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How can memantine help with treating dementia?

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This drug may be prescribed for Alzheimer’s disease that is moderate to severe. Memantine could help improve memory, attention, reasoning, and language. It helps balance glutamate, a brain chemical involved in memory and learning. Studies show that memantine can curb delusions, hallucinations, agitation, aggression, and irritability that can happen with dementia. It can also help your loved one with disorientation and make his daily activities easier.

From: What Medicines Treat Dementia? WebMD Medical Reference

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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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