Donepezil is a KEY medication used for Alzheimer's disease. It does NOT cure the disease, but it may improve memory, cognition, and an individual’s ability to perform ADLs.
Amitriptyline is a Tricyclic Antidepressant. "Amy tripped over a tricycle in the desert". Desert helps you remember anticholinergic side effects (urinary retention, constipation, dry mouth, blurry vision, photophobia, tachycardia)
If your patient has a halo traction device in place, make sure wrench/screwdriver are attached to the vest to release patient from the device in the event of an emergency.
MAOIs are used to treat depression.
Important points about MAOIs: They interact with MANY other medications. Eating foods rich in tyramine can cause a hypertensive crisis. Foods rich in tyramine include aged cheese, avocados, bananas, red wine, salami/pepperoni, chocolate.
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