Originally Posted by 9MARC
sorry to be ignorant but what does the drug aricept do ?
Aricept is the drug name for donepezil. There are at least 5 types of dementia drugs that could delay the symptoms 1 to 6 months. Some of them are aricept, namenda, exelon and etc. Usually it has side effects and it depends on the stage of the person. The following is some info. about this drug:
"Currently, there is no definitive proof that use of donepezil or other similar agents alters the course or progression of Alzheimer's disease. However, 6-12 month controlled studies have shown modest benefits in cognition and/or behavior. Pilot studies have reported that donepezil therapy may potentially have effects on markers of disease progression, such as hippocampal volume. Therefore, many neurologists, psychiatrists, and primary care physicians use donepezil in patients with Alzheimer's disease. In 2005, the UK National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) withdrew its recommendation for use of the drug for mild-to-moderate AD, on the basis that there is no significant improvement in functional outcome, of quality of life, or of behavioral symptoms. However, NICE revised its guidelines to suggest that donepezil be used in moderate stage patients for whom the evidence is strongest. It is currently not licensed for use in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease in the UK at any other stage."
But you need to know that these drugs may not work out well. My FIL who has stage 7 Alzheimer's had taken these kind of drugs for 18 months. But in the end, it is the side effects that made the doctor drop the drugs. Now he no longer takes it. He takes antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs now. He could not take aricept because it gave him loss of appetite. He had namenda and exelon but the doctor stopped them due to too much confusion in the morning.