In this video, Dr. Gayatri Devi, board-certified neurologist and author of The Spectrum of Hope: An Optimistic and New Approach to Alzheimer’s Disease, discusses the medications used to treat Alzheimer’s. There are two major classes of medication—the first promotes brain cell health and includes the medication Namenda…the second class increases levels of certain chemicals within the brain, and includes Aricep, Rivastigmine, Galantamine and the Exelon patch. Dr. Devi notes that this latter class is more likely to cause side effects, including nightmares, upset stomach, loose bowels, runny nose, metallic taste in the mouth and leg cramps. To reduce side effects, patients should start with the smallest doses possible.
To learn more from Dr. Devi, visit her website or purchase her latest book, The Spectrum of Hope: An Optimistic and New Approach to Alzheimer’s Disease.