Peterson 2017 there are several possible medications that patients could be on

Peterson 2017 there are several possible medications

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Peterson (2017) there are several possible medications that patients could be on that could cause reversible effects of dementia that include anticholinergics, antipsychotics, benzodiazepines, and histamine blockers. To treat the disease itself, one would prescribe medications such as cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine (Arcangelo & Peterson, 2017). Some of the cholinesterase inhibitors include Aricept, Exelon, and Razadyne (Arcangelo & Peterson, 2017). When used in conjunction, the cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine help to prolong the disease as long as possible thereby giving the patient greater quality of life and functionality. It is currently unknown how long this treatment will continue to be of benefit to these patients, however once the disease reaches it’s inevitable conclusion most prescribers will remove the medications due to lack of beneficial therapeutics and cost of maintenance (Arcangelo & Peterson, 2017). The cholinesterase inhibitors have been shown to slow the progression of AD (Arcangelo & Peterson, 2017). These medications have also had positive effects on the noncognitive or behavioral symptoms of AD (Arcangelo & Peterson, 2017). They have been shown to reduce apathy, psychosis, anxiety, depression, and agitation (Arcangelo & Peterson, 2017). Dementia and Age Senior citizens are most affected by this disease process, but it can afflict those that are younger as well. Being elderly down not predispose one to this disease process, however there are risk factors that cannot be changed such as family history, Down Syndrome, age, and mild cognitive impairments. Risk factors that can be changed to either lessen the chances of acquiring the disease or stop it completely include alcohol use, depression, diabetes, cardiovascular risk factors, smoking, and sleep apnea.
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