Common Medications and Treatments for Alzheimer’s

There is no complete cure for Alzheimer’s, but some memory loss medications help delay progression symptoms.

Drug Category How the Medication Works
Cholinesterase Inhibitors Increases the levels of acetylcholine in the brainReduces the progression of symptoms by 6 to 12 months
Memantine Treats the cognitive symptoms (memory loss, confusion and problems with thinking and reasoning)
Vitamin E This antioxidant is thought to protect nerve cells from damage.High doses are prescribed for cognitive changeUsually combined with other medications


Other memory loss medications can be used to treat associated symptoms.

Drug Category How the Medication Works
Antidepressants Treats irritability and mood swings
Anxiolytics Treats restlessness and anxiety
Antipsychotics Treats hallucinations, delusions, agitation and aggression