The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two types of medications to treat cognitive symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. When clinically indicated, these drugs can help manage symptoms associated with the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. The two types of medications are:
- Cholinesterase inhibitors, which support communication among nerve cells. Examples include: Aricept®, Exelon® (patch or pill)
- Memantine, which works by regulating the activity of glutamate, a messenger chemical involved in learning and memory. Example: Namenda®
Alternative Sources for Discounted Medications
Note: When purchasing prescription drugs online, patients should exercise caution. The FDA offers pointers on its website: fda.gov. Many pharmaceutical companies also offer discounts on their medications. Listed below are places to get additional information.
Sometimes, specific drug-makers offer discounts on certain drugs. For help specifically with paying for Alzheimer’s and dementia medications, see the following chart:
|Medication Name||Generic||Drug Company||Phone|
|Namzaric®||Memantine & Donepezil||Allergan||(800) 851-0758|