Pick Disease (cont.)
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Even though Pick disease is not reversible, treatment can slow the progression of symptoms in some people. Relieving symptoms can improve function significantly. Some of the important treatment strategies in dementia are described here.
Behavior disorders such as agitation and aggression may improve with various interventions. Some interventions focus on helping the individual adjust or control his or her behavior. Others focus on helping caregivers and other family members change the person’s behavior. These approaches sometimes work better when combined with drug treatment.
The symptoms of Pick disease can sometimes be relieved, at least temporarily, by medication. Many different types of medications have been or are being tried in dementia. One group of drugs used in Alzheimer's disease, the cholinesterase inhibitors, has been tried in Pick disease.
Other drugs are being used in people with Pick disease. On the basis of what we know from research about the disease, these drugs may help.
Other, more experimental, treatments are being used by some specialists who treat Pick disease. These treatments are not widely accepted as helpful in the disease.
Certain drugs are used to treat specific symptoms or behavior changes.
Anna M Barrett, MD
Nestor Galvez-Jimenez, MD
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Helmi L Lutsep, MD