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Treatments for Alzheimer disease 3, (early-onset Alzheimer disease)

Treatment List for Alzheimer disease 3, (early-onset Alzheimer disease)

The list of treatments mentioned in various sources for Alzheimer disease 3, (early-onset Alzheimer disease) includes the following list. Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment or change in treatment plans.

  • There is no cure for the condition so treatment is aimed at managing symptoms and slowing progression of the condition. Alzheimer medications (acetylcholinesterase inhibitors) and Namenda (NDMA antagonist) have varying degrees of benefits for patients - some patients have significant slowing of progression whereas others suffer a worsening of symptoms. Other medications are used to control symptoms e.g. depression, pain, agitation and insomnia. Other beneficial therapies and supportive measures includes: mental stimulation, supportive care and nursing homes.
  • There is no known cure for Alzheimer's disease, but some medications may have benefit in preserving independence for a period of time, and prolonging the time that the patient can be managed at home. These include:
    • Anticholinesterases - Donezepil, Galantamine, Rivastigmine, Tacrine
    • NMDA antagonist - Memantine
  • Management of neuropsychiatric symptoms is also important. Both drug and non-drug therapies are used. Medications utilised include:
    • Antipsychotics - for agitation and psychosis
    • Mood stabilisers - Carbamazepine, valproate
    • Antidepressants - especially SSRI's
  • Vitamin E - there is debate over its usefulness but may be prescribed by some physicians
  • Non-drug therapy is important and forms the backbone of day to day patient management and includes:
    • A calm environment, and a calm approach by carers
    • Regular routine
    • Ongoing mental stimulation
    • Carer support
    • Dementia specific nursing home care

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