Sadly, current therapies cannot halt or prevent Alzheimer's though some can slow its progression. Therapies considered for treatment or potential prevention include the following:
- A wide array of medications is used to handle depression, anxiety and severe agitation or psychotic behavior in Alzheimer's patients.
- Ginkgo Biloba, a Chinese herbal remedy that has anti oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Ginkgo raises the risk of bleeding problems, especially when combined with other drugs and supplements that affect clotting, such as heart medications, aspirin and substantial does of vitamin E.
- Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), which have shown promise in preventing Alzheimer.
- Estrogen replacement therapy has so far proven disappointing for treatment. But it may prove to be more promising in preventing the disease.
- Vitamin E, which may help slow the progress of symptoms when taken in doses raging from 400 IU to 1600 IU . Experts do not know the optimal amount to take and doses at the high end of that range can cause bleeding complications.
- Selegiline (Eldepryl)), an anti oxidant first approved for treating Parkinson's disease that raises level of certain neurotransmitters and may retard symptom progression.
- Tacrine (Cognex), Donepezil (Aricept), Galantamine (Reminyl) and Rivastigmine (Exelon), which aim to improve memory by boosting levels of acetylcholine