Medication Questions Caregivers of Someone with Alzheimer’s Should Ask

A person with Alzheimer’s disease may need to take various medications for a number of reasons. Medication can be used to manage behavior changes or for many other conditions. As a caregiver, it is important to know the name and side effects of each medicine that your loved one is taking. If you have questions about a medicine, be sure to look at the medical information sheets provided with each medication and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Below are some questions to keep in mind about medications:

  • Why is this medicine being used?
  • What positive effects should I look for, and when?
  • How long will the person need to take it?
  • How much should he or she take each day?
  • When does the person need to take the medicine?
  • What are the side effects?
  • Can the medicine be crushed and mixed into foods such as applesauce?
  • Can I get the medicine in a liquid form?
  • Can this medicine cause problems if taken with other medicines?

For more information about managing medications for someone with Alzheimer’s visit http://nihseniorhealth.gov/alzheimerscare/medications/01.html.

(Source: NihSeniorhealth.gov)

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