My husband refuses to identify with his diagnosis of MCI. Went one time to the neurologist completed the neuropsych testing and now he refuses to go back. I was hoping he would go on aricept. My neurologist says all that we can do is send him to his family doctor. Family doctor said he would see him but we couldn’t expect him to take the medication. How knowledgeable just the family doctor need to be in prescribing?
My husband’s family doctor prescribed Arisept before he had seen the neurologist. He doesn’t want to take them either so I give it to him with his vitamins. He seems to be ok with taking them. Maybe because I take my vitamins at the same time
My mom kept refusing to take her meds. They all told me the same thing that my mom had the right to refuse to take her medication. So I would crush up her meds and put it in her food. Such as pudding, cottage cheese etc.
My husband has been on memantine and rivistigmine since the beginning (almost 8 years). I asked his neurologist if we can stop the meds because I see his AZD progressing daily. He asked if I want to take the chance to see how quickly it will progress if I stop. Of course, I said no, but now I am rethinking that decision. He is getting worse in every way, except he is still able to go to the bathroom on his own (a few exceptions have happened at night) and he has yet to become agressive (except when he is having a specific delusion). I am noticing his motor skills are off a bit and I need to slow down when we walk together. He is having some trouble getting up from a sitting position, but can navigate on his own. So I really don't think the meds are slowing anything down. I am still waiting for approval from the state to get a card to purchase medical marijuana. I will give him that only when he is having an exceptionally bad delusion or trouble sleeping. I think the decision on taking or not taking meds is up to the caregiver since they are the ones seeing the changes on a daily basis.
After a few years on Aricept, we saw no positive changes in husband’s AD and it kept progressing. Saw a new neurologist who changed his Aricept to Memantine(sp.?). He still will not fully comply, so I don’t know if it is a better medication than Aricept. Husband takes the morning dose but we have trouble getting a nighttime dose in him—maybe because mornings he takes vitamins with it. I’m going to try splitting vitamins between mornings and nights. He always took his vitamins before his AD diagnosis, but he has always hated taking any prescription medications! Also, he is still in denial he even has AD! He is in the moderate stage now. He has seen multiple specialists and had a battery of tests. All say its AD. This is such a tough disease to handle—for both of us!
My husband was prescribed Aricept when he was first diagnosed and I immediately saw and improvement. Unfortunately, he had an allergic reaction to the med and had to stop (swollen tongue). I hope you can get your husband to take it especially if he is in the early stages.
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