Currently there is no cure for Alzheimer's disease, but medications can possibly help to slow down progression of the disease, relieve symptoms and also improve the quality of life of those affected Alzheimer's and also of their caregivers’.
Medications for Treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD): There are several medications available for the treatment of AD. Your doctor will prescribe medications based on your signs and symptoms and then periodically (every 6 months) assess response to treatment. The drugs mostly used to treat AD are called acetyl cholinesterase inhibitors. The drugs being used currently to treat cognitive symptoms of AD include:
The medications are prescribed initially in the lowest possible dose to minimise the side effects and then the dose is increased based on your response to treatment.
Specific medical treatment: In addition to treatment of cognitive symptoms, your doctor will treat other symptoms such as behavioural problems, depression and psychosis.
Non-medical treatment: Other measures which may help in managing AD symptoms in addition to medical treatment include:
Creating a safe and supportive environment: Making changes in the living environment of a person with Alzheimer's is an important part of any treatment plan. These help to make the person have a sense of well-being and continued ability to function. Some changes which can create a safe and supportive environment include:
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