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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

Namenda (Definition)

Memantine is a medciation that is used to treat memory loss and mental ...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 Aricept (donepezil) help memory loss side effects of medications?

Can Aricept (donepezil) help memory loss side effects of medications?

Anti-cholinergics: Numerous drugs in medicine affect a chemical called acetylcholine, and this effect can result in memory loss, especially in the elderly. Aricept, (donepezil) which is now generic, helps increase the level of acetylcholine, and may mitigate these adverse effects. ...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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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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Can Ginkgo biloba prevent memory loss and improve cognitive function?

Can Ginkgo biloba prevent memory loss and improve cognitive function?

Ginkgo biloba, derived from the leaves of the Ginkgo biloba tree, is often touted as a memory aid: But it appears unlikely that Ginkgo biloba can prevent age-related memory problems or memory loss associated with mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's disease. A number of small, early studies showed modest improvements in cognitive function for older adults with dementia. However, a number of larger studies haven't been able to confirm that Ginkgo biloba prevents memory loss or slows the progression of cognitive decline or Alzheimer's disease in older adults. Although several more-recent studies have found slight improvements in cognitive function for people taking Ginkgo biloba, most experts feel that Ginkgo biloba hasn't lived up to its early promise and don't recommend its use as a memory aid. ...Read more

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Side effects of namenda (memantine)?

Side effects of namenda (memantine)?

Dizziness: The main side-effect (3%) compared to placebo in fda trials was dizziness. However a small percentage of demented patients may have varying symptoms including aggressiveness, apathy, depression. Behavioral changes happen within the first few weeks as a rule but are reversible with discontinuation. ...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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Lamictal side effects, vision and memory loss anyone?

Lamictal side effects, vision and memory loss anyone?

Yes. It can: General visual side effects include double vision (28%), blurred vision (16%), and vision abnormality (3%) has been reported. Concentration disturbance (2%) and memory decrease was mentioned in the package insert of the medication. ...Read more

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Is ginkgo biloba effective for memory improvement?

Is ginkgo biloba effective for memory improvement?

It is, but this depe: depends on what caused your memory impairments(stress, car accident, depression, anxiety, ADHD, ) you may need other medication and or behavioral techniques to cope with this problem. Dont give up and thanks for your question. Daily Exercise and meditation help memory. ...Read more

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

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 memory impairment the same thing as memory loss?

Is memory impairment the same thing as memory loss?

Possibly: Memory involves three complex processes. Encoding, storage, retrieval. Impairment in any one of these phases can affect what we call memory. Memory loss would mean to me that the memory is no longer there. This is rare. Memory impairment means difficulty in one of the three processes. ...Read more

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Can phosphatidylserine improve memory and cognitive function in people with Alzheimer's disease?

Can phosphatidylserine improve memory and cognitive function in people with Alzheimer's disease?

Phosphatidylserine (fos-fuh-tie-dul-SER-een) is a dietary supplement that has received some interest as a potential treatment for Alzheimer's disease and other memory problems: Several studies with phosphatidylserine indicate improved cognitive abilities and behaviors. However, improvements lasted only a few months and were seen in people with the least severe symptoms. Initially, phosphatidylserine supplements were derived from the brain cells of cows. But because of concerns about mad cow disease, most manufacturers now produce the supplements from soy or cabbage derivatives. Preliminary studies have shown that plant-based phosphatidylserine supplements may also offer benefits, but more research is needed. However, no modern studies have continued to focus on phosphatidylserine, suggesting its limited effect. Keep in mind that the Food and Drug Administration doesn't require manufacturers to provide evidence of the potential risks and benefits of phosphatidylserine — or of any supplement. Consult your doctor before starting any dietary supplement. ...Read more

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Which anti-depressant would help brain fog and memory recall ?

Which anti-depressant would help brain fog and memory recall ?

Can't tell: Anti depressants can reverse symptoms of mental fog only if someone had those as symptoms of depression. Discuss your concerns with your doctor to make certain the goals you have are the same as your prescriber. Determining the cause of your symptoms is primary! These may have nothing to do with your depression, or be totally be cause by it. Brain fog is better treated by stimulants. ...Read more

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Do antipsychotics affect cognitive functions like memory processing speed word recollection executive functions? What's the best?

Do antipsychotics affect cognitive functions like memory processing speed word recollection executive functions? What's the best?

Cognitive effects: The newer antipsychotics (second-generation antipsychotics) theoretically are supposed to assist with improving cognitive impairments in various mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. However, it is possible that a slowing of processes can occur with such medications. Efficacy and tolerability depend on the medication, side effect profile, and patient response. ...Read more

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Which is most effective in slowing down Alzheimer's: aricept, exelon, (rivastigmine) or reminyl?

Which is most effective in slowing down Alzheimer's: aricept, exelon, (rivastigmine) or reminyl?

No head2head study: So far, there are no head-to-head studies demonstrating that one medication is better than the other/rest. Aricept (donepezil), Exelon (rivastigmine) & Razadyne (nee Reminyl aka galantamine) are all acetylcholinesterase inhibitors (AChEI). Namenda (memantine) is an NMDA receptor antagonist which is often used in conjunction w/one of these AChEI to slow down progression of Alzheimer's disease. ...Read more

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Such a buzz about galantamine (galantamine hydrobromide) Improving bipolar cognition. Do you suggest this medicine or adapting, coping, compensating for bipolar memory problems?

Such a buzz about galantamine (galantamine hydrobromide) Improving bipolar cognition.  Do you suggest this medicine or adapting, coping, compensating for bipolar memory problems?

Unimpressed: I'm unimpressed with any single medication as sole treatment strategy to thing as complex as cognition whether for Dementia, Bipolar, etc. Exception would be cases where low B12, D, folate, (folic acid) or thyroid, are proven causes of problem. Otherwise, proactive strategies to stimulate cognition much better chance of success (in my opinion). Want to talk about it? Write me: www.healthtap.com/dr-drsaghafi ...Read more

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Memory loss lithium side effect?

Memory loss lithium side effect?

Not memory loss: Lithium is a known medicine for slowing cognitive processes. It would take longer time to retrieve info , this is different than forgetfulness . There is a debate about lithium effects on creativity keeping in mind that a good part of arts and professional may be bipolar. ...Read more

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Visual hallucination with Lewy bodies?

Visual hallucination with Lewy bodies?

Good 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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