Feb 20, 2013

Side Effects of Medications Can Mimic Alzheimer's

Linda learned that her mother's doctor was prescribing "Xanax for anti-anxiety – a drug known to cause confusion, memory loss and balance problems among the elderly".

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Side Effects of Medications Can Mimic Alzheimer's | Alzheimer's Reading Room


I just finished reading an excellent article written by Linda Rhodes - Side Effects of Medications Can Mimic Alzheimer's Disease.

In the article Linda describes an urgent call from her mother's health care nurse. The nurse told Linda, "your mom is acting very confused, is having short-term memory problems and had been losing her balance more than usual".  This required Linda to hop on a plane and fly to Phoenix.


The first thing Linda did was review the medications her mother was taking.

Lo and behold, Linda learned that her mother's doctor was prescribing "Xanax for anti-anxiety – a drug known to cause confusion, memory loss and balance problems among the elderly". The doctor weaned the mother off thedrug and lo and her condition improved.

I am going to suggest you take the time to read Linda's article, especially the list of medications at the end of the article.

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