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DanL (@tunared)

Looking for other experiences with Aricept.

Caregivers: Dementia | Last Active: Jul 24 8:47pm | Replies (29)

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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.

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It's important to get things out and listen to others going through similar experiences. My wife has tried multiple types of drugs but all have had bad interactions. She is now off all pills and that seems like the best course of action for her. I try to watch out for the frustrations/anxieties and head them off by changing the directions she is heading, sometimes by just asking her to sit with me and pick out different shapes in the clouds. whatever works at the time. We know there is no medication to stop the MCI/dementia so we just take it one day at a time and enjoy it the best we can. So far the best thing that has worked for my wife is exercise. she/we will go to the gym and work out on a bike/treadmill/eliptical for 2 hours and watch some tv at the same time. gym is expensive but it is worth the money because she sleeps at night. take care of yourself