Alabama Department of Senior Services
A RESOURCE FOR ALABAMA SENIORS WITH MEMORY LOSS AND THEIR CARE GIVERS
Medication and Dementia
Individuals with dementia and their caregivers should become familiar with both prescribed and non-prescribed medications being taken. Becoming familiar with common side effects of medication, and how medications can negatively interact is important.
Keeping a list of all drugs taken, whether prescribed or over-the-counter, can be helpful in managing medication. Writing down the drug name, the amount of drug taken, and how often the drug is taken is important. Your pharmacist can create this list for you if you need assistance.
When medication is prescribed, ask the healthcare provider or pharmacist about side effects and drug interactions, and when you should contact them if an unexpected reaction is noticed. Make sure you add newly prescribed drugs to your medication list, and remove drugs that are no longer being prescribed or taken.