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    aricept and namenda
    aries19561956 posted:
    my mother was diagnosed with dementia almost 2 years ago and in the last 6 months she has gotten worse,so much so that they have put her on aricept and namenda. she is still living by herself and does pretty good except she cannot remember to take her night medicine which happens to be her namenda and lately she has become very depressed. we have someone who sees that she takes her medicince in the morning which includes the aricept. does anyone know if aricept and namenda can be taken at the same time or does one have to be taken in the morning and one at night? I would appreciate any feedback anyone could give me. thanks, Debbie
    CaregiverforMom responded:
    Check with your doctor. My mother did not respond well to the Azlheimer's drugs until she was on a prescription antidepressant as well. We were told that she should take the Aricept in the evening because it causes brain cells to fire more efficiently and will cause dreaming and sometimes a kind of "awake dreaming" if taken in the day time, especially when treatment is first initiated. Namenda is usually given two times a day, morning and evening, at least that's the way the doctor prescribed it for my mother.

    I urge you to find someone to administer your mother's night meds. If she was diagnosed two years ago you definitely should not be expecting her to self-administer medication. I made the same mistake with my mother. She was so ashamed to be confused about this important issue that she hid her medicine from me. Bless her heart, I made so many errors. She's five years down the road from her diagnosis now and is holding her own. She lives with me now and is self-sufficient in that she takes care of personal hygeine and occupies herself with reading and music throughout the day.

    Your mother will lose the ability to cook for herself; this is one of the first skills my mother lost. Adequate nutrition should be provided for her, she should not be expected to provide this for herself. And you might consider adding a multivitamin to your mom's meds.

    You can read about my caregiving adventures at

    Do not take any of my advice without first checking with your mother's doctor. Finding a supportive medical professional is key in the treatment of dementia. Please please do not expect your mother to continue to be able to be independent. It is so frightening for someone with dementia to be in that confusing place where she knows something is expected of her but she doesn't remember what that "something" is. It is quite frightening. Your mom needs someone to say, "I'm here to help you," and "Let me do that for you." I hope you are able to provide her that peace. With adequate medication and secure living circumstances your mother may very well be able to hold her own without much deterioration for a period of years.
    jamicam responded:
    My dad with alz. was prescribed by a neurologist at UCLA 10mg of Namenda in AM and 10 mg in PM. Plus 10 mg aricept in Pm . Yes they can be taken together. He said thats the best available . My dad also takes takes a mild anti- depressant as a preventative. He's a happy guy and likes people so it works well for him to live in assisted living, which I highly recommend. Hope this helps , Jamie

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