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Can exelon, (rivastigmine) aricept, or, namenda treat Lewy body dementia?

Can exelon, (rivastigmine) aricept, or, namenda treat Lewy body dementia?

No: No treatment is yet available for lewy body dementia. However, these might help alleviate some symptoms temporarily. ...Read more

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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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Aricept (donepezil hcl) useful for dementia Lewy body?

Aricept (donepezil hcl) useful for dementia Lewy body?

Seems to be: As it increases acetylcholine in the brain and that can improve attention deficits and cognitive fluctuations. ...Read more

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Can namenda (memantine) stop progression of alzheimer's?

Can namenda (memantine) stop progression of alzheimer's?

No: It slows down the progression but it does not stop. Unfortunately, at the present time, there are no fda approved medications that have shown to cure or to stop the progression of alzheimer's disease. There are ongoing studies to find ways to cure... ...Read more

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What is frontotemporal dementia?

What is frontotemporal dementia?

There are 3 types: Named for the brain areas that are affected, the frontal and temporal lobes, there are several different variants of this type of dementia. Some of these types of dementia have prominent problems with words - either slowly losing the ability to speak or losing the ability to makes sense when one talks. There is an impulsive, disinhibited personality variant also. ...Read more

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Which alzheimer's drug is most effective: Aricept or namenda (memantine)?

Which alzheimer's drug is most effective: Aricept or namenda (memantine)?

Early vs later stage: Both relieve symptoms of the disease & focus on neurotransmitters key to memory and learning. Aricept focuses on acetycholine in an attempt to slow its loss because of alzheimer's. Namenda (memantine) focuses on glutamate, blocking the excess produced as a part of the disease. Namenda (memantine) is better suited to moderate to advanced stages of alzheimer's, while Aricept is for early onset through advanced stages. ...Read more

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Is Alzheimer's or dementia hereditary?

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Yes to some degree: 60% of all pts with Alzheimer's Disease have first degree relative (often a parent) that had AD. There are genetic tests one called ApoE4 which can indicate you are low, medium or high risk in your life to develop this illness. I do not recommend such testing as there are no proven treatments that can slow or prevent Alzheimer's Disease from developing. Stay active mentally and physically! ...Read more

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Could namenda (memantine) stop the progression of alzheimer's disease?

Could namenda (memantine) stop the progression of alzheimer's disease?

Helps somewhat: Does not really stop progression, merely slows the deterioration somewhat and helps some of the associated issues such as agitation. But in combination with a cholinesterase inhibitor, may truly be very useful. ...Read more

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Is sundowning a symptom of alzheimer's dementia?

Is sundowning a symptom of alzheimer's dementia?

Sundowning: Can be a symptom of dementia of any kind when combined with physical problems such as hearing and vision loss. ...Read more

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What is Lewy bodies dementia?

What is Lewy bodies dementia?

Clinical Features: Neurodegenerative, progressive d/o with  milder physical parkinsonism than parkinson's disease typically. (slowed movements, stiff/rigid muscles & posture, possibly resting tremor). But with early dementia, often with associated psychosis (visual hallucinations/delusional thoughts, excessive sleepiness, depression, anxiety, apathy, & rbd=rem behavior d/o, causing acting-out of dreams in rem sleep. ...Read more

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How is alzheimer's and dementia diagnosed?

How is alzheimer's and dementia diagnosed?

Alzheimer, Dementia: Mental status examination including memory impairment, disorientation to time , place, and person, decline in intellectual functioning and impairment of attention and concentration helps in diagnosis of alzheimer, and dementia. At times blood tests and ct scan of brain help in the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Donepezil effectiveness for vascular and Lewy body dementia?

Donepezil  effectiveness for vascular and Lewy body dementia?

Helpful in LBD: I routinely use donepezil effectively in my lewy body disease patients. Although only 40-50% of them actually have cognitive improvements in the here & now, but we suspect it slows the progression of cognitive deterioration anecdotally. Can't comment on personal experience with vascular dementia. ...Read more

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Is Lewy bodies dementia terminal?

Is Lewy bodies dementia  terminal?

BUT, Rx available: Dopamine meds for physical parkinsonism: Azilect (mao-b selective inhibitor) & sinemet +/- Comtan (stalevo (carbidopa and levodopa and entacapone) is both together). Tailor rx watching for side effects. Avoid Dopamine agonists (requip xl/mirapex er/neupro)--too side effect prone for lewy body patients. For dementia: namenda, paired with Exelon patch or aricept. For psychosis: seroquel or even clozaril. For excess sleepiness: nuvigil. ...Read more

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Expert opinions? Which alzheimer's drug is more effective: Aricept or namenda (memantine)?

Yes: They both have advantages and disadvantages. To learn about the risks and benefits to make a decision you should consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Is Lewy bodies dementia the same thing as alzheimers?

Is Lewy bodies dementia the same thing as alzheimers?

Different pathology: Neurodegenerative d/o featuring milder physical parkinsonism than parkinson's disease typically. (slowed movements, stiff/rigid muscles & posture, possibly resting tremor). But with early dementia, often with associated psychosis (visual hallucinations, delusional thoughts), excessive sleepiness, depression/anxiety/apathy, & rbd. Rbd = rem behavior d/o, causing acting-out of dreams in rem sleep. ...Read more

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Is Aricept (donepezil) as affective in advanced stages alzhimers?

Is Aricept (donepezil) as affective in advanced stages alzhimers?

Possibly less: I would first ask if Alzheimer's (DAT) is the correct diagnosis. DAT is not always the correct diagnosis in cases of neurocognitive disorders (dementia). Other conditions also cause trouble with memory and thinking in advanced age and are often missed. If DAT is the correct diagnosis, Aricept (donepezil) helps slow the functional decline but not the actual disease process. New medicines are in development. ...Read more

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Is contracting and living with Lewy bodies dementia (alzheimers) terminal?

Is contracting and living with Lewy bodies dementia (alzheimers) terminal?

Eventually, yes: Lbd is not the same as alzheimers. However, there also is no cure, and it is progressive - either slow or rapid. So, it is terminal but an average life expectancy after DX is 5-7 yrs. The worst of it is that the symptoms are quite difficult to manage and few families can avoid residential care. Here's a link: http://www.Lbda.Org/content/role-palliative-and-hospice-care-in-lbd. Hope you find help! ...Read more

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Does acetyl-l-carnitine prevents alzheimer's disease and dementia?

Does acetyl-l-carnitine prevents alzheimer's disease and dementia?

No: There is no definitie evidence that anything can prevent alzheimers disease. There is suggestive evidence that exercise and treating high blood pressure and diabetes can decrease the risk of it. ...Read more

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What is Lewy body dementia?

What is Lewy body dementia?

The essentials: Lewey body dementia is defined by three things, visual hallucinations in the absence of othr drugs, psych diagnoses and parkinson's disease, memory loss and perodic confusion, you can have parkinson symptoms but dont have to. You also usually get behavorial problems and executive problems. The hallucinations tend to be quite vivid and complex. ...Read more

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Namenda (Definition)

Memantine is a medciation that is used to treat memory loss and mental ...Read more