Dr. Tariot shares the most common side effects associated with Alzheimer's disease treatments.
So, of the two classes, the colon esterase inhibitors, there are three of those that are used, the most likely side effect with those is upset stomach, could even include nausea, vomiting, loose bowel movements, gas in either direction. The reason that happens is because the medicine is giving instructions to the brain but also the intestines, telling the intestines to contract more and release more water. It’s not dangerous that some people get those symptoms, maybe a quarter or so.
That’s the most common one with the colon esterase inhibitors with Memantine or it’s also known as Namenda, completely different side effect profile. Low risk of dizziness, headache, and constipation. Some people can actually feel like they are a little more confused, a little spacey, but that’s pretty rare.
About Dr. Tariot:
Dr. Pierre Tariot is board-certified in internal medicine and geriatric psychiatry at Banner Alzheimer’s Institute. He has devoted his career to helping thousands of patients and families cope with dementia. He is also a world leader in the development of new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of memory loss.
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