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A study for a 89-year old woman who takes Aricept, Zoloft

Summary: 281 female patients aged 89 (±5) who take the same drugs are studied.

This is a personalized study for a 89 year old female patient who has Dementia, Depression - Elderly. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports from FDA and social media.





What are the drugs

Aricept has active ingredients of donepezil hydrochloride. It is often used in alzheimer's disease. (latest outcomes from 15,467 Aricept users)

Zoloft has active ingredients of sertraline hydrochloride. It is often used in depression. (latest outcomes from 78,365 Zoloft users)

What are the conditions

Dementia (madness) can be treated by Aricept, Namenda, Seroquel, Donepezil, Exelon, Donepezil Hydrochloride. (latest reports from 12,434 Dementia patients)

Depression - elderly can be treated by Lexapro, Zoloft, Citalopram Hydrobromide, Celexa, Cymbalta, Mirtazapine. (latest reports from 479 Depression - Elderly patients)

What is the symptom

Hallucinations (sensations that appear real but are created by your mind) has been reported by people with depression, pain, parkinson's disease, quit smoking, high blood pressure. (latest reports from 24,286 Hallucinations patients)

On Feb, 22, 2015: 281 females aged 83 (±5) who take Aricept, Zoloft are studied

Aricept, Zoloft outcomes

Information of the patient in this study:

Age: 83

Gender: female

Conditions: Dementia, Depression - Elderly

Drugs taking:
- Aricept (donepezil hydrochloride): used for < 1 month
- Zoloft (sertraline hydrochloride): used for 1 - 6 months

Drug interactions have: moderate hallucinations

eHealthMe real world results:

Comparison with this patient's adverse outcomes:

InteractionNumber of reports on eHealthMe
Hallucinations 0 (0.00% of females aged 83 (±5) who take the drugs)

(as an adverse outcome could be a symptom of a condition, additional studies are listed to help identify the cause: for example, regardless of which drug is taken, how many female HBP patients aged 50 (±5) have nausea)

Symptom (click a symptom for in-depth analysis)Number of reports on eHealthMe
Hallucinations in Dementia37 (2.72% of females aged 83 (±5) who have Dementia)
Hallucinations in Depression - Elderly0 (0.00% of females aged 83 (±5) who have Depression - elderly)

(as an adverse outcome could be a side effect of a drug, additional studies are listed to help identify the cause: for example, how many female Aspirin users aged 50 (±5) have nausea)

Side effect (click a side effect for in-depth analysis)Number of reports on eHealthMe
Hallucinations in Aricept60 (1.50% of females aged 83 (±5) who take Aricept)
Hallucinations in Zoloft37 (1.40% of females aged 83 (±5) who take Zoloft)

Drug effectiveness over time :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ yearsnot specified
Aricept is effective0.00%
(0 of 1 people)
(0 of 3 people)
(1 of 1 people)
Zoloft is effectiven/a0.00%
(0 of 1 people)
(1 of 2 people)
(0 of 1 people)
(1 of 1 people)

Most common drug interactions over time * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ yearsnot specified
DiarrhoeaRespiratory Distress (difficulty in breathing)Femoral Neck Fracture (neck of femur bone fracture)Arthritis (form of joint disorder that involves inflammation of one or more joints)Hypernatraemia (an abnormally high plasma concentration of sodium ions)n/an/aDepressed Level Of Consciousness
Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)General Physical Health Deterioration (weak health status)Anaemia (lack of blood)Short-term Memory LossFallConfusional State
Headache (pain in head)Depressed Level Of ConsciousnessHallucination (an experience involving the perception of something not present)DizzinessConfusional StateFall
Atrial Fibrillation (fibrillation of the muscles of the atria of the heart)Hepatitis Fulminant (life-threatening condition defined by significantly impaired liver function)Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Disorientation (disability in which the senses of time, direction, and recognition of people and places)Confusion
Sinus Bradycardia (an unusually slow heartbeat due to heart disease)Pneumonia Aspiration (bronchopneumonia that develops due to the entrance of foreign materials into the bronchial tree)Psychomotor Retardation (motor mental retardation)Malnutrition (condition that results from eating a diet in which certain nutrients are lacking)Sedation
Supraventricular Extrasystoles (premature electrical impulse in the heart, generated above the level of the ventricle)Hepatomegaly (abnormal enlargement of the liver)High Blood PressureHypothyroidism (abnormally low activity of the thyroid gland, resulting in retardation of growth and mental development)Dehydration (dryness resulting from the removal of water)
Malaise (a feeling of general discomfort or uneasiness)Renal Failure Acute (rapid kidney dysfunction)Runny Nose (discharge from nose)Psychomotor Retardation (motor mental retardation)Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
Atrial Tachycardia (rhythm disturbance that arises in the atria)Ammonia IncreasedBlood Creatinine IncreasedHydrocephalus (water on the brain)Dysphagia (condition in which swallowing is difficult or painful)
Renal Failure (kidney dysfunction)Delirium (wild excitement)Lower Leg PainMemory ImpairmentSpeech Disorder Nec
Blood Glucose DecreasedAsthmaInsomnia Related To Another Mental Condition (sleeplessness related to another mental condition)General Physical Health Deterioration (weak health status)Liver Function Tests Nos Abnormal

* Some reports may have incomplete information.

