It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....



Osteoporosis Message Board

  • Forteo and dementia

  • Post New Thread   Closed Thread
    Thread Tools Search this Thread
    Old 01-14-2008, 12:15 PM   #1
    Oasis_rest
    Junior Member
    (female)
     
    Oasis_rest's Avatar
     
    Join Date: Jun 2005
    Posts: 20
    Oasis_rest HB User
    Forteo and dementia

    My 89 year old mother has advanced dementia and has just been diagnosed with osteoporosis. I have just started giving her fosamax, but the doctor wants her to take forteo. Has anyone had experience with forteo and dementia. I'm concerned about the side effects since she can't tell me if she is having any.

    Deb

     
    Sponsors Lightbulb
       
    Old 01-14-2008, 12:45 PM   #2
    DesertBloom
    Senior Veteran
    (female)
     
    DesertBloom's Avatar
     
    Join Date: Aug 2006
    Location: CA, USA
    Posts: 1,483
    DesertBloom HB UserDesertBloom HB User
    Re: Forteo and dementia

    Hi Oasis: I'm on my 19 mo of forteo with No side effects. Are you asking if forteo causes demetia or if having dementia makes it difficult to take? Below is a link that explains the drug, I never heard of it making dementia worse, but who knows. Look at the page where it list the side effects, and see. It mentions that no additional side effects were seen in geriatric patients. Will you be giving her the shot if you decide to use this? As you know it's a daily shot (really easy to do) that continues for 24 mos. The FDA hasn't approved it's use beyond the 2 years. I've had wonderful results and no problems, but everyone is different.

    Good luck to your Mom and let us know if you need anything else.

    How the drug works:

    [url]http://www.ccjm.org/pdffiles/DEAL703.PDF#search=%22forteo%20and%20ost eosarcoma%22[/url]


    Side Effects:geriatric use pg: 15, side effects pg: 15-16


    [url]http://pi.lilly.com/us/forteo-pi.pdf[/url]

     
    Old 01-14-2008, 04:45 PM   #3
    Turquoise
    Member
    (female)
     
    Turquoise's Avatar
     
    Join Date: Dec 2006
    Location: Orlando,FL
    Posts: 95
    Turquoise HB User
    Re: Forteo and dementia

    Oasis:
    Why is the doctor prescribing Forteo? What are her T scores and has she sustained non traumatic fractures? Forteo is a 2 year commitment with followup meds. With advanced dementia, she won't be able to administer the daily injections herself. How is your mother's health besides the dementia? I think you have to ask yourself how will the results of the forteo treatment will impact the quality of her life.

    My MIL is 88 and has advanced dementia. She is in good Physical condition but each time the doctors write a new Rx we make sure it's necessary and will not conflict with all the other meds she is taking.

    Good luck with your decision.
    Turquoise

     
    Old 01-15-2008, 07:21 AM   #4
    Oasis_rest
    Junior Member
    (female)
     
    Oasis_rest's Avatar
     
    Join Date: Jun 2005
    Posts: 20
    Oasis_rest HB User
    Re: Forteo and dementia

    Thanks much for your replies. DesertBloom, it was good to hear that you've had no side effects and have had good results.

    Mother's T-scores are: -3.4 for the lumbar spine, minus 2.9 for the femoral neck left hip, -2.1 for the total left hip. She is healing (using a brace) from a comopression fracture in her spine at T-9 (about mid-back).

    I was wondering if anyone had dealt with the forteo and advanced dementia and how the caregiver dealt with the side effects if the patient can't quite say what is wrong, i.e. my Mother can't tell me she has leg pain, or a migraine or flu-like symptoms, etc. I have to rely on my and her sitters' intuition or medical tests.

    She still likes to walk, but even though she doesn't seem to be in much pain, her weak back makes it more difficult. Her physical health has been pretty good.

    Thanks for any experience you might have.

