Dementia With Lewy Bodies Topic Guide
Lewy Bodies Dementia (LBD): Dementia with Lewy bodies or Lewy body dementia is the name for a group of in which dementia is caused by the presence of Lewy bodies in the brain. The cause of formations of Lewy bodies in the brain is not known. Symptoms of dementia with lewy bodies include recent loss of memory, difficulty conentrating or paying attention, misperceptions of space and time, the inability to think or reason, anbnormal movements of Parkinson's disease, depression, delusions, agitation, and unexplained fainting. Treatment of dementia with Lewy bodies is focused on lifestyle changes, care for the individual with dementia with Lewy bodies, and medicaiton to manage symptoms.
Dementia Medication Overview There is no good way to treat the progressive condition of dementia, but several different classes of medications can improve the symptoms and slow the patient's decline, especially if paired with diet and lifestyle changes. Drug classes include acetylcholinesterase inhibitors, N-methyl-D-aspartate blockers, and experimental amyloid deposit inhibitors. Antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs can help with problematic behavioral changes.