Is there a cure for vascular dementia?

Dr. Stephen T. Chen, MD
Geriatric Medicine Specialist

There is no cure for vascular dementia, and no Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medication to treat it. However, research suggests that certain medicines may improve memory or thinking skills, at least temporarily, in people with vascular dementia. These medicines include:

  • donepezil (Aricept)
  • rivastigmine (Exelon)
  • memantine (Namenda)

While doctors may not yet be able to cure or effectively treat vascular dementia, it is important to try to treat any psychiatric symptoms that may occur. For example, depression is quite common in vascular dementia. It is typically treated with antidepressants.

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