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Dementia Medication Overview

Most diseases that cause dementia are progressive, which means that people with the disease get worse over time. Unfortunately, cures for most causes of dementia don't exist. Some medications, however, can temporarily improve symptoms and functioning and may slow the progression of the basic disease process.

Efforts to find effective drug therapy for dementia have frustrated scientists. Many drugs used for dementia are limited by side effects, short duration of action, and the need for frequent monitoring of blood levels or other lab tests to prevent toxicity. Many assessment tools have been used to measure the effectiveness of dementia drugs, but effectiveness remains difficult to evaluate. Researchers continue to search for drugs with improved effectiveness and better tolerability.

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Somatoform disorders are mental illnesses that cause bodily symptoms, including pain. The symptoms can't be traced back to any physical cause. And they are not the result of substance abuse or another mental illness. People with somatoform disorders are not faking their symptoms. The pain and other problems they experience are real. The symptoms can significantly affect daily functioning. Doctors need to perform many tests to rule out other possible causes before they diagnose a somatoform...

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