Parkinson Disease Dementia (cont.)
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Parkinson's Disease Dementia Medical Treatment and Medications
There is no specific therapy for dementia in Parkinson's disease. Although cognitive symptoms initially may appear to respond to drugs that promote dopamine production, the improvement is mild and transient in contrast to the early responses to motor control improvement with medication in patients with Parkinson's disease.
Parkinson's disease dementia medications
Various medications are used to treat the movement disorders of Parkinson's disease, some may exacerbate symptoms related to dementia.
The dementia of Parkinson's disease may respond to drugs used in patients with Alzheimer's disease. However, these drugs, called cholinesterase inhibitors (such as donepezil [Aricept], rivastigmine [Exelon], galantamine [Reminyl]), lead to only small and temporary improvements in cognition.
Mood disorders and psychoses are usually treated with other medication(s).
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/30/2014
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