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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Lewy Body Phrase for 10-18: Drugs and Sensitivity

No drug can cure LBD but some can treat its symptoms.
  • Dementia drugs work to improve cognition and other LBD symptoms.
LBD can cause a person to be super-sensitive to certain drugs.
  • Which drugs are "Lewy-sensitive" for each person is very individual.
  • Lewy-sensitive drugs act as though the person had a much larger dose than normal, with often severe results.
Behavior management drugs are often Lewy-sensitive. Use very carefully if at all.

Drugs for other symptoms should be reviewed for Lewy-sensitivity before use. (LBDA Medications Glossary)

All drugs should be started in the smallest dose possible, increased until they do the job or cause problems, and stopped when no longer needed.

For more information about Lewy body disorders, read our books:
A Caregivers’ Guide to Lewy Body Dementia
Managing Cognitive Issues in Parkinson's and Lewy Body Dementia

Helen and James Whitworth are not doctors, lawyers or social workers. As informed caregivers, they share the information here for educational purposes only. It should never be used instead of a professional's advice.

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