Alzhgeimer's drug treatment 2-12-2011

Alzhgeimer's drug treatment 2-12-2011 - OTHER MEDICATIONS...

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DRUG TREATMENT All of the drugs used to combat Alzheimer’s are aimed at slowing down the progression of the disease. There are two types of medicine available: Donepezil(Aricept), Rivastigmine(Exelon), and Galantamine(Razadyne or Reminyl) a) These affect a chemical in the brain called Acetylcholine; some side effects include indigestion, diarrhea, loss of appatite, nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps, and fatigue Memantine(Namenda) a) This is used to decrease the abnormal activity of the brain.
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Unformatted text preview: OTHER MEDICATIONS Other types of medicine that may be needed are used to control aggressive, agitated, or dangerous behavior. These are usually given in low doses. It might be required that you stop using: • Painkillers • Cimetidine a) A drug used to treat ulcers • Central Nervous System depressants • Antihistamines a) A histamine antagonist • Sleeping pills *WARNING* DO NOT STOP OR CHANGE MEDICATION WITHOUT CONSULTING YOUR DOCTOR *WARNING*...
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