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Lewy body dementia - does anyone know of any treatment for this disease?
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
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In brief: Few options
There are currently no fda-approved treatments specific for lewy body dementia (dlb).
But given the severe cholinergic losses that occur in dlb, the frequent co-occurrence of alzheimer's disease pathology, and several small trials that suggest their effectiveness, cholinesterase inhibitors are the off-label treatment of choice. Exelon (rivastigmine) patch has shown some effectiveness for the cognitive decline.

In brief: Few options
There are currently no fda-approved treatments specific for lewy body dementia (dlb).
But given the severe cholinergic losses that occur in dlb, the frequent co-occurrence of alzheimer's disease pathology, and several small trials that suggest their effectiveness, cholinesterase inhibitors are the off-label treatment of choice. Exelon (rivastigmine) patch has shown some effectiveness for the cognitive decline.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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In brief: Meds & Support!!
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.

In brief: Meds & Support!!
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.
Dr. Robert Hutchman
Dr. Robert Hutchman
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