Are there better medications for Alzheimer's patients?

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Are there any anti-anxiety medications for Alzheimer's patients with Lewy body dementia that are in the moderate stage and having hallucinations, paranoia and agitation issues that do not leave the patients just wiped out?

Expert Answer

Ladislav Volicer, M.D., Ph.D., is recognized as an international expert on advanced dementia care. He is a courtesy full professor at the School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida, Tampa, and visiting professor at the Third Medical Faculty, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. Twenty-five years ago, he established one of the first dementia special care units.

Anti-anxiety medications would probably not help somebody who has paranoia and hallucinations. Treatment of these conditions requires use of antipsychotics to which individuals with Lewy bodies dementia are very sensitive. Therefore, it is important to use very low doses and medications with fewer side-effects, such as quetiapine (Seroquel).