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.