Expert Video - What medications are used to treat Alzheimer's disease?

In this video, Alzheimer's disease expert Richard Isaacson, MD, discusses the four US Food and Drug Administration-approved prescription medications that are currently used to treat people with Alzheimer's disease. He describes both acetylcholinesterase inhibitors and memantine and discusses the stage of Alzheimer's when they may be given. Dr. Isaacson also talks about how these medications affect progressive brain decline, how much improvement patients and caregivers can expect, possible side effects, and the hope for new medications from ongoing research into Alzheimer's disease.

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