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Posted by tomi on December 14, 1999 at 01:30:59:

In Reply to: Re: Aricept posted by JLD on November 26, 1999 at 16:43:38:

: :My husband has been on Aricept for almost 2 years, and I truly think it probably delayed the progression somewhat. He is on .05 mg, and I spoke to his Dr. a short time ago and he said we could do the .10 mg pill. However, an article I read (Sat.Even.Post.I think) said that there was no clinical evidence that the higher dosage was any more effective. I also give him a multi-vitamin, and Ginko Biloba, as well as Vitamin E supplement. I'll try anything to forestall any progression. However, short term memory is failing fast the past 3 months.
I'll share with you something I posted on the main board that I read last week: God uses situations in our lives like this to let us "be Christ" to those who need unconditional love, and who have become 'unlovely' through no fault of their own. I want to do this, with His help.
God Bless You and your loved one.
: : : Mom's 67 and has been on Aricept since she was diagnosed 5 years ago. I am not sure at this point
: : : if the Aricept is making a difference. It seemed to help previously, but now as she progresses
: : : in this disease, I can't tell. I've heard Aricept only helps for a limited time, but I don't
: : : want to take her off the medication if it is helping. How long do people usually take Aricept?
: : : She has become doubly incontinent and her walking has worsened although she still gets around.
: : : She can still complete a thought and a sentence. Any advice is welcome. Thanks.

: : How long has your mother been incontinent? I have been experiencing some of the same problems with my mother. I have carried her to different doctors, and am so confused with all the different opinions. My mother is also on Aricept and it helped her tremendously at first, but now I'm not sure it's doing too much good. Her dr has not advised increasing the dosage. but I intend to discuss it with him on her next office visit.My primary concern now is the incontinence because she is so embarassed by it she has almost become a recluse. Pleae keep me informed on your mother's progress.
: Hello,
: I'm a graduate college student doing a paper on AD. In conversations I have had with Pharmists tell have conveyed to me that Aricept (as well as Cognex) are rather short lived in effectiveness; usually lasting no greater than 6 months with individuals that have progressive dementia. I don't have any other answers for either of you, except consul your doctor about the conditons and change of symptoms you notice with your mothers. Good luck and God bless.

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