What are the first steps after an initial diagnoses of Alzheimer Disease?
After being diagnosed with Alzheimer disease, the first step is to find a neurologist who has experience treating others with Alzheimer disease and/or dementia. There are various Alzheimer Disease Centers throughout the United States. These centers have experts in Alzheimer disease who also do research related to Alzheimer disease. To see if there is a center near you, click here.
There is currently no cure for AD so symptoms are treated as they occur. There are medications that have been proven to help those with AD. The first drug discovered is tacrine but this can hurt the liver. Newer drugs have been discovered that do not damage the liver. These are
donepezil (Aricept®), rivastigmine (Exelon®), and galantamine. In moderate to severe Alzheimer Diseae memantine has worked. Antidepressant medication may also be recommended for people with AD who have depression or other mental health concerns.
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Is there a treatment for Alzheimer Disease?
As of June 2016, there is no treatment that can cure or prevent Alzheimer Disease. Certain symptoms do have treatments available. Some drugs have been shown to improve symptoms of depression, behavioral changes, or cognitive decline. Donepezil, rivastigmine, galantamine, and memantine have been used in patients with Alzheimer Disease. Your neurologist can help you select the right medication for you based on your symptoms. Sometimes vitamins and other over the counter remedies are recommended.