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Dementia Treatments

Dementia: Treatments Inroduction

Treatment of dementia begins with the prevention of avoidable causes of dementia, such as alcoholism, vitamin B deficiency, type ll diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and atherosclerosis. This includes not smoking, not drinking alcohol to excess, and eating a heart-healthy diet that is low in saturated fats and processed carbohydrates and high in unprocessed whole grains, low fat meats, fruits, and vegetables. Using safer sex practices is important to prevent certain causes of dementia, such as AIDS or syphilis. Wearing an approved helmet during dangerous activities, such as contact sports and skateboarding, is key to preventing dementia due to head injury. It is also important to seek regular medical care throughout the lifespan in order to promptly diagnose and treat any preventable or reversible causes of dementia. There are currently no treatments that can cure or stop the progression of Alzheimer's disease or vascular dementia, the two most common causes of dementia. The care of people with Alzheimer's disease is aimed at minimizing symptoms and maximizing independence and the quality of life as much as possible. There are some medications that may help to manage some symptoms, and there are many clinical trials taking place to research a variety of potential treatments. Medications may include drugs that can help with cognitive symptoms, such as memory, language and judgement. These medications include memantine (Namenda) and cholinesterase inhibitors, such as Aricept, Exelon, and Razadyne. In some cases, medications may be used to treat behavioral symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. These medications may include antidepressants and antipsychotics. Treatment of vascular dementia is aimed at minimizing risk factors for major cognitive events, such as stroke. This includes addressing diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol, by controlling blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels. Treatment may include a combination of medications and lifestyle and dietary changes. It is important for caretakers to remember that a person with dementia has difficulty learning and understanding new situations. Because of this it is best to simplify tasks to make completing daily tasks as feasible and safe as possible. It is also important to keep regular routines for a person with dementia and manage the environment so that it stays as familiar as possible. People with dementia due to Alzheimer's disease or vascular dementia generally become completely disabled and require total care in order to meet daily needs, such as eating, dressing and hygiene. They also require constant supervision and security to prevent wandering and other safety issues. This often eventually requires the care of a skilled nursing facility.

Dementia: Treatments

Some of the possible treatments for Dementia from various sources may include:

Treatments for Dementia

The following treatments are listed for Dementia in our knowledge base:

  • Vitamin B3 - possibly used for related vitamin B3 deficiency

Alternative Treatments for Dementia

Alternative treatments, home remedies, other other complementary therapies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Dementia in various sources may include:

Drugs and Medications used to treat Dementia:

Some of the drugs and medications used in the treatment of Dementia may include:

Unlabeled Drugs and Medications to treat Dementia:

Unlabelled alternative drug treatments for Dementia may include:

  • Amantadine
  • Antadine
  • Symadine
  • Symmetrel
  • Carbatrol
  • Equetro
  • Nu-Carbamazepine
  • PMS-Carbamazepine
  • Carbazep
  • Carbazine
  • Clostedal
  • Neugeron
  • Apo-Prochlorperazine
  • Nu-Prochlorperazine

Latest treatments for Dementia

The following medications/drugs/procedures are some of the latest treatments for Dementia:

Treatments for Causes of Dementia

Review the treatment information pages for various causes of Dementia:

More causes: not all possible causes for Dementia are listed above; for a full list refer to causes of Dementia.

Treatment Notes

Only your doctor can advise whether any of these treatments are appropriate for your specific medical situation. Always discuss all treatment options with your doctor before making a decision, including whether to start or discontinue any treatment plan.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Dementia:

The following list of conditions have 'Dementia' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Dementia:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Dementia' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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