Aricept / Aricept kills or cause a vegetable state
Does Medicare or Medicaid pay different if Aricept is prescribed? My brother Matthew Rouse has had numerous hospital admissions and we feel it is a result of the use of ariocept. We have requested along with my nephew, Samuel Rouse (power of attorney) that he not be given aroicept or seraquell. Beginning in August, while at Woodhaven care center, he has had two or three admissions to Gateway Regional Hospital for behavior changes, fast heart beat, chest pains, stroke, and high blood pressure. May, June and July, Matthew had none of these problems while being in rehap. It seemed to begin when Woodhaven was to fine a place for discharge. A kind caring person alerted us that he was on aricept and seroquel but would not give a date that it was started. We requested that both be discontinued because the listed side effects were what Matt was experiencing. We thought it had been discontinued but learned when he was committed to Allegany General for violent behavior that he was still on them. Seroquel, I was told was discontinued almost immediately after admission to the psych unit. The ariocept was discontinued later as I requested. Matthew was transferred to Pine Lawn. Except for mild confusion and hard of hearing, Matt was up walking around and talking to me almost daily per phone. The staff at Pine Lawn said Matt was the best patient they had. I was further told he was polite and very considerate. Matt started becoming confused about his clothes. I never associated the incidents with regards to ariocept because we thought he was off ariocept. Matt was admitted to Mercy ICU with seizure activity. Matt was returned to Pine Lawn, but was once again readmitted with chest pain and seizure activity. His doctor called me as instructed by my nephew for Matt's history. The doctor felt that his depacote dose was not high enough but was puzzled with Matt not loosing consciousness with extreme leg tremors. My nephew Samuel Rouse found out Matt was again on Ariocept at Sky View Nursing Home. I have complained and reported this to the Dept.of Public Health back in September. The department of health report contradicted itself by saying the ariocept was started when Matt was admitted to Regional General from August 18-22, 2007. The department of health then said; your brother was admitted to Woodhaven Care Center with slight hearing impairment and did not experience any difficulty swallowing until after his stroke on August 3rd, 2007. We were unable to confirm that the Aricept or Seroquel contributed to or caused these problems.
I am hoping the cost you are paying will negate an investigation before aricept kills him or cause him a vegetable state. I am convinced that hospitalizations will continue as long as Matt is on Aricept. I feel so helpless that I can not come to Pittsburgh to obtain medical power of attorney, although Matt and Samuel have told them to give me any information that I request. (My husband is experiencing a nutrapenia episode with his leukemia). Thank -you for anything that you do and for allowing me write my complaint.