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How is Lewy body dementia (LBD) treated with drugs?

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Right now, there aren’t any drugs that can stop or reverse Lewy body dementia. But medications can help relieve your symptoms for a few months. These drugs include:

Some drugs, called neuroleptic or antipsychotic medicines, can treat severe hallucinations or behavior problems for people with Alzheimer’s, but they’re often not good for people with LBD. They can make some symptoms, such as hallucinations, trouble moving, or thinking problems, much worse. If you need these drugs, your doctor will have to watch you very carefully for bad side effects.

  • Drugs that treat thinking problems, including donepezil (Aricept) and rivastigmine (Exelon). People with Alzheimer’s often take these meds, too.
  • Levodopa (Dopar, Laradopa) can improve movement problems or rigid limbs.
  • Melatonin or clonazepam (Klonopin) can ease sleep problems.

From: What Is Lewy Body Dementia? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Lewy Body Dementia Association.

National Institute on Aging.

University of California, San Francisco: “Lewy Body Dementias.”

Alzheimer’s Association.

 

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 19, 2019

SOURCES:

Lewy Body Dementia Association.

National Institute on Aging.

University of California, San Francisco: “Lewy Body Dementias.”

Alzheimer’s Association.

 

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 19, 2019

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