Alzheimer’s disease has no cure but can be controlled with right lifestyle choices and medication. Although most medications like cholinesterase inhibitors or memantine drugs can reduce the signs and symptoms, there is only one licensed disease-modifying immunotherapy drug Aducanumab that can treat Alzheimer’s disease by reducing the plaque in the brain. Aducanumab has proven beneficial for early onset and mild cognitive conditions.
If you are showing mild symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, your doctor may prescribe you Donepezil, Galantamine or Rivastigmine that are three most common cholinesterase inhibitors. Your doctor may also prescribe you Memantine if you show moderate to severe symptoms.
Some doctors may also prescribe medications that are licensed but available in markets to treat other diseases. Such medicines can only reduce the symptoms to ease you out.
The best treatment for Alzheimer’s disease is a mix of medicines and palliative care. Though the medicines can reduce the symptoms, a large number of needs remain unmet. Palliative care supports you and your family with physical, spiritual, mental and social needs that otherwise remain unmet always. Although palliative care is available, not many with Alzheimer’s disease are able to take benefits of it. Many people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families do not know about palliative care, and even if they know, some find it an expensive activity to opt for.
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