Alzheimer's Disease - Treatments

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What treatment and management options are available for Alzheimer's disease patients?

The management of Alzheimer's disease consists of medication based and non-medication based treatments. Two different classes of pharmaceuticals are approved by the FDA for treating Alzheimer's disease: cholinesterase inhibitors and partial glutamate antagonists. Neither class of drugs has been proven to slow the rate of progression of Alzheimer's disease. Nonetheless, many clinical trials suggest that these medications are superior to placebos (sugar pills) in relieving some symptoms.

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Comment from: Joycie, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: January 10

My husband was told he had Alzheimer's and the doctor told us to start preparing for the future. They did an APOE 3/4 blood test. He was still working and had to take a lower pay because he could not do math on contracts. He was in the 1st stage. After being on Aricept and then Namenda 4 years he seemed to get some better. He still drives some but I do most of the driving. He gets very angry at nothing and tells me that I have Alzheimer's and he takes the meds. This all started 1992.

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Comment from: Marilyn, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: September 28

My husband was diagnosed about 3 years ago with Alzheimer's disease. In the past year or so he gets confused with me. He talks to me in the 3rd person and tells me everything that has happened when I was with him. I still work and he is at home with our dog. He calls me every morning between 8:30 and 9:00. When I am not at work he stills insists on phoning me. He has always been a very happy man, but recently has started being very argumentative and gets annoyed easily.

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