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Alzheimers Disease Alzheimers disease is an illness of the brain It causes the brain to lose nerve cells leading to problems with memory thinking feeling and everyday living Alzheimers disease can affect you in many ways It can affect the way you think and how you act It can affect your mood and even how you talk and move Many people mistake the early symptoms of Alzheimers disease especially memory loss as a normal part of aging and therefore do not seek help Although it is not yet known how to prevent Alzheimers disease its symptoms can be treated There are medications that can be taken to help treat the symptoms of Alzheimers However if a person takes to many medications there is an increased risk of having an adverse reaction including confusion agitation sleepiness or sleeplessiness mood swings memory problems andor stomach upset While it may become necessary for a person to take medicine to treat the severe symptoms of Alzheimers Disease-- such as hallucinations or aggressive behavior-- some of these medications can worsen other symptoms of the disease For example Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation 1997-2003 Some drugs such as tranquilizers can cause confusion increased memory impairment and slowed reactions which can lead to falls Certain medicines to treat depression particularly Elavil nortryptiline can cause sedation These drugs also can react with medicines used to treat alzheimers disease including Cognex tacrine and Aricept donepezil Some medicine used to treat hallucinations can cause sedation confusion and drops in blood pressure They also can react with medicines used to treat Alzheimers disease It is important that if you have Alzheimers that you talk to your doctor about all the side affects of any treatment options Also discuss what side effects there are for some over the counter medicines Over-the-counter medicines may also react with medicines that are being taken for Alzheimers disease Some common symptoms of Alzheimers disease stated in an article
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