Nervous system disorders

Alzheimer's disease

About Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia among older people. Dementia is a brain disorder that seriously affects a person's ability to carry out daily activities.

AD begins slowly. It first involves the parts of the brain that control thought, memory and language. People with AD may have trouble remembering things that happened recently or names of people they know. A related problem, mild cognitive impairment (MCI), causes more memory problems than normal for people of the same age. Many, but not all, people with MCI will develop AD.

In AD, over time, symptoms get worse. People may not recognize family members or have trouble speaking, reading or writing. They may forget how to brush their teeth or comb their hair. Later on, they may become anxious or aggressive, or wander away from home. Eventually, they need total care. This can cause great stress for family members who must care for them.

AD usually begins after age 60. The risk goes up as you get older. Your risk is also higher if a family member has had the disease.

No treatment can stop the disease. However, some drugs may help keep symptoms from getting worse for a limited time.

NIH: National Institute on Aging

Top Medications for Alzheimer's disease according to our users

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All Medications for Alzheimer's disease

  • Anti-Alzheimer's > Cholinesterase inhibitor

    • Aricept
      (Donepezil)
      Prescription only

      Aricept (Donepezil) works for all stages of dementia caused by Alzheimer's, but it can be expensive.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Dissolving tablet
      • Liquid
  • Anti-Alzheimer's > NMDA blocker

    • Namenda
      (Memantine)
      Prescription only

      Namenda (Memantine) is one of the few medications that can be used to treat moderate to severe dementia caused by Alzheimer's.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Liquid
      • Extended release
  • Acetylcholinesterase inhibitor > Cholinesterase inhibitor

    • Exelon
      (Rivastigmine)
      Prescription only

      Exelon (Rivastigmine) works for all stages of dementia caused by Alzheimer's, and the oral version is cheaper than the patch.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Liquid
      • Patch

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Medication side effects for Alzheimer's disease

These are some of the most common side effects from clinical trials for confusional state.

  • Namenda: 6%
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At this end, no one is expected to have confusional state

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At this end, almost everyone is expected to have confusional state

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Alzheimer's disease

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • The generic form of Aricept is a good drug for Dementia
What’s your best coping strategy?
  • Every day is a new day. Be calm around someone with Dementia.
Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • Mild exercise. Keep to a routine.
  • a brisk walk every morning