Re: Alzheimer's Disease & Aricept
Welcome to the board Cary. I regret that you needed to be here but glad you found us.
Both of my parents are currently on Aricept along with Namenda. So far there has be no compelling indication to take them off.
If your Mom is under the care of Hospice then she is well advanced in her disease. Aricept, and all other dementia medication, will only slow the progress of the disease and are recommended for early and perhaps mid stages. Once the end stage comes, which is usually when hospicd is called, then the meds are not effective anyway. Not only is it past the effectiveness claims by the drug company, but your Mom is probably not processing the medication anway.
What stage is your Mom? That would be the determining factor in what to do about the Aricept.
Again.... welcome to our little corner of insanity. Grab a glass of wine and stay a while. I will keep you and your Mom in my thoughts and prayers.