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What medications can ease agitation in someone who has Alzheimer’s disease?

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If you can’t stop agitation in someone with Alzheimer’s, or it’s severe, a doctor can recommend drugs. Common ones that can ease agitation are:

  • Neuroleptics and antipsychotics to treat paranoia and confusion. They can cause sleepiness, rigidity, and unusual movements.
  • Antidepressants, which can help if your loved one is depressed and irritable. Side effects can be sleepiness, dry mouth, constipation, and anxiety.
  • Anti-anxiety medications. They often cause sleepiness.

SOURCES:

The Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation.

Alzheimer’s Association. “Managing Behavioral Symptoms.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 11, 2018

SOURCES:

The Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation.

Alzheimer’s Association. “Managing Behavioral Symptoms.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 11, 2018

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