Why would my mother be prescribed Arresta if her doc says she does not have dementia or Alzheimer's?

1 answer | Last updated: Mar 28, 2016
Shugge asked...

We suspect my mom may have either dementia or Alzheimer's (early stage). Her doctor said she doesn't have either but put her on Arresta anyway. This doesn't seem right to me unless we aren't being told the whole story. Your thoughts?

Expert Answers

Paula Spencer Scott, contributing editor, is the author of Surviving Alzheimer's. A Met Life Foundation Journalists in Aging fellow, she writes extensively about health and caregiving; four of her family members have had dementia.

Your mom's doctor has no incentive not to tell the whole story; have you asked him or her this question directly? If you suspect your mom is beginning to have memory trouble, it's a good idea to obtain a HIPAA release now so that you can discuss her medical records directly with her physicians instead of hearing about her condition secondhand.

I am not aware of any medication called Arresta.

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