Buy me a drink! Notes from a 21 year old caregiver.

As a young adult now legally able to drink, I have spent a bit of time thinking about alcohol. As a caregiver, my curiosity about Alzheimer’s patients and their ability to drink grew. Although we try to promote independence and a high quality of life for our patients, we must remember the risks associated with ‘standard adult behaviors’ that may cause harm for this population. While investigating, I have discovered the following:

  • “In the early stages of AD dementia, a glass of wine a day with a meal may not cause much harm at all.  That is, provided your loved is NOT taking medications that interfere with alcohol and the treating physician is in agreement. “

 

  • “…many individuals with moderate dementia may not remember how much they drank and may inadvertently partake in heavy drinking without even realizing it.”

 

  • Common medications for Alzheimer’s Patients:
    • Donepezil (Aricept) is approved to treat all stages of Alzheimer’s.
      • Alcohol reduces its effects!
    • Rivastigmine (Exelon) is approved to treat mild to moderate Alzheimer’s.
      • Alcohol may increase drowsiness, dizziness, and fainting!
    • Galantamine (Razadyne) is approved to treat mild to moderate Alzheimer’s.
      • Alcohol may increase drowsiness!

 

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Data collected from this post by: Alzheimer’s Universe

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