Does your dad look listless or not quite himself lately? Does he seem to have sudden bursts of anger that just do not line up with his typical easy-going personality? Has he visited the doctor recently and been prescribed a new medication? Watch out, he may be suffering from the adverse side effects! Many pills run the risk of a variety of negative effects. They could lead to physical problems such as those affecting the liver or heart, or emotional disturbance and depression.
If your Dad has sudden spells of sadness, despair, anxiety or discouragement without any apparent reason, his medicine might be to blame. Both excessive medication and the wrong mixture of drugs can be responsible for anger or mood swings. At Home Instead Hamilton, we offer support to the elderly in many ways. Our senior care services include educating you about the side effects of prescription drugs and providing assistance when needed.
For every illness and ailment, there is a litany of prescriptions that can be taken. Understanding the drugs that cause depression or mania is one step in helping your dad, mom, or any senior family member who seems to be affected by them. Here are some drug groups to be aware of:
There are several illnesses that can create mood swings and depression too. For example, if your aunt is diabetic and goes without eating too long, she may become hypoglycemic, or suffer from low blood sugar. At first, she may appear a little grumpy and then suddenly crave a sugary drink or snack. If Dad ever suffered a stroke, his brain may have been affected, resulting in unexpected bursts of anger when you least expect it.
It is common for medicines and illnesses to cause mood swings in your senior loved one. Before taking any drastic measures, encourage your aging parent to speak with their doctor. At Home Instead Senior Care Hamilton, we provide compassionate caregivers who can offer elder care to assist your family member by managing medicines and tracking mood swings.
Call us at (905) 521-5500 to schedule a no-obligation in-home care consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality home care we deliver each day to families in the Hamilton area.