Medication making things worse?
I donít know how much advice I can get on this, but I was hoping just to get a second opinion. My dad is in the ďearlyĒ stages of Alzheimerís, and has been for quite some time. Over the past 6 months or so, me and my mom have noticed a major decrease in his mental function. When I say mental function, I mean ability to remember things, making conversation, etc. I donít know what has caused such a sudden change, as he was stable for a while, or even getting slightly worse, but not as rapidly as this has come about.
Unfortunately, he has a number of other health issues and is on a lot of medications, so deciphering a possible cause is a bit hard, but Iíve attempted to do so. He is on 10 medications, in addition to Aspirin. The psychiatrist he was seeing, who I was not familiar with, suddenly passed away in April, so he is no longer seeing a psychiatrist, but has a kidney doctor, primary care doctor, cardiologist, etc. I donít know how well they track the medications, and I know it would be the psychiatrist who would need to look into why my dad has changed so suddenly. I am in the process of trying to find him another qualified doctor.
Okay, back to the medications. For Alzheimerís, heís on Namenda 10mg and Aricept 10mg. For thyroid, heís on Synthroid .1mg. He takes Omeprazole 20mg for acid reflux, Actos 30mg for blood sugar, Tricor 145mg and Lipitor 80mg for cholesterol. He also takes Furosemide 20mg for blood pressure, Cyclobenzapr 10mg, which is a muscle relaxant. Finally, he is on Invega 3mg for paranoia, which from what I understand can be common with Alzheimerís.
Among his conditions are diabetes type 2, low kidney function (not yet on dialysis though), high blood pressure and cholesterol; under-active thyroid, heís also had a stroke and heart attack.
His health conditions have changed him a lot over the years, but itís just been within the past 6 months or so that heís changed drastically. Heís unsteady on his feet, stares and doesnít say much, has suddenly forgotten everything Ė like where the bathroom is, etc. I know this is typical of the disease, as I went through this with my grandfather as well but I wanted to check to make sure that the medication is not making something worse here. It is a very sudden change, as I could have had somewhat of a normal conversation with him just half a year ago, and now I donít feel I would be able to. Heís been taken off a few medications because of the kidney issues, but I donít believe they would affect him now. Any thoughts?