How is Lewy body dementia treated?

There is no cure for LBD. Medications and nonmedical therapies, like physical therapy, manage symptoms as much as possible.

Medications called cholinesterase inhibitors (Aricept®, Exelon®) help manage the cognitive symptoms of LBD. Symptoms of Parkinsonism, like tremors, are usually treated with levodopa, a drug commonly used to treat Parkinson’s disease.

You may also benefit from treatments like physical therapy or speech therapy. These treatments help retain physical function and improve muscle strength.

What complications are associated with Lewy body dementia?

People living with LBD often have increased sensitivity to antipsychotic medications, like risperidone (Risperdal®). For many people, these types of medications make movement problems (Parkinsonism) worse. Other medications, like antidepressants or sedative antihistamines, may increase confusion in people with LBD. Because LBD is a progressive disease, difficulties with mind and body functions get worse over time. Currently, there is no known way to stop the progression of the disease.

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