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Friday, July 29, 2011



I was so happy to see that the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Paris this year presented a symposium which highlighted the increasing evidence of functional and cognitive benefits seen when patients with Alzheimer's are taking a combination of one of the cholinesterase inhibitors (Aricept, Exelon or Razadyne), plus Namenda. The experts concluded that this combination is the best option we have today to help preserve cognitive and functional abilities, and studies are on-going to see at just what stage this combination intervention is most beneficial and for how long. So, if your loved one is on one of these medications, ask the physician to add the other for an increased benefit. These two types of drugs work in completely different ways in the brain, and they are both more effective together than either one is when used alone.
Also, something I recently learned is that a person can build up somewhat of a tolerance to the cholinesterase inhibitors over a period of years, so it may be beneficial to bump up the dose if they're not already at the maximum dose.


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