Which medications in the drug class Nutritional Supplement are used in the treatment of Alzheimer Disease?

Updated: May 09, 2019
  • Author: Shaheen E Lakhan, MD, PhD, MS, MEd; Chief Editor: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA  more...
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Nutritional Supplement

Medical foods are dietary supplements intended to compensate specific nutritional problems caused by a disease or condition. Caprylidene is a prescription medical food that is metabolized into ketone bodies. The brain can use these ketone bodies for energy when its ability to process glucose is impaired, which brain-imaging scans suggest is the case in AD.

Caprylidene (Axona)

Caprylidene is indicated for clinical dietary management of metabolic processes associated with mild to moderate AD. General dosing recommendations include administering 40 g/day (1 packet of caprylidene powder, containing 20 g of medium-chain triglycerides) during breakfast.

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