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Addicted to zolfish. Having a history of depression. Treatment? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 05-Oct-2013
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Doctor:how can I help you?
User:Hello Dr. This is in regards to my father.
Doctor:Yes, please go ahead
User:Recently we have found that he's addicted to Zolfresh
User:he's not a patient of imsomnia
User:I guess this medicine is advised to those people only.
User:He has a history of depression
User:recently, he was diagnosed with high sugar
User:Today morning his sugar dipped to 40
User:If we ask him about Zolfresh, he denies any intake
User:but always at the noon time, we can figure out that he's under influence of sleep
Doctor:How old is your father?
User:and if we tell him in the evening that you did this or that in the afternoon, he has no clue of it
User:he is 63 years old
User:I just want to know how bad is it for him to take this medicine
User:he takes one on daily basis
Doctor:Since how long have you noticed this kind of memory problems?
User:and also if there is anyway he starts hating that
User:around 5-6 months
Doctor:since how many days has he started taking this medicine?
User:I am not sure but its been really long
User:more than a year at least. I won't be surprised if he was taking this medicine for more than 2 years
Doctor:Zolfresh is a medicine that only induces sleep
User:the side effects are very bad
Doctor:It doesn't prolong the sleep
User:according to some websites
User:does it hamper the sugar level?
Doctor:Yes, there are many side effects but they don't occur to all people
Doctor:it has no effect on sugar levels
User:is there anyway, we can make him leave that medicine
User:he's not insomniac
Doctor:the way to make him leave that tablet is to gradually taper the dosage and consult a psychiatrist to see counsel him
User:you mean decrease the dosage?
Doctor:the dosage has to decreased gradually over a period of weeks to months
User:if somehow he manages to leave the medicine, are there any withdrawal symptoms
Doctor:The most important withdrawal symptom is rebound insomnia
User:Thanks a lot Dr.
Doctor:From your description I feel he needs a complete evaluation by a psychiatrist
Doctor:to rule out memory problems
Doctor:with old age the problems of dementia set in
User:ohh is it!
Doctor:Yes are right. We should consult a psychiatrist
User:Thanks a was really helpful.
Doctor:The other thought that comes to my mind is Alzheimer disease
User:What is this?
Doctor:Alzheimer disease is a degenerative disorder affecting the brain
Doctor:this is also characterized by memory problems, depression
Doctor:So you should consult a neurologist and a psychiatrist to see if he has any of these problems
User:yes sure
Doctor:and after that you can decide if he needs any medicines or can this Zolfresh can be tapered off or not
Doctor:Is there anything else you would like to discuss?
User:No Dr.
User:thanks for the discussion
User:Good night
Doctor:Thank you for chatting with me
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