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Medication Therapy for Alzheimers Disease

No treatment has been found to stop Alzheimer's Disease (AD). The USDA has approved four drugs to treat AD.

Donepezil and Rivastigmine treatments may help people with mild or moderate Alzheimer's disease maintain cognitive (thinking) abilities and control certain behavior symptoms for a few months or a few years.

Donepezil can also be used to treat severe AD. Another drug, Memantine, is used to treat moderate to severe AD.

None of these stop or reverse the progression of AD. However they may help maintain thinking, memory and speaking skills for a period of time. Other medications may also help with behavioral symptoms such as sleeplessness, agitation, wandering, anger and depression.

Drugs used to treat Alzheimer's Disease

Drugs used to treat Alzheimer's, send messages between neurons in the brain. Also, inflammation may play a role in AD.

Researchers continue to study how nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may help slow the advance of the disease.

There may also be a connection between AD and blood vessel diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Drugs for these conditions are being tested to find out if they also can improve memory or thinking skills in people with AD or mild cognitive (thinking) problems.

The Alzheimer's Disease Education & Referral Center provides detailed information about specific drug treatments and how they work.

Doctors usually prescribe the following treatments for Layton Center patients. If you have a prescription for one of these, here are instructions on how to use the medication.

Clinical Trials

People who want to help doctors test possible treatments may qualify to take part in clinical trials. These research studies test the safety, side effects or effectiveness of medications or other treatments in humans.

The Layton Center usually has several clinical trials