Anticholinesterase medication for dementia is prescribed where appropriate.
After diagnosis, Memory Assessment Service staff, or your GP, will discuss the opportunity to commence dementia treatment with you, and the potential benefits and side effects are discussed in detail. This includes a discussion about when and how to administer the medication.
If you agree to commence dementia treatment there will be a planned follow-up appointment made to review this treatment, which could be with a memory assessment practitioner or your GP.
For extra information, evidence and best practice please scroll down to the bottom of the page.
MSNAP Memory Assessment Service Standards
NICE Dementia Guidance
We have provided links to the NICE guideline for dementia and a further link is provided to guidance on how to delay or prevent the onset of dementia.
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) NG16 (2015) Dementia, disability and frailty in later life – mid-life approaches to delay or prevent onset: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng16
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) (2019) Dementia: assessment, management and support for people living with dementia and their carers: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng97
- The service provides, or can signpost/refer on to services that will offer information, advice and support to assess and manage pharmacological treatment.
- Patients and carers are involved in medication reviews and are included in discussions about purpose, expected outcomes, interactions, limitations and side effects of their medications, to enable them to make an informed choice and to self-manage as far as possible.
- The three acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitors donepezil, galantamine and rivastigmine as monotherapies are recommended as options for managing mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease.
- The aims of treatment are to promote independence, maintain function and treat symptoms including cognitive, non-cognitive (hallucinations, delusions, anxiety, marked agitation and associated aggressive behaviour), behavioural and psychological symptoms.
Best Practice Resources
Alzheimer's Society, Drug treatments for Alzheimer's disease: - https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/about-dementia/treatments/drugs/drug-treatments-alzheimers-disease
NICE, Donepezil, galantamine, rivastigmine and memantine for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease: - https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ta217/resources/donepezil-galantamine-rivastigmine-and-memantine-for-alzheimers-disease-pdf-548564219845