Donepezil, galantamine, rivastigmine and memantine are recommended as possible treatments for some people with Alzheimer's disease.
moderate Alzheimer's disease and cannot take donepezil, galantamine or rivastigmine or
severe Alzheimer's disease.
When assessing the severity of your Alzheimer's disease and the treatment needed, healthcare professionals should take into account any disabilities or difficulties in communicating that you might have.
Healthcare professionals should only prescribe these medicines on the advice of a clinician who has experience with Alzheimer's disease. This may be a doctor (such as a psychiatrist or your GP) or other healthcare professional (such as a nurse with special training).
You should only continue to take these medicines while you, your doctors and your family or carers agree they are having a worthwhile effect on your symptoms. You should have regular check-ups while taking any of these medicines.
If you have Alzheimer's disease, and your doctor thinks that donepezil, galantamine, rivastigmine or memantine is the right treatment, you should be able to have the treatment on the NHS.
Donezepil, galantamine, rivastigmine and memantine should have been available on the NHS since 2011.