Managing Medications and Alzheimer’s

 

There can be multiple medications prescribed to a person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.

It can be very difficult managing the multiple medications that can be prescribed to a person with dementia, especially when more than one medication is being prescribed.  The following is a guide to help you better manage the many medications your loved one may be taking.

If a person with Alzheimer’s disease is under the care of more than one doctor, make a list of all the medications, including vitamins and any supplement.  Hand this list to all health care teams so that they will be aware of any prescriptions as well as over the counter medications.  This will help the doctor check for any drug related interactions.

Make certain your doctor is aware of any allergies.  If the Doctor prescribes a new medication, find out as much as you can about it, and ensure each doctor is updated to the new medicine.  Take the medication as described by your doctor.  Never stop medications or change the dose without consulting the doctor first.  It is a good idea to ask the doctor for alternative medications if you find the one they prescribe is too expensive or if your loved one is having too many complications from the prescribed medications.