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Medications Glossary: Drug Classes and Medications

This glossary was developed for LBD families and provides helpful information about medications used to treat cognitive, motor, mood or behavioral disorders. The publication may be useful in discussing the risks and benefits of certain medications with healthcare providers.

The Medications Glossary is divided into sections to make it easier to find certain types of information:

Section 1: Medication Sensitivities should be read first. It provides an important overview about potentially severe sensitivities to medications used to treat hallucinations or other LBD-related behavioral problems.

Section 2: Medications, alphabetically lists generic drugs (and corresponding brand names) that are used to treat symptoms of LBD, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. NOTE: Some of these individual drugs should be avoided in Lewy body dementia, but are included here for informational purposes only.

Section 3: Medication Classes and Related Terms, defines medication types that fall into the same ‘class’ because they have similar chemical structures or mechanism of action. NOTE: Some of these classes of drugs should be avoided in Lewy body dementia, but are included here for informational purposes only.

The publication is available from LBDA in a digital format and can be downloaded and printed at home for individual use. Click here to download the Medications Glossary.