What Are the Common Drugs for Dementia?

Q:
What are the common drugs for dementia?

A:
Dementia is a general term that describes a wide range of symptoms including a decline in memory or other thinking skills. This decline is severe enough to make you less able to perform everyday activities.

In fact, there is no known cure for any type of dementia. Also, medications can’t prevent the condition or reverse the brain damage. However, some drugs can help ease the symptoms.

The following are some common choices of these drugs:

Cholinesterase inhibitors– aid in memory and judgment

  • Donepezil (Aricept)
  • Galantamine (Razadyne)
  • Rivastigmine (Exelon)

Memantine– delay increasing cognitive and behavioral symptoms

The effect of a drug varies by the types of the drug and different conditions of the patient. For all of these drugs, however, the effectiveness tends to go down over time.

Finally, if you or a loved one has dementia, talk to your doctor about all of your treatment options and find the best one.

 

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