I am not a doctor. But from what I researched in the web, Aricept is similar to Namenda. So your father does not need aricept. My father-in-law tried aricept and he stopped eating becuase of it. So he tried namenda and it worked. The doctor added exelon 3 months later to make it more effective. Aricept and namenda are similar. Namenda and exelon are a pair of drugs that brings maxmimun effect. My FIL is taking both namenda and exelon, just like your Dad. These drugs work wonders for my FIL. They both have different functions. You can search the websites and find out what each drug does.
Actually for your husband, you should ask his doctor to make sure what drugs are the best for him. The info. below is about the details for these drugs:
"In general, Reminyl, Exelon and Aricept are most effective when treatment is begun in the early stages. Namenda is the only drug shown to be effective for the later stages of the disease. They have all been shown to modestly slow the progression of cognitive symptoms and reduce problematic behaviors in some people, but at least half of the people who take these drugs do not respond to them. While the overall "treatment effect" of these medications is modest, studies show that when they do work, they can make a significant difference in a person's quality of life and day-to-day functioning ("activities of daily living"). The drugs have different side effects. Some are taken once a day (Aricept), others twice a day (Exelon, Reminyl and Namenda)."
Hope this helps.
I don't the answer to that Bonnie but I do have a question.
When your husband started taking these two together did you notice a difference in his strength? did he seem weak and tired? We are trying to figure out why my mother in law is so weak now after taking this medicine. She has been on the meds for approx. 5 weeks and we have noticed a change in her strength and alertness.
I have been researching alzheimer's because a friend of mine has be recently diagnosed with this horrible disease! From what I have been reading, Aricept and Exelon work differently. Aricept prevents the breakdown of acetylcholine in the brain and Exelon increase the amount of acetylcholine in the brain. So it would seem to be that it may be possible for the Aricept and Exelon to be used together but it would take a doctor to tell us this for sure.
HOWEVER, MY FRIEND HAS BEEN ON THE EXELON PATCH FOR 2 WEEKS AND SHE SEEMS TO BE GETTING WORSE! (Depression, more frequent bouts of forgetfulness, bad attitude and possibly loss of appetite) What can anybody else tell me about this. Thank you.
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