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How can cholinesterase inhibitors help with treating dementia?

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This drug may be prescribed for Alzheimer’s disease that isn’t too severe yet, as well as other types of dementia. Scientists think these medications help prevent a “messenger chemical” in our brains called acetylcholine from breaking down. Acetylcholine is important in learning, memory, and mood. Cholinesterase inhibitors also appear to delay the worsening of Alzheimer’s symptoms. They include:

  • Donepezil (Aricept)
  • Galantamine (Razadyne, Razadyne ER, Reminyl)
  • Rivastigmine (Exelon)

From: What Medicines Treat Dementia? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Alzheimer’s Association: “Alzheimer’s & Dementia,” “Medications for Memory Loss.”

CDC, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry: “What are Cholinesterase Inhibitors?”

Alzheimer’s Society: “Memantine,” “Drug Treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Mayo Clinic: “Dementia,” “Vascular Dementia: Treatment and Drugs.”

AlzForum: “Memantine.”

Alzheimer’s Australia: “Drug Treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease: Cholinesterase Inhibitors.”

National Institute of Health, Medline Plus: “Understanding Alzheimer's.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on August 4, 2018

SOURCES:

Alzheimer’s Association: “Alzheimer’s & Dementia,” “Medications for Memory Loss.”

CDC, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry: “What are Cholinesterase Inhibitors?”

Alzheimer’s Society: “Memantine,” “Drug Treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Mayo Clinic: “Dementia,” “Vascular Dementia: Treatment and Drugs.”

AlzForum: “Memantine.”

Alzheimer’s Australia: “Drug Treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease: Cholinesterase Inhibitors.”

National Institute of Health, Medline Plus: “Understanding Alzheimer's.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on August 4, 2018

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