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Suggest treatment for difficulty sleeping suffering from Alzhiemer's

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Posted on Thu, 20 Mar 2014
Question: Hello. I have recently moved home to care for my father with Alzhiemer's. Have extreme difficulty sleeping. Am interested in obtaining Ambien or other prescription type sleep aide
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Answered by Dr. Praveen (3 hours later)
Brief Answer: Ambien is a good choice in absence of depression Detailed Answer: Hi.Thanks for writing on HCM. People with Alzheimer's disease(AD) commonly experience changes in sleep pattern like difficulty sleeping which includes - waking up more often, staying awake for a long time during night, many a times yelling- disturbing the caregivers sleep. Have you been watching such signs? In case of difficulty sleeping I would check for depression which is commonly associated with AD. If depression is present then I prefer starting on antidepressants like Nortriptyline/olanzapine. In the absence of depression Ambien is a good choice to enhance sleep improves memory.Starting dose is 5mg and has to be taken at once per night and before bedtime.
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Suggest treatment for difficulty sleeping suffering from Alzhiemer's

Brief Answer: Ambien is a good choice in absence of depression Detailed Answer: Hi.Thanks for writing on HCM. People with Alzheimer's disease(AD) commonly experience changes in sleep pattern like difficulty sleeping which includes - waking up more often, staying awake for a long time during night, many a times yelling- disturbing the caregivers sleep. Have you been watching such signs? In case of difficulty sleeping I would check for depression which is commonly associated with AD. If depression is present then I prefer starting on antidepressants like Nortriptyline/olanzapine. In the absence of depression Ambien is a good choice to enhance sleep improves memory.Starting dose is 5mg and has to be taken at once per night and before bedtime.