Pharmacology interventions are often central to improve the symptoms or delay the progression of dementia syndromes. Although it is important to remember that antidementia medication is not a cure for dementia.
Typically, the medication used for patients with early signs of Alzheimer’s dementia in particular are a group of medications known as acetyl cholinesterase inhibitors. These include Donepezil (Aricept), Rivastigmine and Galantamine which have no major differences.
How will Antidementia Medication Help?
Antidementia medication may help to stabilise the illness or improve the symptoms for a while.
Dementia medication can sometimes help improve memory as well as alertness and motivation.
How effective Is Antidementia Medication?
Studies have shown that 40–50% of people who have taken these drugs have shown some improvement or stabilisation of their condition over a period of six months.
How Is Antidementia Medication Started?
Following a comprehensive assessment by Dr Chandrashekar Basavaraj and his team, including blood tests, formal assessments of memory skills and scans to rule out any treatable causes for the memory problems we will decide if an antidementia medication is appropriate.
Patients are initially started on a low dose of these medications and they will take at least 4 weeks to show their full effect at the starting dose. A review is then required after the initial prescription at around 4 months.
Further information is available along with the medication prescribed.
Dr Basavaraj is able prescribe your medication and have it delivered to your chosen address without the need for you to attend a pharmacist. Summerfield Memory Assessment Centre works with a leading Pharmacy company to ensure that your medication is dispensed and delivered safely.
As we are a private service, prescription charges would apply which you will be informed of prior to any medication being issued. This charge will be payable direct to the Pharmacy.
Contact Our Team
Dr Chandrashekar Basavaraj
A consultant psychiatrist on the GMC specialist register in old age psychiatry Dr Chandrashekar Basavaraj has special recognition of his experience in dealing with mental illness in the elderly admitted on medical/surgical wards (Liaison Old Age Psychiatry endorsement). Dr Basavaraj works in Cwm Taf University Health Board in South Wales and teaches/trains junior doctors and medical students locally (Cardiff university).
Dr Basavaraj has mastered specialist skills in assessment, diagnosis and medication treatment of dementia, anxiety, depression, phobias and psychotic disorders in the elderly. His approach towards assessing older people is friendly and open. Due to the lack of information and taboo associated with mental illness and dementia Dr Basavaraj believes in a collaborative environment, allowing carers sufficient time to ask questions and express concerns during assessments.
Dr Basavaraj is approved under Section 12(2) of the mental health act 1983 as having special experience in assessment and management of mental disorders. He carries out fitness to drive assessments in conjunction with a psychologist and makes recommendations to DVLA regarding a person’s fitness to drive post diagnosis of dementia. Dr Basavaraj prepares Court of Protection (COP3) documents enabling patients to identify and formalise a Power of Attorney to make decisions about their finances and health.
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