Dementia Medication Overview (cont.)
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Drugs within the class known as N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) blockers include memantine (Namenda), which has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of moderate-to-severe Alzheimer disease. After NMDA blockers are started, a notable improvement in basic activities of daily living (for example, eating, grooming, dressing) is noted. This drug can be used in combination with existing AChE inhibitors. Although observed effects will be modest, these improvements significantly aid caregivers, such as nursing home personnel or family members, in their interactions with these patients.
Richard J Caselli, MD
Mary L Windle, PharmD
Nicholas Y Lorenzo, MD
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Helmi L Lutsep, MD
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