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Are there any effective alternative medications for alzheimer's disease?

Are there any effective alternative medications for alzheimer's disease?

Unlikely: Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia. There are no medications-scientific or alternative-that have been shown to modify the course of the illness. Many symptoms of the disease can be helped with behavioral interventions, prescription medications and ossibly with alternative medications but it is important to know the pharmacology of alternative medications before using them. ...Read more

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Dr. Maureen Nash
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Alzheimer's Disease (Definition)

A progressively worsening brain disorder that affects memory. Symptoms usually begin with increasing forgetfulness and confusion and can progress to the inability to ...Read more


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Alzheimers disease, dementia, poor memory , mci -- what causes do they have in common?

Alzheimers disease, dementia, poor memory , mci -- what causes do they have in common?

Memory deficits: There is a chemical in the brain called acetylcholine which is deficient with aging, and that causes deficits in cognitive functions. ...Read more

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What are some drugs for alzheimer's disease?

What are some drugs for alzheimer's disease?

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. ...Read more

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What medication are good for treating Alzheimer's disease?

Namenda (memantine): There are few things physical and psychological exercise reading walking doing puzzle treating blood pressure loose weight aricept/ Namenda (memantine) omega 3 and more there is patch best to start treatment as soon symptom appear. ...Read more

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Does anyone know someone with Alzheimer's disease that is getting benefit from medication to slow the symptoms?

Does anyone know someone with Alzheimer's disease that is getting benefit from medication to slow the symptoms?

Symptom control: Alzheimer's disease has no cure. Symptomatic control consists of slowing the deterioration clinically observed without affecting the underlying course of the disease. Medications such as Aricept (donepezil), Namenda (memantine), and others, are examples of helpful drugs providing symptomatic control. ...Read more

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What kind of medications are effective for alzheimer's disease?

What kind of medications are effective for alzheimer's disease?

A few may help: While there is no cure for alzheimer's disease, there are a few prescription medications that slow its progression. (the amount they help may or may not be clinically significant, though — researchers disagree on this point.) examples include Aricept (donepezil), Namenda (memantine), and Exelon (rivastigmine). ...Read more

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Which anti-psychotic medications help to treat alzheimer's disease?

Which anti-psychotic medications help to treat alzheimer's disease?

They treat symptoms.: There are no disease modifying medications for alzheimer's. Atypical or newer antipsychotic medications help with delusions, paranoia, suspicousness, fearfulness and the behaviors these symptoms cause. The older antipsychotics also help but have far more side effects. There is some evidence that antipsychotics increase the risk of stroke, heart attack or death but they do help quality of life. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Why neostigmine is not a drug for treatment of Alzheimer's disease?

Why neostigmine is not a drug for treatment of Alzheimer's disease?

Doesn't get in brain: Neostigmine's chemical structure (quaternary amine) does not allow it to cross the blood brain barrier, so it does not affect cholinesterases in the brain. ...Read more

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How do drug treatments for Alzheimer's disease effect the risk gene apolipoprotein e-e4?

How do drug treatments for Alzheimer's disease effect the risk gene apolipoprotein e-e4?

They don't: Drug treatments for alzheimer's don't affect genes like apo e4. Their intent is to treat the aftermath (the cognitive symptoms of alzheimer's disease itself). Young people with this gene should read dr. David perlmitters new book, "grain brain, " which makes a strong research-based case for gluten and other sugars being linked to alzheimer's and many other problems. http://tinyurl.com/mof6qj8. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of 300mg on efexor xr and should i be worried about disorders like Alzheimers on this medication?

What are the side effects of 300mg on efexor xr  and should i be worried about disorders like Alzheimers on this medication?

Many side effects: However, please remember that prescription medications ALL HAVE 2nd effects...EVEN VITAMINS. And also remember, side effects are things that COULD OCCUR in a % of patients usually of less than 5%- sometimes less than 2%. So they are not common and are not guaranteed to happen. Older antidepressant medications MAY have a protective role against Alzheimer's dementia but newer ones may increase risk ...Read more

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Am I getting alzheimer´s disease?

Am I getting alzheimer´s disease?

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. ...Read more

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Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes Alzheimer's disease?

Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes Alzheimer's disease?

We are too!: No one knows what causes alzheimers disease. Age is the main variable: the older the person, the more likely. Family history ; heredity are factors too. However, all of these are out of our control. Looking at controllable factors, past brain injury and cardiovascular health seem to increase risk. See: http://www.Alz.Org/alzheimers_disease_causes_risk_factors.Asp. ...Read more

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Can there be such a thing as premature Alzheimer's disease when a female is in her mid 20's?

Very rare: It may happen in a family where several members developed alzheimer's disease in an early age. That is because there is a bad gene transmitted in that family. ...Read more

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What is Alzheimer's disease?

Common dementia: Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia. Memory problems, word finding problems, word substitutions errors, getting lost in places that are familiar are often early symptoms. Also forgetting how to use tools that you used to know how to use. Finally, trouble evaluating info and following plans happen later. ...Read more

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What is alzheimer's disease?

Dementia: Alzheimer's is a specific form of dementia which includes severe short term and intermediate memory disturbance. There is some evidence it is genetic. There are very specific changes I the brain, but these are not easily identified by current brain scans ...Read more

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