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Although symptoms in DLB can vary from day to day and hour to hour, they do become progressively worse with time. The speed by which symptoms progress differs from person to person.

There is currently no cure for DLB but there are treatments that can help manage symptoms and improve day-to-day life. Managing symptoms as best as possible, with or without medications, is very important in helping people with DLB to live well.

There is some evidence that a group of medications called acetylcholinesterase inhibitors, that are used to treat Alzheimer's disease, can help with memory problems and hallucinations in DLB. Similarly, medications used for Parkinson's disease, such as levodopa, can be used in DLB to help with motor symptoms. However, levodopa could make hallucinations worse in some cases and these treatments should be monitored by a specialist.

Treatment for DLB can be problematic because certain medications, particularly antipsychotic medications, can significantly worsen DLB symptoms. Because of the different symptoms, people with DLB may need support from several health professionals and specialists.