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Carers UK Forum • memantine
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memantine

Posted: Sun Sep 30, 2018 9:13 pm
by jane_17121234567
hi,everyone ,my 86 year old mum has just started on memantine for mixed dementia.only been on it for 2 weeks 5mg dose,just changing to 10mg.any good or bad reports on this drug.we are trying it to help with anxiety.mum cannot walk due to arthritis and when i have to take her for hospital appointments it is a complete nightmare .she panics in the transport .we are waiting for a cataract operation ,but i dont even know if i will be able to get her there.sometimes i wonder if it is worth taking her or not ,due to the sress of it all.any comments gratefully received .jane

Re: memantine

Posted: Sun Sep 30, 2018 9:56 pm
by Henrietta
Hi Jane
Have you asked for professional advice re cataract surgery? I know my own father had cataracts in his last 2 or 3 years but he wasn't recommended for surgery. I guess a lot depends on life expectancy which can be so hard to predict but I would imagine it may be hard for someone with dementia to cope with, anxiety beforehand and caring for eyes post op. It can take a number of years for cataracts to cause severe visual impairment sometimes so that is another factor- how much discomfort and trouble are they causing?

Re: memantine

Posted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:50 am
by jenny lucas
My MIL with dementia was anxious, so she was put on a daily low-dose of diazepam to 'soothe' her. The only drawback is it can make you wobbly! (It's a relaxant, so relaxes muscles as well as the anxious mind).

Re eye ops - my MIL needed one on one eye, and afterwards kept on taking the bandage off incessantly. She didn't know what it was for, and didn't like it. Be warned!