My husband suffers from dementia. Recently, I have asked his neurologist and GP for a very mild sedative to help deal with his increasing afternoon hyperactivity/anxiety/agitation/illusions. I am being told that they do not prescribe for that; that we must see a psychiatrist, and that many sedatives may lead to further confusion, more illusions, among other side effects, and even death.
The very reason we have declined medications previously, is due to possible side effects. Recently, it seems as though, if there is a bad side effect to a medication, my husband will have it. I’m not a fan of big pharma anyway, and would prefer to go through this as naturally as possible.
I have asked only for a very mild sedative – just enough to take the edge off.
Doesn’t this seem like overkill? I have never heard of such a thing – a GP or a neurologist unable or unwilling to prescribe a very mild sedative, and having to see a psychiatrist to get a prescription for a very mild sedative? I know all kinds of people who are on mild sedatives due to anxiety. Many, many years ago, when my father had dementia, he was prescribed a mild sedative that helped him slow down a little. My father also had illusions, anxiety, agitation, and hyperactivity – isn’t that pretty common in advancing stages of dementia? They make it sound like it is something unusual.
I just don’t understand all this. It seems unsupportive and obstructionist, but I realize that others may look at this differently. So…I’m throwing it out there. Please share your knowledge and experiences.
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