U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 36-year-old member asked:

please let me know if there is any drug for people who have alzheimer?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 34 years experience
Yes: There are 2 classes of meds used for ad. Cholinesterase inhibitors(donepizil, galantamine, (galantamine hydrobromide) rivastigmine) help boost the level of acetylcholine in the neuronal cleft- this chemical is known to be important for memory and learning. Nmda antagonist memantine helps the neuron to fire more normally and may have a protective effect as well. They are often used together.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month

Similar questions

A 21-year-old member asked:

Am I getting alzheimers disease?

3 doctor answers15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Lisa Catapano-Friedman
A Verified Doctor answered
A US doctor answered Learn more
Need a lot more info: To even start to give you an answer, i would need to know a lot more about you: your age, medical conditions, why you think you might be getting alzheimer's. And that's just to start. To actually make the diagnosis requires a thorough work-up including, at least, a good history, a brain scan, comprehensive psychometric testing, lab work, and a physical exam. And there's even more possibly.
Dr. JUDY WASHINGTON
Family Medicine 38 years experience
I agree. A diagnosis is made by excluding all other causes such as thyroid disorders, vitamin deficiencies and depression. Age is a key factor.
Jan 25, 2012
A 18-year-old member asked:

Are there stages in alzheimer?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
Yes: http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_stages_early alzheimer's shows forgetfulness which turns worst nd worst with time, and other symptoms but preserve language or speech, the symptoms get worst, they get paranoid, they may get aggressive at timeslate alzheimer's is characterized for complete dependence of activities of daily living, speech is abnormal ( garbled)and pt may end up being bedbound.
A 28-year-old member asked:

What is alzeimer

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Douglas Fronzaglia ii, do, ms
Geriatrics 21 years experience
Dementia: Alzheimer's disease is a type of dementia that causes short term memories from being stored. One of the classic features of this disease is the recall of distant memories but little to no recall of recent events.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to have alzhemers at the age of 62?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Yes: Unfortunately alzheimers can occur even in the 50s.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Can aging cause alzeimer's?

3 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
Neurology 58 years experience
YES: The incidence of ad increases with age and may reach very high levels in old age (40% at 85? ).
Dr. Nayana Trivedi
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
But Alzheimer's Disease is Not an aging process, that you should understand.
May 4, 2014

Related questions

A 39-year-old member asked:
2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
A 37-year-old female asked:
3 doctor answers16 doctors weighed in
A 40-year-old member asked:
2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
A 45-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A 46-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month
Last updated Mar 31, 2015

People also asked

Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits
$15 per month

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.