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is it good to give an elderly person seroquil?

my mother lives in a nursing home.the doctor (psych) wants to start her on seroquil low dose at bedtime, she has some dementia and also other bp and cardiac meds. dr sts this med will help her sleep at night and sharpen up her mind alittle.She also has only one functioning kidney,and diabetic. I am concerned that this drug will make her more foggy and more sleepy then she already is .

Asked By: - 9/7/2010
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Quetiapine (pronounced /kwɨˈtaɪ.əpiːn/ kwi-TYE-ə-peen), marketed by AstraZeneca as Seroquel and is taken fo a variety of other purposes, including insomnia and anxiety disorders... More
Answered By: DeeJay - 9/8/2010
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You are wise to be concerned. This drug is known to increase the chances of developing diabetes and she already has it. I'm wondering if it might make it worse. There have been some problems with it but that does not mean it is a mistake to try it, depending on the severity of her symptoms. Sometimes choices have... More
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Answered By: CJ - 9/7/2010
 
What does your mother's regular doctor have to say about this... More
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Answered By: rmbrruffian - 9/7/2010
 
I do not think in her case it would be wise to give her that. Sometimes it affects a person adversely. I know. I take one medication for sleep, but it took a long time to find one I could take without it affecting me in a way that I climbed up the walls instead of sleeping.
Answered By: mswnana - 9/7/2010
 
It would be wise if you made an appointment to go in & speak with your mother's regular doctor. You can't be too cautious, due to the health problems your mom already has.
Answered By: Shortstuff13 - 9/7/2010
 
From what you say, I'm not quite clear on what the arrangement is here, but it sounds like the psych doctor may have a conflict of interest and could be wanting to drug your mom for the convenience of other nursing home residents and therefore for him/herself. Doctors make altogether too many mistakes out of their... More
Answered By: A STAUNCH Character - 9/7/2010
 
The majority of the elderly patients that I care for are on Seroquel,either a low dose(50mg) or as much as 400mg.Initially they do experience some sleepiness but eventually they adjust and it helps with dementia and other behaviours.
Answered By: Lori - 9/8/2010
 
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