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Which treatments for dementia are most cost-effective?

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Dr. K. Olson
Psychiatry
5 doctors agree

In brief: Those that work

If there is a treatable underlying cause, identifying and treating it is the answer. Frequent treatable causes are depression, medication, hormone imbalances, sleep deprivation/apnea, or general medical illness not treated.
Namenda/aricept offers some delay in progression and therefore often in the nursing home placement. Newer strategies being researched are Insulin inhalation and coconut oil.

In brief: Those that work

If there is a treatable underlying cause, identifying and treating it is the answer. Frequent treatable causes are depression, medication, hormone imbalances, sleep deprivation/apnea, or general medical illness not treated.
Namenda/aricept offers some delay in progression and therefore often in the nursing home placement. Newer strategies being researched are Insulin inhalation and coconut oil.
Dr. K. Olson
Dr. K. Olson
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Generic medications

The only approved treatments for dementia are those for alzheimer's disease, which include the cholinesterase inhibitors: donepezil, galantamine (galantamine hydrobromide) and rivastigmine and the nmda antagonist memantine.
Only donepezil and galantamine (galantamine hydrobromide) are generic. If by cost-effective you are asking which med gives the most bang for the buck then they are all only mildly effective and relatively similar in benefits.

In brief: Generic medications

The only approved treatments for dementia are those for alzheimer's disease, which include the cholinesterase inhibitors: donepezil, galantamine (galantamine hydrobromide) and rivastigmine and the nmda antagonist memantine.
Only donepezil and galantamine (galantamine hydrobromide) are generic. If by cost-effective you are asking which med gives the most bang for the buck then they are all only mildly effective and relatively similar in benefits.
Dr. Darren Gitelman
Dr. Darren Gitelman
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