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Alzheimer Disease (cont.)

Medications

The cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) specifically for Alzheimer's disease. The drugs listed here are some of the most frequently prescribed from each class. For more information, see Understanding Alzheimer's Disease Medications.

All drugs cause side effects. The aim in prescribing a drug is that the benefits of the drug outweigh the side effects. Seniors are especially likely to experience drug side effects. People with dementia who are taking any of these drugs must be checked often to make sure that if side effects occur, they are tolerated and do not cause serious problems.

These drugs may interact with each other or with other drugs. This is important in seniors, who often take several different drugs for various medical disorders. Side effects may be due not to one specific drug, but to combinations of drugs.
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