Dementia in ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) (cont.)
No specific treatment is available for frontal lobe dementia in motor neuron disease.
- The few available treatments for motor neuron diseases have had little effect on the dementia. Riluzole (Rilutek) is currently the only approved medication for motor neuron diseases. No strong evidence shows that this drug improves dementia due to motor neuron disease.
- Another drug widely used to treat motor neuron disease, gabapentin (Neurontin), has shown no positive effects on dementia.
- Drugs called cholinesterase inhibitors used in Alzheimer disease (another type of dementia) may worsen irritability in people with frontal lobe dementia. These include donepezil (Aricept), rivastigmine (Exelon), and galantamine/galanthamine (Reminyl).
Behavior disturbances may improve with medication.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/6/2014
Nestor Galvez-Jimenez, MD
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
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