My dad has dementia Alzheimer's he becomes very combative at times doesn't sleep at night is a Wanderer Sundowners is terrible we had to place him in care a month ago have been trying different medications he wasn't want anything prior to his placement but everything is so sedating before we couldn't get him to go to sleep and now everything just keeps him sleepy and so out of it what kind of medication are your loved ones on that have them thriving and up during the day and restful at night?
My mom became very combative a couple years ago and they tried her on antipsychotic meds....geodon, risperadol,etc. Finally after researching online i read about injectable cause couldn't get her take pills. So now she on Invega Susteena shot 39 mg shot once a month plus .25 mg risperidone twice a day. She not nearly as combative now. At night she takes 1 mg ativan and 15 mg remron which is anti depressant with sedative effect....sleeps good most nights but up with crazy thoughts maybe 2 nights out of 8...I'll take it...better than every night. I hate antipsychotic drugs and they not recommended for dementia with psychosis, but what else can they do. I'm thankful for the grace of God that gets me thru each day. Bless your heart...this is a difficult journey, but I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!
I feel for you about her mother being combative. My husband has only just started to become a little bit argumentative and I can see from my experience with his father, who had Alzheimer's, that it will get worse over time. His father was a kind and gentle man but became very aggressive towards the end. This was in 1996 and I think that we have so many more remedies now, which is great.. My husband takes Quietapine for night time hallucinations, not being able to sleep and slight depression (but you may not be able to get that in the States). It worked very well for the first few weeks and he slept better with no hallucinations or disturbances, sometimes as many as 15 times a night, which always woke me up. Then it got worse again and he had to take two. His body has now gotten used to the two and he's starting to have all the symptoms back again. I have also heard that Clonzepam is good, but again may not be available in the States.
Thank you all so much so update I think we found the cocktail ..my daddy is doing good we had a great visit today and he was talking and interacting and just wonderful. I got to hear him twll me he loved me several times....i will get the meds hes taking to let everyone know. But right now we are all happy
I think exercise is good for the brain as well as the body, but it is getting people to do it that is the problem. My husband was very fit and healthy person that played rugby, tennis and cricket, but he is reluctant to even walk very far these days and always walks