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What types of medicines do they have for memory loss at 59 with family history of dementia?

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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Two types of

Medications are available: cholinesterase inhibitors such as Aricept and nmda receptor antagonists like namenda (memantine).
The first class increases acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter involved in memory. Namenda (memantine) decreases abnormal brain activity allowing clearer thinking.

In brief: Two types of

Medications are available: cholinesterase inhibitors such as Aricept and nmda receptor antagonists like namenda (memantine).
The first class increases acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter involved in memory. Namenda (memantine) decreases abnormal brain activity allowing clearer thinking.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Exercise

The best prevention is exercise and healthy diet.
No meds have been show to help long term. However, untreated depression is a risk factor. Almost all antidepressants and lithium have been shown to have a neuroprotective effect. None of my long term treated depressed patients have gotten alzheimers even though family members had it.

In brief: Exercise

The best prevention is exercise and healthy diet.
No meds have been show to help long term. However, untreated depression is a risk factor. Almost all antidepressants and lithium have been shown to have a neuroprotective effect. None of my long term treated depressed patients have gotten alzheimers even though family members had it.
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
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