What is the Treatment of Psychosis Related to Dementia?

  • Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors are medications used to treat memory impairment.
  • They are commonly prescribed early in the management of dementia and include donepezil (Aricept ®), rivastigmine (Exelon ®) and galantamine (Reminyl ®)
  • Through research and clinical observations, it has been found that these medications may also be beneficial in treating some forms of psychosis.
  • If not already prescribed, acetylcholinesterase inhibitors should be considered.
  • In addition, antipsychotic therapy may also be necessary for treating dementia with psychosis.
  • Again, quetiapine and clozapine are considered the best antipsychotic medications for PD patients.


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Medical content reviewed by: Nina Browner, MD—Medical Director of the NPF Center of Excellence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in North Carolina and by Fernando Pagan, MD—Medical Director of the NPF Center of Excellence at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C.

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