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FAQs: Are there any drugs available to treat Alzheimer's?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved several drugs to treat Alzheimer's disease. For people with mild or moderate Alzheimer's, donepezil (Aricept®), rivastigmine (Exelon®), or galantamine (Razadyne®) may help delay or prevent cognitive symptoms from getting worse for a limited time and may help control some behavioral symptoms. The FDA has also approved donepezil, memantine (Namenda®), and Namzaric® (a combination of memantine and donepezil) for the treatment of moderate to severe Alzheimer’s. However, none of these drugs stops or reverses Alzheimer's. Please consult your doctor if you have specific questions about drugs and side effects. Learn more about treatment.

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