People with Alzheimer’s disease may take medicines to treat the disease itself, mood or behavior changes, and other medical conditions. Some medicines allow people with Alzheimer’s disease to be more comfortable and independent for a longer time. Caregivers can ensure that medicines are taken safely and correctly. Consider these tips to help manage medicines for someone with Alzheimer’s disease:
Know each medicine the person takes. Ask the doctor or pharmacist:
- Why is this medicine being used?
- How much should he or she take each day?
- How long will the person need to take it?
Make sure medicines are taken safely:
- Keep all medications locked up.
- Verify the patient’s name is listed on the prescription.
- Check the drug name, dose, and dosage frequency.
Learn more about managing medicines for a person with Alzheimer’s.
You may also be interested in:
- Reading or ordering a free copy of the Alzheimer’s Disease Medications Fact Sheet
- Learning about common medical problems for people with Alzheimer’s
- Printing a worksheet to help track medications