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Alzheimers And Buspar
Does using Buspar (buspirone) affects the hippocampus? Is it therefore a good idea to use it in an alzheimer's patient?
A # of options: This is best discussed with the patient's provider. If the depression is atypical, wellbutrin (bupropion) is a good choice. For typical depression or anxiety - a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor can be used. If the person needs something more on the sedating side - a medication like Remeron may be considered. There isn't one best medication to use - it depends on how the patient tolerates possible >>. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the antidepresant with less side effects for an advance altzheimer's patient? She is taking 15mg buspar (buspirone). Should she quit Buspar (buspirone) before starting an antidepresant such as paxil?
Meds in Dementia: Usually in dementia, major issues are lack of energy, motivation, apathy, pleasure, low dose Dopamine enhancing medications may work better such as wellbutrin (safe for heart but increase risk of seizure with higher dose), ritalin buspar and Paxil (paroxetine) are somewhat similar in the sense they enhance serotonin, Paxil (paroxetine) may have a greater anticholinergic side effect and sedation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Consistent picture: Gold standard might implicate a pet scan showing classical metabolic changes in appropriate brain areas. Spinal fluid studies would confirm the disorder. The clinical picture develops without other explanation. Mental status testing reveals progressive declines without reversal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many causes: Try Alzheimer's.org - they have nice details. Abnormal levels of a bad protein called AB42 in oligomer form along with hyperphosphoryated tau. TDP-43 and abnormal progranulin levels and others may also play a role in some cases. Inflammation is pivotal. Genetics defects can be in coding for an enzyme that forms AB42, or one that helps clear it from the brain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Common dementia: Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia. Memory problems, word finding problems, word substitutions errors, getting lost in places that are familiar are often early symptoms. Also forgetting how to use tools that you used to know how to use. Finally, trouble evaluating info and following plans happen later. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Dementia: Alzheimer's is a specific form of dementia which includes severe short term and intermediate memory disturbance. There is some evidence it is genetic. There are very specific changes I the brain, but these are not easily identified by current brain scans ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer