Alzheimer's disease

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What is Alzheimer's disease?

Alzheimer's disease is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease characterized by loss of function of nerve cells in several areas of the brain leading to loss of cognitive function such as memory and language.

Common symptoms reported by people with Alzheimer's disease

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with Alzheimer's disease

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Aricept)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Alzheimer's disease (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Alzheimer's disease (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Azilect)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Alzheimer's disease (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Permobil C300)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)

Data from patients with Alzheimer's disease, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with Alzheimer's disease

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Aricept)
Perceived effectiveness
for Alzheimer's disease (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Alzheimer's disease (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Alzheimer's disease (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Azilect)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Alzheimer's disease (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Permobil C300)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
fatigue (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with Alzheimer's disease, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has Alzheimer's disease on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 3
20s 19
30s 25
40s 30
50s 37
60s 45
70+ 157
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1
20-29 years 7
30-39 years 1
40-49 years 9
50-59 years 6
60-69 years 10
70+ years 19

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 162
Female 160

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 67
Not Diagnosed 28

These charts show data from Alzheimer's disease patients who have completed their condition history
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