How to use the study: print a copy of the study and bring it to your health teams to ensure drug risks and benefits are fully discussed and understood.

You can also:

You are not alone! Join a related mobile support group:
- support group for people who take Aricept and have Hallucinations
- support group for people who take Zoloft and have Hallucinations
- support group for people who have Hallucinations and Depression - Elderly
- support group for people who have Dementia
- support group for people who have Depression - Elderly
- support group for people who take Aricept
- support group for people who take Zoloft

Recent conversations of related support groups:

Can you answer these questions (Ask a question):

  • My mom is 88. she takes lexapro in the evening. she wakes up hallucinating. it's starting to get to her. what should i try for her?
    My mom has been taking Lexapro for about 2 1/2 to 3 months. She was taking it in the morning and her therapist felt it was making her drowsy. I began giving it to her before bed, and I believe that is when she started waking up during the night with hallucinations. I'm not sure if they are vivid dreams that carry over when she awakens, or if she wakes up and sees visions. I do not want to change her meds, if possible. This combination of Aricept, Namenda and Lexapro have allowed her to be sharper mentally than she has in a number of years. Except for the hallucinations, it's been nothing short of amazing. Please help. Thank you
  • Is coughing and gagging associated with hiatal hernia
    Coughing, gagging and extreme diarrhea have been evident since the introduction of warfarin/coumadin. Could these symptoms be caused by this bolld thinner?
  • Will ataxia symptoms disappear once zoloft is stopped
    85 year old mom was given zoloft 4 weeks after hip replacement due to a fall. Prior to zoloft she was recovering great. Since zoloft her weakness has steadily gotten worst to now not being able to walk. Ataxia symptoms. Dr wants to wean off zoloft. My concern will the weakness go away and will she be able to rehab back to being able walk.
  • Normal pressure hydrocephalus & metoclopramide (1 answer)
    My Mom while recovering from a hip fracture in a rehab center was given Metoclopramide for 2 days when she suddenly (about 2-3 hours after her dose of metoclopramide at lunch time) became completely disoriented,lethargic and could not speak. She could barely swallow, and could not drink liquids even using a straw. Her legs/feet kept twitching and she kept raising her arms above her and repeatedly wiped her mouth every few minutes for more than an hour. I insisted that she be transported to the hospital. The E.R. staff ruled out stroke, and the next day an MRI was negative for stroke. I am wondering if the metoclopramide is at the root of her problem. She can speak slowly but her words are gibberish. Does this sound like a reaction to metoclopramide?
  • Is donepezil a "safe" drug for people with atrial-fib to take?
    I was diagnosed with Atrial-Fib in 2006, soon after my husband died. I have no problems with it and my blood pressure is always normal. I am 89 years old and have been told that I look MUCH younger. I am very active- love dancing, which

    I am still able to do. My problem is that recently I found out that I have trouble remembering names; it bothered me, so I was tested by a psychologist, who gave results to my primary doctor who then prescribed DONEPEZIL for me to take. I went through almost every single side affect and, after three months of taking the drug, I am tolerable of it. But- it "scares" me- I wonder what it is doing to my brain. I am a well-educated person: have a degree in Health,

    Phys Ed, & Recreation from NYU (1946) and a Masters in Special Ed from a Teachers' College in CT. Taught elementary school for 30 years- also ran my

    Dancing School for 5 years. My question is: isn't it "normal" to have some

    memory loss at my age? MY atrial-fib has been in complete control, so far, and

    I do not want any new medication to "rock the boat", so to speak. Is DONEPEZIL dangerous for me to take?

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Comments from related studies:

  • From this study (1 year ago):

  • donepezil HCl
    sertraline HCl


  • From this study (2 years ago):

  • fet sick from pravastatin
    black stools
    took aricept and doctor and guardian put me in memorory loss care facility cause I would not take the medication because make me sick it is poison me
    i have 2d grade achool from poland an can't read or write good
    I feel like they are killing me with drugs


  • From this study (2 years ago):

  • Have feelings similar to hangover.. Sometimes short lived other times all day. Tiredness and malaise.


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