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Are cognitive enhancers useful for treating dementia?

Audrey K. Chun, MD
Geriatric Medicine

"Cognitive enhancers" are medications that interact with the brain chemicals or brain  receptors that may affect dementia. Currently, there 2 classes of these medications FDA-approved for use in the treatment of dementia. At best, they may stabilize or delay progression of the symptoms of dementia, but they are not cures.

It is important to discuss with your doctor the potential benefits along with the possible side effects and risks of these medicines prior to starting treatment.

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