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Dementia in ALS Topic Guide

Dementia in ALS Dementia in ALS:

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) affects the voluntary nervous system that causes muscles to weaken, leading progressively to paralysis and death, usually within five years of the first symptoms. ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, usually doesn't cause cognitive impairment, but is sometimes accompanied by dementia due to destruction of cells in the frontal lobe of the brain.

Dementia in ALS Topic Guide - Visuals

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Dementia in ALS Topic Guide - Medications and Vitamins

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fluoxetine and olanzapine Fluoxetine And Olanzapine

Fluoxetine is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Olanzapine is an antipsychotic medication. These...learn more »

galantamine Galantamine

Galantamine improves the function of nerve cells in the brain. It works by preventing the breakdown of a chemical called acetylcholine (ah see til KO leen). ...learn more »

rivastigmine Rivastigmine

Rivastigmine improves the function of nerve cells in the brain. It works by preventing the breakdown of a chemical that is important for the processes of mem...learn more »

citalopram (oral) Citalopram (oral)

Citalopram is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

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donepezil (oral) Donepezil (oral)

Donepezil improves the function of nerve cells in the brain. It works by preventing the breakdown of a chemical called acetylcholine (ah SEET il KOE leen). ...learn more »

olanzapine (injection) Olanzapine (injection)

Olanzapine is an antipsychotic medication that affects chemicals in the brain...learn more »

riluzole Riluzole

Riluzole works by decreasing your body's levels of glutamate, an amino acid that affects nerves that send messages from your brain to your muscles. People w...learn more »

gabapentin Gabapentin

Gabapentin is an anti-epileptic drug, also called an anticonvulsant. It affects chemicals and nerves in the body that are involved in the cause of seizures ...learn more »

paroxetine Paroxetine

Paroxetine is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Paroxetine affects chemicals in the brain that m...learn more »

sertraline Sertraline

Sertraline is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Sertraline affects chemicals in the brain that m...learn more »

dopamine (injection) Dopamine (injection)

Dopamine is a medication form of a substance that occurs naturally in the body. It works by improving the pumping strength of the heart and improves blood f...learn more »