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Alzheimer's Disease: Treatment Approaches

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  • Alzheimer's Disease: Treatment Approaches

    There is no drug available to prevent or cure Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The only treatment approach to managing patients is symptom control. The FDA-approved drugs for AD work by modulating neurotransmitters, either acetylcholine or glutamate, and include acetylcholinesterase inhibitors (AcHEI) and partial N-methyl-D-aspartate antagonists. Current treatment options do not cure AD, stop or reverse the disease process, or prolong life. The available medications may only reduce symptoms for a period of time before the disease eventually progresses. Primary goals of treatment include symptom management and preserving the patient's function for as long as possible.  A variety of potential therapies have been proposed for AD. These include anti-inflammatory agents, lipid-lowering agents, vitamin E therapy, estrogen therapy, ginkgo biloba, huperzine alpha, and polyphenols. Although current evidence is mostly conflicting, further studies are needed to clarify the role of these agents.

    InstructorGuy Annunziata, DC, BCN
    About the InstructorDr. Guy Annunziata has been practicing chiropractic since 1992 and has taught continuing education seminars throughout the world for the past 20 years.
    Subject BreakdownAfter studying the information presented here, you will be able to: Describe the approved drugs used to treat patients with AD List the available drug treatments for secondary features of AD Discuss supplements and nonpharmacologic interventions used in managing symptoms of AD Review emerging therapies and areas of research for AD
    Total Credits1.00
    FormatDistance - On-demand
    Co-sponsor or PartnerNone
    • PACE Provider: DC Hours
    • Course ID: 7286
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