Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that causes a gradual and irreversible loss of higher brain functions, including memory, language skills, and perception of time and space, and eventually, loss of the ability to care for oneself. It is a devastating disease and those who suffer from it experience frustration, anger and fear as the disorder begins to strip away their abilities and memories.
Although there is no cure for this, there is a lot that can be done. Some drugs treat problems with mood, depression, and irritability. Those include citalopram (Celexa), fluoxetine (Prozac), and sertraline (Zoloft). For people who have anxiety or restlessness, medicines that can help include alprazolam (Niravam, Xanax),), lorazepam (Ativan) and oxazepam (Serax).Doctors might prescribe medications to ease confusion, aggression, agitation or hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that aren’t there). Options include aripiprazole (Abilify), haloperidol (Haldol), and olanzapine (Zyprexa).
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