Why is it important for people with dementia to take medicine as directed?

Dr. Gary Small, MD
Psychiatrist (Therapist)

Some treatments are designed to help ease symptoms. They don’t cure the disease, but they do help with symptoms temporarily. You’ll see a benefit, but no change in the slope of decline. However, a rapid decline occurs if the medicine is stopped too soon. 

This is an error that families often make. They see their loved one getting a little worse, and assume the medicine isn't working, so they stop the medicine. It important not to do that. Try to keep person on the medicine longer in those situations.

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