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Dear Carol: My mom has late stage Alzheimer’s disease. Her doctor took her off the medications for slowing AD in June, then prescribed Ativan for anxiety. At first we saw some improvement in her behavior, but it didn’t last long, so he added the antipsychotic medication Haldol. Haldol made Mom drugged and sleepy, but worse, it caused hallucinations when she was awake. The doctor’s answer to that problem was to increase the dosage. She then could no longer walk, talk or swallow. She also developed a urinary tract infection and was hospitalized.

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