Drug Treatments for Dementia
Sadly, no cure exists for this condition, but a handful of medicines has been developed to help slow its progress. The drug treatments initially were designed specifically to help people with Alzheimer’s disease, but some specialists use them in people with a mixture of Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia.
The following table shows the four available drugs, the method of taking them, and the most common side effects to look out for.
|Name||Method of Taking||Most Common Side Effects|
|Donepezil (Aricept)||Ordinary tablets
|Upset stomach, headaches, agitation, hallucinations, fatigue,
|Galantamine (Reminyl)||Ordinary tablets
|Upset stomach, indigestion, poor appetite, weight loss,
headache, dizziness, hallucinations, high blood pressure and slow
|Upset stomach, poor appetite, weight loss, headache, dizziness,
drowsiness, nervousness, tremor, confusion, insomnia, slow pulse,
symptoms of Parkinson’s disease
|Memantine (Ebixa)||Ordinary tablets
|Constipation, raised blood pressure, headache, dizziness,
drowsiness, shortness of breath