Symptoms And Treatment Of Alzheimer 's Disease

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Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s there are ways to treat this disease. Certain medications may help lessen the symptoms, such as memory loss and confusion but only for a limited amount of time. The Food and Drug Administration have approved the following types of medications: cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine, both of these medications treat the cognitive symptoms of Alzheimer 's disease. (Office) Unfortunately, as Alzheimer’s advances the patient’s brain cells progressively die and connections among the cells are lost. This in turn causes his or her cognitive symptoms to worsen. As previously stated, current medications cannot stop the damage Alzheimer’s causes to the brain cells but some may help lessen or stabilize symptoms for a limited time. These medications affect certain chemicals involved in relaying messages among the brain 's nerve cells causing the symptoms to better for a certain amount of time. At times doctors may even prescribe high doses of vitamin E to act as another aid to the medications. Primarily, Cholinesterase inhibitors are prescribed to the patient to treat symptoms having to do with memory, thinking, language, judgment and other thought processes- the Cognitive symptoms. Cholinesterase inhibitors prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine. When that happens it supports communication among nerve cells by keeping the levels of acetylcholine high. This medication is generally well tolerated by those who take it. However, if side effects do
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