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Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment Guide

There are various drug and non-drug Alzheimer’s treatment options open to people affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Here we explore the different types of treatment that are available.

Approved Alzheimer’s Drugs

There are 4 types of drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FAD) to treat Alzheimer’s, such as:

  • Donepezil (Aricept)
  • Tacrine (Cognex)
  • Galantamine (Reminyl)
  • Rivastigmine (Exelon)

These are oral drugs available via prescription and are used to treat mild to moderate Alzheimer’s. They belong to a class of drug called cholinesterase inhibitors and work by blocking the enzymes that destroy Acetylcholine (chemicals that are used by nerve cells to communicate with one another). The destruction of these nerve cells are what can cause memory loss or dementia.

These drugs may slow down the process or improve memory and other Alzheimer’s related symptoms. Note: Treatment may cause side effects and may not be suitable for all, please consult with your professional health care specialist first.

Alternative Alzheimer’s Treatments

There are a number of alternative treatments that some claim to help with Alzheimer’s suffering, such as Ginko Biloba and Huperzine A, both traditional Chinese medicines. Because these forms of treatment aren’t approved by the FAD or are clinically proven through research and study, it is always advisable to consult with your health care specialist first.

Alzheimer’s Support & Care

One of the best forms of treatment and arguably the most effective is the help, support and care of loved ones, friends or professional caregivers. As Alzheimer’s advances those affected will come to rely on others and this network of support is essential in any case of the disease.

Just 10 short years ago there weren’t many options open to sufferers but today much more is understood of the disease and the options are quite varied. Many find a combination of treatments to be most effective while for others some form of treatment will have an adverse effect. Again, we stress, consult with your health care specialist first.

Good luck!

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