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ellenr22

My step-mother has dementia

very difficult situation for my father, who is 90! and the prime caretaker. Altho the children of both of them help.

I just found out that her doctor has her on Risperdal due to some belligerent episodes. Risperdal is banned by the FDA and the manufacturer to be given to the elderly with dementia because it doubles the risk for early death. In fact they sent a letter out to doctors telling them not to prescribe Risperdal for this population.

So I am between telling this to my father, and not having any alternative to offer. I am going to talk to the doctor and ask her if she informed my father of the risks. If he was informed, then I am out of any decision-making or second guessing, as he is the one who must make the decision.

Any one in a similar situation?

ellen

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