    Deb

     
    Old 01-15-2008, 08:48 AM   #5
    osteoblast
    Senior Veteran
    (female)
     
    osteoblast's Avatar
     
    Join Date: Oct 2006
    Location: u.s.
    Posts: 1,679
    osteoblast HB User
    Re: Forteo and dementia

    Oasis- I am 55 and on forteo now for about 15 months. My experience was that I had dizziness after the shot. This is a listed side effect. For me it was quite troublesome. I would generally feel that I should lie down for awhile after the shot.Also it impacted my appetite and after the shot for a few hrs. I had very little interest in food, and the smell of food was even sort of sickening to me. At that time, I was taking the shot at about 3:00 or 4:00 in the afternoon. I then changed to taking the shot immediately before getting into bed after I had done everything I needed to- teeth brushed etc. The side effects no longer are a bother. I just fall asleep and I sleep through any discomfort. From what I understand now , this is generally the advised time to do the shot. Others may pipe in if this is not their understanding. Recently there was a poster here who had dizziness so severe that she was going to have to quit because she was worried about driving or falling. So, if your mom experienced dizziness that made her unsteady this would not be helpful to her situation. I just wanted to add this to say how giving the shot right before bed may be helpful. Of course with the elderly , then there is the issue of getting up to go to the bathroom. I wish you and your mom luck with this! Thankfully she is not in pain from her compression factor and otherwise doing pretty well.

     
    Old 01-15-2008, 03:03 PM   #6
    Turquoise
    Member
    (female)
     
    Turquoise's Avatar
     
    Join Date: Dec 2006
    Location: Orlando,FL
    Posts: 95
    Turquoise HB User
    Re: Forteo and dementia

    Oasis:
    You might try going on the Alz. Disease and Dementia message board to ask about the Forteo. I go on that board occasionally and all kinds of medication questions are asked and answered.
    Turquoise

     
    Old 01-22-2008, 01:49 PM   #7
    sunstateshirley
    Newbie
    (female)
     
    sunstateshirley's Avatar
     
    Join Date: Sep 2007
    Location: fort myers, florida, usa
    Posts: 4
    sunstateshirley HB User
    Re: Forteo and dementia

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Turquoise View Post
    Oasis:
    Why is the doctor prescribing Forteo? What are her T scores and has she sustained non traumatic fractures? Forteo is a 2 year commitment with followup meds. With advanced dementia, she won't be able to administer the daily injections herself. How is your mother's health besides the dementia? I think you have to ask yourself how will the results of the forteo treatment will impact the quality of her life.

    My MIL is 88 and has advanced dementia. She is in good Physical condition but each time the doctors write a new Rx we make sure it's necessary and will not conflict with all the other meds she is taking.

    Good luck with your decision.
    Turquoise

     
    Closed Thread

    Related Topics
    Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
    Forteo and Strontium trail Osteoporosis 4 10-17-2008 10:22 AM
    New To Board - Questions About Forteo / Scores kackie1 Osteoporosis 5 04-22-2008 07:36 AM
    Fosamax before Forteo Aleta145 Osteoporosis 17 01-29-2008 05:01 PM
    Dementia and forteo Oasis_rest Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 6 01-22-2008 01:58 PM
    Forteo and loss of teeth nanerlblue Osteoporosis 18 08-01-2007 08:56 AM
    I did it, my first forteo injection wildflowers Osteoporosis 24 07-17-2007 12:16 PM
    only three short term studies on fracture reduction after FORTEO deep_blue Osteoporosis 17 01-28-2007 06:30 PM
    Lasting affects of Forteo Nan-NMW Osteoporosis 21 03-06-2005 06:31 PM
    Anyone on daily Forteo injections?? Oldbones Osteoporosis 11 11-03-2004 05:03 PM




    Thread Tools Search this Thread
    Search this Thread:

    Advanced Search

    Posting Rules
    You may not post new threads
    You may not post replies
    You may not post attachments
    You may not edit your posts

    BB code is On
    Smilies are On
    [IMG] code is Off
    HTML code is Off
    Trackbacks are Off
    Pingbacks are Off
    Refbacks are Off




    Sign Up Today!

    Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

    I want my free account

    All times are GMT -7. The time now is 08:00 PM.





    © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved.
    Do not copy or redistribute in any form!