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Which medications can treat Alzheimer's disease?

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Three drugs curb the breakdown of a chemical in the brain, called acetylcholine, that’s important for memory and learning: donepezil (Aricept), galantamine (Razadyne), and rivastigmine (Exelon).

Memantine (Namenda) treats moderate-to-severe Alzheimer's disease. It works by changing the amount of a brain chemical called glutamate, which plays a role in learning and memory.

Namzaric is a mix of Namenda and Aricept. It's best for people with moderate to severe Alzheimer's who already take the two drugs separately.

From: Treatments for Alzheimer's Disease WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Alzheimer’s Association: “Standard Treatments;” “FDA-Approved Treatments for Alzheimer’s;” and “Alternative Treatments.”

American Academy of Neurology Guideline Summary for Patients and their Families: “Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Alzheimer’s Disease Education & Referral Center: “Treatment.

Dysken, M. , Jan. 2014. Journal of the American Medical Association

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 5, 2019

SOURCES:

Alzheimer’s Association: “Standard Treatments;” “FDA-Approved Treatments for Alzheimer’s;” and “Alternative Treatments.”

American Academy of Neurology Guideline Summary for Patients and their Families: “Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Alzheimer’s Disease Education & Referral Center: “Treatment.

Dysken, M. , Jan. 2014. Journal of the American Medical Association

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 5, 2019

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