Understanding Alzheimer Disease Medications (cont.)
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Medications for Alzheimer's Disease
There is no cure for Alzheimer's, but number of different drugs are in use to treat the disease's symptoms. They target a couple different mechanisms in the brain and nervous system that lead to Alzheimer's-related dementia. Some drugs reduce the amount of enzyme that breaks down a crucial neurotransmitter chemical, while other drugs target the nerve cell receptors themselves.
A number of existing medications and supplements are also under study. Scientists hope these substances can someday prove useful in combating Alzheimers.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/1/2014
Mary L Windle, PharmD
Nicholas Y Lorenzo, MD
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Selim R Benbadis, MD
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