medical researchers continue to look for a cure, there are
drugs currently available that help slow the course of Alzheimer's
are also complementary physical and nutritional therapies
that seem to treat cognitive and behavioral Alzheimer's symptoms.
Drug treatment for Alzheimer's disease
FDA-approved drugs for Alzheimer's disease typically prescribed by doctors is donepezil
(Aricept), rivastigmine (Exelon) and galantamine (Razadyne).
classified as cholinesterase (KOH-luh-NES-ter-rays) inhibitors which help bolster acetylcholine, the chemical messenger vital
to memory and cognitive skills. While nothing can block the
brain cell damage associated with Alzheimer's, these drugs
help strengthen levels of the chemical messenger and in so
doing delay the onset of severe symptoms.
Memantine is another weapon in the Alzheimer's treatment arsenal that regulates the activity of glutamate, a different messenger chemical involved in learning and memory.
patients see an improvement on these drugs, although the medical
establishment continues to battle the disease through active
research and ongoing Alzheimer's disease clinical trials.
Drugs & nutritional supplements
have been shown to slow the progression of the most severe
symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.
These include common anti-inflammatory or anti-oxidant supplements
currently available over the counter, such as co-enzyme Q10.
Other nutritional supplements that have been shown to help include the herbal supplement ginkgo biloba, the moss extract Huperzine
A (for centuries used in traditional Chinese medicine); as well as Omega-3
fatty acids, found naturally in oily fish and in supplemental
B12 may also become the the newest weapon in the arsenal
against the disease, as new studies reveal a marked decrease
in the vitamin among patients who suffer from brain shrinkage
or atrophy as they age.
Disease Medications Fact Sheet - From the National
Institute on Aging, this overview of drugs that typically
treat mild to moderate or severe AD symptoms also includes a table
comparing medications by name, type, dosing and side effects.
Disease Clinical Trials - Check out a database of clinical trials
now in progress throughout the U.S. searchable
by city or state with related FAQ and information.
information is intended as reference and not as medical advice.
All treatment decisions should be made by medical professionals.