Following on from my previous post on the Meet and Greet forum (16/8/2011) regarding my Dad taking the medication Memantine things have got further downhill.
Dad is now not getting any sleep at all at night, and is up at least every hour with an urge to go to the toilet. Results back from the doctor have found no problems or infections so it points back to a direct symptom of Parkinson's. I had put on my previous post that this problem of no sleep and urinary dysfunction had increased dramatically since he was prescribed the memantine medication to aid in the symptoms of Dementia he has developed. The side effects of this drug (I and my Mother feel) have got us to this stage, as I cannot accept that he could deteriorate so bad within the space of just two weeks (coincidentally the same two weeks he was taking this medication). We have now withdrawn him from taking this medication as it was not providing any help to the symptoms of dementia but making him more confused.
Unfortunately he has now started to become very very agitated at times and yesterday said he wanted to die and did not want to carry on.
A few hours later he could not recollect saying this. This increased spell of agitation, depression and no hope is getting worse... I just don't know what to do and feel so helpless... especially knowing that my mum is up all night with him..
As I type this my Mum in despair has rung his consultant and based on an appointment with the consultant last week and these further events the consultant is now of the opinion that the issue of Dad wanting the toilet every hour is a result of Compulsive Behaviour? Has anybody else had any experience of this? I am aware of compulsive behaviour, and to date he had no issues of gambling.
Dad's GP has in the meantime prescribed temazepam - but Dad is adamant he is not taking the tablet. When I read the side effects of this drug they seem just as scary. Is it worth the risk and would it be beneficial so he and Mum can get some sleep at night? Thank you for taking the time to read this...I appreciate any comments/suggestions or feedback