on hydration and the brain, and includes a study done in a facility. I just happen to be a firm believer that water is the best drug for any older person. Whereas some choose to limit water intake at a certain time before bed, I have always encouraged it. It's not like if their depends leaks during the night that we have to go in the back yard, light a fire, put on a kettle, lye soap, boil stir, then hang on a line!

Anyway, the site puts a new light on what we put in our bodies does effect the mind.

Thanks again for the info.