Medication Review


During a clinic visit, patients undergoing an evaluation by our providers may be seen by a pharmacist. If you or a loved one has questions about Alzheimer's disease medications and would like to get information on obtaining a medication review, please call (813) 974-4355.

Several prescription drugs are currently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat people who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Treating the symptoms of AD can provide patients with comfort, dignity, and independence for a longer period of time and can encourage and assist caregivers as well. It is important to understand that none of these medications stops the disease itself.


Medications for Alzheimer's Disease


Aricept Razadyne and
Razadyne ER

(Extended Release)
Exelon Namenda
Type of Drug These three drugs are Cholinesterase inhibitors. This drug is an NMDA receptor antagonist.
Generic name Donepezil HCI Galantamine Rivastigmine Memantine HCI
Pharmaceutical Company Pfizer Ortho McNeil Novartis Forest
Initial dose 5 mg once daily 4mg twice daily
or
ER-8 mg once daily
Maximum dose 10mg once daily 12 mg twice daily
or
ER-24 mg once daily
6 mg twice daily
or
9.5 mg/24hr patch
10mg twice daily
When taken AM or PM with a meal With AM & PM meals
ER- in AM only
with AM & PM meal AM and PM
Patch: change daily
AM and PM
Most common side effects Nausea, diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, muscle cramps, slow heart beat, and vivid dreams Nausea, diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, muscle cramps, and slow heart beat Nausea, diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, muscle cramps, and slow heart beat
Patch: skin irritation or rash
Dizziness, temporary confusion, headache, constipation
What stage of the disease? Mild to Severe
Alzheimer's Disease
Mild to Moderate
Alzheimer's Disease
Mild to Moderate
Alzheimer's Disease
Moderate to Severe
Alzheimer's Disease
Goal of treatment All of these drugs slow down the progression of memory loss but do not reverse the Alzheimer's process altogether.
Comments Aricept, Razadyne and Exelon are the same type of drugs and you should only take one. However, any one of these can be used in combination with Namenda. Talk to your doctor before changing doses or stopping the medications.