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The Link Between Dementia, Alzheimer’s and Common Meds

The Link Between Dementia, Alzheimer’s and Common Meds If you are 60+, stop taking these drugs now The evidence is piling up that many common meds can increase or possibly cause dementia and Alzheimer’s (a type of dementia) in those who are 60+. Generally, these are OTC drugs used for…

Quick Hits: Benzos, Sleep Drugs and Alzheimer’s, New ADHD Med & More

Benzodiazepines and another class of drugs used for sleep are associated with a modestly elevated risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers in Finland looked at data on more than 350,000 people. Of that number, about 20% had confirmed cases of Alzheimer’s. An analysis found that those who were taking either…

Finding the Holy Grail of Drug Development: An Alzheimer’s Treatment

Finding a drug that stops the progression of Alzheimer’s disease has remained elusive to drugmakers. Does new FDA guidance help or hinder such development? Finding a drug that actually stops the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, rather than just treat symptoms, is considered a holy grail among many drug makers. If…

Quick Hits: Nighttime Urination Treatment Approved, Using Aricept & More

Noctiva (desmopressin acetate), a prescription nasal spray for adults who urinate frequently throughout night, was approved by FDA. The drug is the first FDA-approved treatment for the condition known as nocturnal polyuria, which is overproduction of urine during the night. Patients who plan to take this Noctiva should take precautions…

Alzheimer’s Drugs

There are no drugs that cure Alzheimer’s disease, but there are some that help delay the onset. Sadly, these drugs have been called “high risk, low benefit” by some experts. Common Names Aricept (donepezil), Razadyne (galantamine), Exelon (rivastigmine), Namenda (memantine), Namzaric (memantine and donepezil) Side Effects and What to Do…

Alzheimer’s Drugs: High Risk, Minimal Benefit

Alzheimer drugs work in only 8% (at worst) to 35% (at best) of the patients who take them. 84% and more will have side effects like nausea and diarrhea (and worse). Why would anyone take them? Because it’s the only chance we have at slowing the progression of Alzheimer disease,…

Few Rx Options for Early Alzheimer’s Patients

Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease. It robs people of their futures, of their minds, and ultimately of themselves. It’s a grim diagnosis at any age, but it is especially devastating when it strikes people in the prime of life. Though the early-onset form of Alzheimer’s is not common, it’s particularly…

Alzheimer’s Disease: Fast Facts

Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disorder characterized by a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. It’s not the same condition as dementia; in fact, it’s one form of dementia. While it’s more common in older adults, it’s not a normal part of aging. Approximately 5.2 million Americans had…

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