Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center

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

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved four drugs to treat AD. For people with mild or moderate AD, donepezil (Aricept®), rivastigmine (Exelon®), or galantamine (Razadyne®) may help maintain cognitive abilities and help control certain behavioral symptoms for a few months to a few years. Donepezil can be used for severe AD, too. Another drug, memantine (Namenda®), is used to treat moderate to severe AD. However, these drugs don’t stop or reverse AD and appear to help patients only for months to a few years. Please consult your doctor if you have specific questions about drugs and side effects. Learn more about treatment »

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