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Alzheimer's Disease Treatment: Medicine

Overview

There are no medicines to cure Alzheimer’s disease, but certain medicines are commonly prescribed to manage the symptoms. Other medicines are under investigation in clinical trials for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. The treatments outlined here address the various symptoms related to cognitive and daily functioning that impact Alzheimer's patients.

Treatments

Effect of Cholinesterase Inhibitors on Alzheimer's Disease

Cholinesterase inhibitors help enhance memory and other cognitive functions by influencing certain chemical interactions in the brain. The drugs function by slowing the breakdown of acetylcholine,...

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Effect of Glutamate Blockers on Alzheimer's Disease

Memantine (Namenda) is a newer type of medicine that acts by blocking the effects of the chemical glutamate at a specific receptor in the brain (the NMDA receptor). It is thought to decrease...

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Effect of SSRIs on Alzheimer's Disease

Antidepressants are used to treat low mood, depression, anxiety, and irritability. The antidepressants prescribed for Alzheimer’s disease belong to a group of medicines known as selective serotonin...

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Effect of Benzodiazepines on Alzheimer's Disease

Benzodiazepines produce a sedative effect decrease in physical symptoms, such as muscle tension, and often cause drowsiness and lethargy. They can be habit-forming when used long term or in...

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Effect of Antipsychotics on Alzheimer's Disease

Antipsychotic medicines are used for symptoms of agitation, hallucinations, delusions, bizarre behavior, and violent behavior. Antipsychotics usually have a sedating effect on behavior and may not...

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