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​​​​​​Slowing Down Disease Progression

Presently, there is no cure for dementia. There are, however, drugs that may help improve mental function, mood or behaviour and slow down the symptomatic progression of the disease.

Although slight improvements or stabilisation of symptoms can at times be seen, these ultimately do not put a stop to the disease or restore mental health. ​

​​​​​​​​​Consult Your Doctor

All medications have side effects. Consult your doctor or pharmacist on what they are. Do not make adjustments to your loved one’s medication routine without seeking medical advice first. Read about the medications used to relieve some symptoms of dementia here.

Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitors

  • ​Help maintain mental function
  • Primarily to treat mild to moderate stages of the disease although there is also evidence of effectiveness in advanced dementia ​

Memantine

  • Treat moderate to advanced stages of the disease
  • Alternative if patients cannot tolerate Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors
  • Can be used on its own or in combination with Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors

Antipsychotics, Antidepressants, Mood Stabilisers and Sedatives

  • Used to treat various challenging and disruptive behaviours such as anxiety, aggression, agitation and sleep problems
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