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Which anti-psychotic medications help to treat alzheimer's disease?
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Dr. Maureen Nash
Psychiatry - Geriatric
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dr. Maureen Nash
Psychiatry - Geriatric
In brief: Individualize care
The decision to use any medication for any symptom or illness involves a careful consideration of the risks and benefits for each individual.
When someone has a progressive fatal illness, most people want to maximize quality of life and decrease stress and distress as much as possible. Antipsychotic medications are not a panacea and help only psychosis and aggressive symptoms, not other symptoms.

In brief: Individualize care
The decision to use any medication for any symptom or illness involves a careful consideration of the risks and benefits for each individual.
When someone has a progressive fatal illness, most people want to maximize quality of life and decrease stress and distress as much as possible. Antipsychotic medications are not a panacea and help only psychosis and aggressive symptoms, not other symptoms.
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Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dr. HIndi Mermelstein
These medications in low doses can be beneficial to treat symptoms such as perceptual disturbances ( hallucinations ) or paranoid thinking. They can improve the quality of life but like all meds have risks and side effects and do not treat or cure the disease. So may help but need to be thoughtful about their use
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