What is Dementia?

Dementia is a condition in which there is a loss in cognitive ability. Memory, language, attention, and judgement are affected. Symptoms include forgetfulness, difficulty learning new things, agitation, and inability to care for oneself.

Treatments for dementia include medication, treating conditions that may cause dementia, and assistance with daily activities. Common drug classes used to treat symptoms of dementia include typical antipsychotics and ergot derivatives.

Savings Tips for Dementia

  • 10 Best Ways to Prevent Dementia

    March 22, 2016

    The most feared medical condition in folks over 55? Dementia—specifically Alzheimer’s dementia—according to multiple surveys. Cancer is a distant second.

    The majority of dementia cases are Alzheimer’s dementia (AD), yet there is currently no easy way to screen for AD. Neuropsychological testing is still the gold standard (this is testing that takes a few hours with a neuropsychologist). Genetic tests are available but only for the rarer early onset form (a small percentage of dementia cases). See More

  • Generic Namenda Is (Finally) in Pharmacies

    July 22, 2015

    After a long, complicated path, Alzheimers prescription Namenda finally has a generic in the form of memantine. Memantine is now in pharmacies—though for a while it looked like there might never be a generic Namenda at all.

    First came the announcement in 2014 that Forest Pharmaceuticals was discontinuing Namenda and replacing it with Namenda XR.

    Why the discontinuation? There were no safety or effectiveness concerns with the regular-release Namenda—but the patent expired in mid-2015, making a generic possible. See More

  • Recall: Erogloid Mesylates Tablets

    May 08, 2015

    Mutual Pharmaceuticals has issued a voluntary recall of several lots of ergoloid mesylates 1 mg tablets. Ergoloid mesylates are indicated for the treatment of patients who show signs and symptoms of decline in mental ability including skills of daily living, mood, self-care, or motivation, particularly patients with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

    This is a class II recall, the most common type of recall, which means that there is a situation where use of the recalled product may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences, but the probability of serious adverse effects is remote. See More

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Popular Dementia Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Cholinesterase Inhibitors 14 See Prices
NMDA Receptor Antagonists 24 See Prices
NK1 Receptor Antagonists 310 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

Dementia Drug Classes

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