Revista Colombiana de Psiquiatría
Print version ISSN 0034-7450
CANO GUTIERREZ, Carlos Alberto. Treatment of Dementia. rev.colomb.psiquiatr. [online]. 2007, vol.36, suppl.1, pp. 157-174. ISSN 0034-7450.
Introduction: Population is growing older due to the overall growth of life expectancy and the medical treatment now available for conditions with high mortality rate. Such is the case of dementia, an illness that affects not only the individual but also his family and his environment. Objective: To indicate the best possible treatment taking into account the type of dementia, its severity and the presence of other illnesses. Method: After classifying the type of dementia and its clinical manifestations, non-pharmacological therapies, symptomatic pharmacological treatment, specifi c pharmacological treatment and treatments based on other physiopathological hypothesis are presented. Conclusion: A specifi c intervention may be modifi ed when we take into account comorbility, among other factors defi ning an integral treatment.
Keywords : dementia; Alzheimer's disease; rivastigmine; donepezil; galantamine; memantine.