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what alzheimer's drugs are prescribed for non-alzheimer's conditions?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Off label: Situations which are non-fda approved. Virtually any cognitive loss or condition which affects intellect. For stroke-caused dementia, perhaps donepezil or galantamine (galantamine hydrobromide). For ms cognitive changes, both donepezil and rivastigmine fail, but maybe galantamine (galantamine hydrobromide) helps here. Parkinson's dementia very different from alz, and Exelon patch likely best. Head trauma hard to decide.
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Alzheimer's : Aricept (donepezil) and Exelon (rivastigmine) are the most commonly prescribed alzheimer's drugs used for conditions other than alzheimer's . This is outside the fda approved use and indications. Namenda (memantine) has been shown to be detrimental in patients with multiple sclerosis and its use outside its approved indications in alzheimer's is not recommended.

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