Monday, February 18, 2013

Dementia aggression difficult to control


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The Dementia Caregiver's Little Book of Hope [Kindle Edition

Carol Bursack

It’s likely that someday a physician will be able to order a blood test which will identify the exact medication needed to balance a person’s brain chemistry. Unfortunately, we are a long way from that ideal. Doctor and other professionals try their best to find a medication that will help, but finding the optimum medication is difficult.

Zyprexa (olanzapine) is an atypical antipsychotic medication. Exactly how it works isn’t known, though it’s thought to work by changing the actions of certain chemicals in the brain. The drug is generally used to treat the symptoms of psychotic conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (manic depression), but doctors can use it for other illnesses if they think it may help the patient. Many doctors use atypical antipsychotic medications for dementia symptoms with varying results. Sleepiness is one of the most common side effects.

Problem behavior would be difficult for anyone to handle alone. You may need to consider in-home caregiving help or a good nursing home. You’d still be her caregiver, but you’d be part of a team. With people to help with medication management and aggression issues, you’d be able to focus more on your personal relationship with your love one. Remember that you need to consider your own health as well as your loved one's.

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