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What medications are used to treat Lewy body disease?

David A. Merrill, MD
Psychiatry
If a person with Lewy body disease is experiencing psychotic symptoms, doctors might try an antipsychotic or neuroleptic medication. But people with Lewy body disease may have difficulties with side effects because people with the disorder are exquisitely sensitive to these medications.

For the neuropsychiatric (cognitive and behavioral) symptoms, there is a fair amount of evidence that particular cholinesterase inhibitors can help with the cognitive problems -- and even the behavioral problems -- of Lewy body dementia. The evidence is not as strong or extensive for other classes of psychiatric medications, but if the person has depression, an antidepressant may be prescribed to normalize sleep patterns.

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