Please tell the prescribing person that the 79-year-old seems to you to have memory loss and then also ask why this medication is being given as a sleep aid as the drug you mention is an anti-depressant. Or is the person depressed as well? The memory loss may be totally unrelated and it needs to be reported and looked into. If you can; get a second opinion about the medications and the memory loss.
In my opinion, too many older persons are given anti-depressants when they are not depressed. And also many older persons are on too many medications that do not mix with each other. [Please read this: http://cli.gs/Wr5W4Q]
Thanks for responding. I agree with you about prescriptions for the elders and that's why I'm suspicious or skeptical. At first, I had advised her not to take, but gave in because she did need to sleep better. Prescribed solely for sleep--no depression diagnosis whatsoever and has never suffered from any clinical depression. The web says this drug can be prescribed in low dose for its drowsiness effect.
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