He was on Aricept initially for MCI. That was a bad experience. Now he has the definition of LBD and Excelon patch seems to be a better choice. My husband has been able to take Wellbutrin XL 150 every morning for depression, but that adds to anxiety. The neuro-psychiatrist prescribed Zoloft to take along with Wellbutrin only take zoloft at night. The Zoloft greatly increased the nightmares and the acting out, so we had to discontinue that at 2 weeks. We now try to just keep things calm and in a "sort of routine" to decrease the anxiety. No sad or violent or crimes scene tv/movies and NEVER any news of helicopter/plane crashes , no family problems are told to him unless they are completely unavoidable – they are all triggers for REM sleep disturbances. Sometimes the anxiety pops up in the middle of something as simple as grocery shopping and we have to finish quickly and get home. However he can drive 1,400 miles in all types of driving situations and not feel anxiety…..I stay perplexed….and surprised…and proud….and weary…holding on because of faith.
I do apologize for rambling but it does help to get this stuff out somewhere.