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Alzheimer's Disease

Treatment for Alzheimers Disease

09/17/2001

Question:

What is the treatment for Alzheimer`s?

Answer:

Hello and thank you for sending us your question. There are no current treatments available to stop or reverse Alzheimer`s Disease. However, there are several medications available that can best be described as "cognitive enhancers" in that they improve cognition and behavior and delay functional decline. These medications include donepezil (Aricept), rivastigmine (Exelon), and galantamine (Reminyl). Clinical studies have also suggested that antioxidants, such as Vitamin E, may slow the progression of AD. There are also a number of drugs that can be used to treat the depression and anxiety that often accompanies Alzheimer`s disease. In addition, there are many non-drug approaches to managing Alzheimer`s disease such as increased socialization, day-care programs, and family and patient education programs. The good news is that researchers are learning more and more, with many exciting possibilities in the future. Studies underway include a possible vaccination, anti-inflammatory drug treatments, and the development of new types of medications. We suggest that you browse the previous questions on the Netwellness website and the links available to learn more about the clinical management of Alzheimer`s disease. Again, we thank you for writing.

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Response by:

Paula K Ogrocki, PhD Paula K Ogrocki, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University