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A 46-year-old member asked:

what are some drugs for alzheimer's disease?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Several available: But, at best, these possess modest benefits. The classics include aricept, Exelon pill and patch, galantamine, (galantamine hydrobromide) Namenda ir and er, and a couple medical foods, axona and cerefolin-nac. A neurologist can help design a program, but evidence strongly suggests better outcome from combinations of the above.

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A 26-year-old female asked:

When do Alzheimer's disease for a person needs treatment medically?Does drugs affect significantly?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
As soon as possible: Finding a knowledgable physician as soon as the diagnosis is made is very important. There are treatments and information one needs as soon as possible.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What experimental treatments are there for alzheimer's disease?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Several : Much research is focused on the "amyloid plaque", and includes the vaccine approach, a new monoclonal antibody, bapineuzamab, and immune globulin. A variety of medical foods have come onto the market and can supplement current basic meds. Adjunctive treatment with axona, and cerefolin-nac may be useful.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What medication is used as treatment for Alzheimer's disease?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Several: Early on, a medical food such as axona or cerefolin-nac may be useful. Later on, donepezil, rivastigmine, or galantamine (galantamine hydrobromide) can help. Memantine especially in combination with one of the acetylcholinesterase inhibitors seems very helpful. Current meds are only modestly successful, and we hope to see newer agents soon, such as bapineuzamab, and even ivig.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What's the neurological background of Alzheimer's disease?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Not clear: We do know the disease is primarily associated with aging, and seems to be a problem with misfolded proteins, as amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles seem associated with brain damage and correlate with progressive loss of cognitive function. There are some genetic correlations in many cases. Head trauma can also precede.
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A 32-year-old male asked:

What are some of the non-drug treatments for Alzheimer's disease?

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
The non drug treatments for Alzheimer's disease include:: Behavior modification, Supportive care, Exercising Your Brain, Word puzzles, Elder care, Adult day care services.

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