There are four specific medicines licensed to treat Alzheimer's dementia, three of these are acetylcholinesterase inhibitors (Donepezil, Galantamine and Rivastigmine) and the fourth is an NMDA Receptor Agonist (Memantine).

None of these medicines can cure dementia, but they may help with slowing down the advancement and process of the disease and may also help reduce some symptoms.

Information for Patients: Leaflets on medicines in dementia

Alzheimer's Society drugs for BPSD

NICE Guidance on Medicines in Dementia

British National Formulary (BNF) - Dementia

RCPsych: Advice on dementia and memory problems

RCPsych: Advice on Alzheimer's treatment

General information