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Medicine For Als Dementia
Dad had ALS @ 62, mom has dementia @ 67. I am worried about my genetics. I'm healthy and family history beyond parents is clear. Am i being paranoid?
Yes: anyone with onset of dementia in their 60's may have a form for which you have a 1 in 2 chance of inheriting. Your mother should be evaluated for these by a clinical geneticist who may provide a definitive diagnosis. After appropriate counseling, you could elect to be tested whether you have inherited the causative mutation. ALS is much less likely to be a risk for you. Keep tests confidential ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Tremors in hands, weak legs, mem issues, cognitive decline, apathy, blurry vision, tach, headache, floaters...Could it be parkinsons? Dementia? Als?
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: Please don't forget arsenic is natural thus natural does not equal safe not effective. There are studies or interest with fish-oil, tumeric, Co-Q-10, and mediterrainian diet but no results yet. Keeping the brain active and exercise also may offer some protective benefit. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Can a particular drug increase the manifestation of dementia in an old person ,, especially a pain reliever.
My grandma has ALS and can't move on her own and she also hardly swallows the food. what to do to stop this decease from progressing?any medicines?
No: Sounds like your grandma is in a fairly advanced stage so she must have ALS for a while quite enough time to discuss her decease with her doctors.I find it a stretch to believe that you haven't been told not once but repeatedly that this decease has no cure and that the only approved drug riluzole only slows it a little. for more information about this decease check out http://www.alsa.org. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
None really: Presently, there is no specific drug treatment available. However, physicians do use anti-platelet agents such as aspirin, dipyridamole, or clopidogrel in efforts to retard the disease process by helping to prevent some strokes. Research is trying to find ways to assist this very troubling condition. ...Read more
Pets and Health: Interacting with pets can be healing for any of us, including if we get dementia. In dementia, we may lose a lot of verbal memory but can respond to affection and unconditional love. Who provides this better than a beloved pet? As long as the dementia patient and pet are safe together, this can be helpful. It may not cure the dementia, but can provide needed stimulation and comfort. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Why do people with dementia have a greater risk of developing a negative reaction to anticholinergic drugs?
They cause confusion: Anticholinergic medications have been known to cause confusion and giving them to people with dementia further increases the confusion they already have. Plus , it causes severe dryness of the mouth, difficulty initiating urination and blurred vision, all these symptoms already present in the geriatric population ...Read more
Recently found an article from 2007 connecting Statin drugs to ALS. Has this been disproven? Do statins increase als risk?
Statin drugs: The main side effect of statin drugs is lowering the risk of heart attack/stroke in patients w/ high cholesterol. Recommendations about who should take statin drugs are based on a very large amount of clinical data and represent evidence-based scientific medicine. Whether to take a statin depends on lots of factors. For personalized advice, consult your doctor or a specialist on HealthTap. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unfortunately: There is NO cure for ALS and only Riluzole is approved by FDA. This does delay need for tracheostomy, but does not affect strength. The Chinese herbals if advertised for ALS should be reported to your State Attorney General Office, as it is a fraudulent claim. In fact, not clear whether these herbals truly offer any actual benefit in majority of cases of any condition. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Two types of: Medications are available: cholinesterase inhibitors such as Aricept and nmda receptor antagonists like namenda (memantine). The first class increases acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter involved in memory. Namenda (memantine) decreases abnormal brain activity allowing clearer thinking. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can nuvigil mitigate symptoms of early onset dementia? Is there a more effective drug to help combat the cognitive symptoms?
Ask your neurologist: It is my understanding that Nuvigil is a drug promoting wakefulness and is used for such conditions as sleep disorders or fatigue disorders. There are other drugs, such as aricept, Exelon (rivastigmine) , razadyne or Namenda which are used for early stages of dementia. This drugs help to slow down the trajectory of cognitive decline. Your neurologist will be the one to tell you which drug is best for you. ...Read more
There are several: forms of dementia. Please cooperate w/your doc and ask him/her about using large doses of coconut oil to help. The doc may not be familiar w/this approach but if he/she doesn't object consult a nutritionist and she what that professional says. Peace and good health. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Advice: We do not use research drugs here onsite, but would suggest there is little to lose if one has ALS, and a new drug protocol would be of potential value. A nearby medical school should be helpful to guide your friend to a local or national study group. ...Read more
I have a friend who has gotten ALS where there is testing of new drugs in the United States can you help me?
ALS Clinical Trials: 44 year old gentleman with a question about ALS clinical trials. Anyone can search for clinical trials that are recruiting, active, or completed at clinical trials.gov. Here is a link showing that there are some trials for ALS at some geographic locations: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/results?term=ALS&Search=Search Good luck to you and your friend. ...Read more
Als Dementia (Definition)
When someone with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) also shows signs of cognitive or behavioral impairment typically found in dementia patients. ...Read more
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