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Alzheimer`s Disease/Anti Psychotic Drug Quatiapine

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Respected Sir,
         My 92 year old father is suffering from Alzheimer's/ Dementia.He is taking Quetiapine for relief from hallucinations , delusions, and ease agitation.But the  patient is suffering stiffness in hands/legs and muscle stiffness.Probably the medicine has got some extra pyramidal effects which is causing this type of pseudo parkinsion problem.If we stop Quetiapine his restlessness increases.How long this can be taken,as we apprehend bending of knees etc in future.Although this a (SGA)second generation antipsychotic drug,whther a second alternative better medicine is there to take of his problems with MINIMISED side effect

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Hello Kalyan,

  I am so sorry your father suffers from Dementia.  Although I am not a doctor....I have seen very little effect from Seroquel with Dementia.   In fact, like your father's case, I have seen more harm than good.  I would suggest Buspar ...but, please check with his physician as to the appropriateness of this....it is a horrible disease and one that is unique to each individual.

With Best Regards,

Michalene Peticca, MA

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Michalene Peticca

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I'd be happy to help with any questions about Alzheimer's or Dementia diseases. I can also help with Medicare, Long term care & other insurance questions.

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I have my Masters degree in Geriatrics and am credentialed through the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Pennstate Milton Hershey hospital and the American Geriatrics Society. I've been in healthcare for over 20 years and worked directly with Alzheimer's and Dementia individuals for most of that time. I am also a licensed insurance agent in PA and MD. Currently i train healthcare professionals to care for Alzheimer and Dementia individuals and i have been a care manager for guardianship services in PA

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American Geriatrics Society

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Masters degree in Geriatrics Licensed insurance agent in PA & MD.

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PHI Homes in Pennsylvania York, Dauphin & Adams County Area on Aging The Jewish Home of Harrisburg

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