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For almost one year now, I am suffering from dementia. It has really become a nightmare for me now. I have gone through almost all the possible treatments that I could. For last one year, I am regularly taking all the medicines that the doctor had prescri

Why is it taking to much time for me to recover from dementia disease?

For almost one year now, I am suffering from dementia. It has really become a nightmare for me now. I have gone through almost all the possible treatments that I could. For last one year, I am regularly taking all the medicines that the doctor had prescribed me like donepezil, fluoxetine, haloperidol, valproic acid. My family members are also taking care of me very well. Initially, the doctor told me that it will hardly take 2 to 3 months for recovering from this disease. But till date, I have not got any success or even any sign of improvement on this dementia disease. So, now I want to ask from you people that, what more I need to do? Please help me on this?

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  • Judso Heath

    I understand your concern. It really gets frustrating when no improvement is seen even after taking the medications. I would like to mention here that dementia is not a specific disease. It shows a combination of a collection of symptoms which is a result of a number of disorders that affect the brain. You might be suffering from the inability to solve problems and maintaining emotional balance. Memory loss is a common symptom of dementia. It is known that the pharmacological therapies are not particularly effective for the management of neuropsychiatric symptoms of dementia. You must know that except for the cholinesterase inhibitors, there are no other medications which are approved by the US FDA for dementia. These psychotropic medications are often used to treat secondary symptoms of AD such as depression, agitation, and sleep disorders. The efficacy of psychotropic drugs have demonstrated limited efficacy. Other medications have been used to treat AD include antioxidants vitamin E, hormones (conjugated estrogens), non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and Ginkgo biloba. These drugs are also prone to side effects including bradycardia and syncope. As you have not seen any kind of improvement with such medications, hospitalization should be considered for unstable medical condition. But, these should be considered only after proper doctor’s recommendation as it may complicate the treatment. There are newer anticholinergic medications with lesser probability of such side effects. But, don’t forget to take doctors recommendation for the same.