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Dementia - Medications

Doctors use medicines to treat dementia in the following ways:

Medicine choices

Medicines to help maintain mental function

Medicines to help control mood or behavior problems

Many behavior problems can be managed without medicines. For more information, see Home Treatment.

In some cases, the doctor may prescribe:

Medicines to prevent future strokes

  • The doctor may prescribe medicines for high blood pressure and high cholesterol, since these conditions are risk factors for vascular dementia. These drugs can't reverse existing dementia, but they may prevent future strokes and heart disease that can lead to further brain damage.

For more information, see the topics:

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: January 27, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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