Symptomatic treatment

Domain : Support

Simplified definition

A drug that only calms the symptoms of a disease, but that does not stop the disease itself.

Source: Houria Aiouaz, for Alzheimer Foundation

Referenced definition

“Treatment directed toward the relief of distressing symptoms, as opposed to treatment focused on underlying causes and conditions.”

Source: American Psychology Association. Symptomatic treatment. [Internet]. [cited on Sept 7, 2022]. 


  • People with Alzheimer disease may receive symptomatic treatments, such as cholinesterase inhibitors or antipsychotics, that will have effects on certain symptoms such as apathy, anxiety, or depression.


Symptomatic care

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