What causes agitation and inappropriate sexual behavior while having dementia?
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I read your question carefully and I understand your concern.
Agitation and inappropriate behavior are a common problem with dementia. I am not sure Ativan is the appropriate choice for that, in old age it is often not effective and increases confusion.
Of course, there is no perfect drug for it, all medications acting on central nervous system have potential for side effects. However to control those symptoms the most effective medication are antipsychotics, I would use Quetiapine, starting with the lowest dosage of 12.5 mg and if not enough may be slowly increased.
I remain at your disposal for other questions.
Xanax (Alprazolam) is in the same group as Ativan (Lorazepam), both benzodiazepines, so does not offer any significant benefit compared to Ativan I am afraid.
Let me know if I can further assist you.
As I said before while I understand the neurologists there thinking that Ativan is perhaps safer for short term use, I do not think it to be the most effective for agitation and psychosis in dementia. I am afraid though that it is hard for me to suggest how to be able to reach the neurologist at XXXXXXX With me exercising in Europe we have completely different health system organization.
I would suggest you contact your primary physician instead. He can prescribe Quetiapine instead of the neurologist. Perhaps he can contact the neurologist through the contact details in the discharge papers (although again I am not sure how the system is organized there).
I hope to have been of help.