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Alzheimer's: What Treatments Are Available and What Do They Do?

Some medicines can improve quality of life and delay certain symptoms

September 25, 2012

There is no cure for Alzheimer's, but there are medicines that may improve quality of life and delay some symptoms of the disease. Counseling and other therapies may also be recommended.

Currently there are four drugs approved by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat the symptoms of the disease for some time, but they cannot stop the disease itself. Not every drug will be helpful for every person with this form of dementia.

Information about the four currently approved drugs — and about treatments that we know do not work — can be found on these sites:


Behavioral Changes

As the disease progresses, a person with Alzheimer's may experience a variety of symptoms, such as sleeplessness, agitation, wandering, anxiety, anger and depression. Drug and non-drug treatments are available to manage these symptoms and behavioral changes. Treating them often makes patients more comfortable and helps caregivers keep them safe.




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