Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment
Treatment for the memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s disease is limited to the use of four medications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved two types of medications - cholinesterase inhibitors (Aricept®, Exelon®, Razadyne®, Cognex®) and memantine (Namenda®) - to treat the memory loss, confusion, and problems with thinking and reasoning of Alzheimer's disease.
Cholinesterase inhibitors slow the progression of symptoms for six to 12 months for about half the people who take them.
Other medications are commonly used to treat behavioral and psychiatric symptoms of Alzheimer's disease such as depression, hallucinations and sleep disorders.