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"Ongoing treatment matters," Porsteinsson says.

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On its own, however, Namenda may provide some benefits, according to the research. Namenda works on the brain differently than Aricept does. Still, the main goal of this research was to focus more on Aricept's effectiveness than Namenda's.

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"Continuing patients on Aricept once they've reached a fairly low level of [mental] function had some benefit, but this improvement was generally small in relation to the overall decline," says Davies via email. "Those on the drug did a little better, but the overall decline continued. The bottom line here is that these drugs don't do a whole lot."

These improvements, however, faded in the later stages of Alzheimer's.

Now a new study may provide some much needed clarity. Aricept can remain effective into the later stages of Prada Eyeglasses Womens Alzheimer's. Adding another drug called Namenda does little to improve these results, even though the combination is common practice.

William Thies, PhD, is the chief medical and scientific officer of the Alzheimer's Association. He says the results are not all that surprising. "Certainly, it reinforces the need for more research to create better therapies that have larger effects on the disease than both [Aricept and Namenda]," he says via email. "The resounding message from the quite modest benefits seen in the treatments tested in this study is that we desperately need better treatments for Alzheimer's; treatments with much larger benefits for those who take them; treatments that slow or stop the progression of the disease."

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"When should we stop?" is a question that comes up often from caregivers and loved ones of people with Alzheimer's disease who are being treated with Aricept and other Alzheimer's medicines. "We have this discussion on a regular basis with our patients," Porsteinsson says.

risks and benefits of the currently approved Alzheimer's medications," Thies says.

Aricept is the most widely prescribed medication in a class of Alzheimer's drugs known as cholinesterase inhibitors. Close to 50% of people stop taking it within a year because of side effects such as weight loss, agitation, and fainting, or because they no longer see Burberry Mini Crossbody - Check Wristlet

Longer Use of Alzheimer's Drug May Help Patients

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What to Do Next? Treating Late Stage Alzheimer's DiseaseUp until now, there was little evidence to support staying on Aricept. "If you stop treatment, they do worse," he says. "This substantiates that if someone is doing OK on Aricept and has no side effects, it makes sense to continue."

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Does this mean a person with Alzheimer's will remain independent for longer? It is too soon to say that, Porsteinsson tells WebMD. "What it means is that you stay at a higher level of [mental] function longer. This study didn't say whether it will keep you out of a nursing home."

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This raises the question of when to stop and what to do next.

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And in the study, those people who stayed on Aricept did better than those who stopped taking it. They scored higher on standard tests measuring their mental ability and also were better able to perform activities of daily living.

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And if they do stop Aricept, Namenda is still an option.

any improvements in their mental abilities.

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