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Understanding NICE guidance
Information for people who use NHS services


Donepezil, galantamine,
rivastigmine and memantine
for Alzheimer's disease
NICE `technology This leaflet is about when donepezil, galantamine, rivastigmine and
appraisal guidance' memantine should be used to treat people with Alzheimer's disease in the
NHS in England and Wales. It does…

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What has NICE said?
These may not be Donepezil, galantamine and rivastigmine are recommended as
options for moderate Alzheimer's disease only, and if:
the only possible
treatments for · treatment is started by a doctor who specialises in the care of
Alzheimer's people with dementia
disease. Your · patients who…

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Assessing the severity of Alzheimer's disease
Usually, healthcare professionals should use the MMSE test to assess This leaflet contains
whether a person has moderate Alzheimer's disease. However, the a summary in plain
test is not suitable for some people.
English of the
When using the MMSE test, healthcare professionals should…

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Alzheimer's disease
Alzheimer's disease is a type of dementia. It affects the brain and causes
problems with memory, thinking and behaviour. It is a progressive disease,
which means it gets worse over time as more parts of the brain are
affected.
The Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) is a test…

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More information about Alzheimer's disease
The organisation below can provide more information and support for
people with Alzheimer's disease. Please note that NICE is not responsible
for the quality or accuracy of any information or advice provided by
this organisation.
· The Alzheimer's Society, 0845 300 0336, www.alzheimers.org.uk
NHS Direct…

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National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence
MidCity Place, 71 High Holborn, London WC1V 6NA; www.nice.org.uk ISBN 1-84629-474-6
N1329 10k 1P Sep 07

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