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A 37-year-old female asked:

what type of drugs cause dementia or alzheimers?

3 doctor answers16 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Pseudo dementia : Drugs do not cause alzheimer's, but numerous medicines can make it far worse due to anti-cholinergic side effects, and many elderly pts can seem to be demented due to drug effects, which reverse when med is modified.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
Alcohol: We have no evidence alzheimer's is caused by a drug. However chronic excessive alcohol use is associated with dementia. There are negative cognitive effects of many other drugs including marijuana and opiates but few dementia syndromes described. To cause dementia there would need to be brain damage.
Dr. Alan Steinberg
Psychiatry 38 years experience
There are many: Agents that can contribute to cognitive decline although none are known to specificallly cause alzheimer's disease. In general it is best to avoid what are known as anti-cholinergic agents in the elderly since these can cause side effects including cognitive worsening.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Why do people get dementia?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Dementia: Too wide to describe here, but u can google the word & get full description of causes of cognitive deficits. Summary is that there are either genetic such as fragile x syndrome, fixed such as brain injury, slowly progressive such as infection, a feature of other conditions such as parkinson's disease, or rapidly progressive dementias such as organ failure.
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A 72-year-old female asked:

Question or query repeatition very often in short time - what kind of dementia and remedy if any for.

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Characteristic: The repetition or "perseveration" is associated with many dementias, especially alzheimer's, and can be treated with several medications, so consider donepezil, galantamine, (galantamine hydrobromide) rivastigmine, and even a medical food such as axona or cerefolin-nac. Most neurologists should be familiar with all of these.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What is the youngest age a person can suffer from dementia?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alon Seifan
Neurology 13 years experience
Depends on type: Dementia is an umbrella term for anything that causes disability related to cognition. There are many causes of dementia, including neurodegenerative diseases, strokes, and even infections. Neurodegenerative diseases (e.g., alzheimer's) usually start in adulthood. Strokes that cause dementia ("e.g., vascular dementia") also occur in adulthood. Infections can occur at any point.
A 45-year-old female asked:

What kind of di i need tosee if i. Have. Demintia?

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Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
Neurologist: They can do testing and recommend action / medication plan to help slow any ongoing losses.
A 49-year-old member asked:

How long does someone live with frontal temporal dementia?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
May be variable: The variant associated with motor neuron disease, or a parkinsonian process, has a 3-10 yr survival after diagnosis. The behavioural variant may progress very slowly, and may go on for years.

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