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Q. Is there a cure for Alzheimer's?


Updated: May 25, 2006

A. At the present time there is no treatment to cure or stop the progress of this disease. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration has approved five drugs that may temporarily relieve some of the symptoms, they are:
Donepezil (Aricept)
tacrine (Cognex)
galantamine (Razadyne, changed from the trade name Reminyl June 2005)
Rivastigmine (Exelon)
memantine (Namenda).

There are a number of treatments and therapies that can help with sleep disturbance, agression, depression and other behavioral problems. Help is also available to maintain cognitive function over the short term and help that enriches lives of people with Alzheimer’s disease.

There is a lot of research underway. Pharmaceutical companies, the Alzheimer Association and governments are funding research. Each year brings progress. It is hoped that in the coming years more improvements in treatment and care and an eventual cure will eradicate this disease.

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