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Dear Carol: I read your column about older people and medicines so I wanted to write. My husband has had multiple health problems during his life so he's been on a lot of medicine. Six years ago, he developed symptoms from Alzheimer’s and has also been on drugs that were supposed to help slow down the progress of the disease. These medicines seemed to help in the beginning, but after a while, they seemed to stop working. Recently, the heart doctor eliminated my husband’s cholesterol drug and his general physician took him off several others. What did the most good, though, was when the Alzheimer’s specialist took him off of his dementia medicine. The doctor explained that these drugs can help some people early on

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