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Medicine For Frontotemporal Dementia
There are 3 types: Named for the brain areas that are affected, the frontal and temporal lobes, there are several different variants of this type of dementia. Some of these types of dementia have prominent problems with words - either slowly losing the ability to speak or losing the ability to makes sense when one talks. There is an impulsive, disinhibited personality variant also. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It happens: at a much younger age and the course of the disease is rapidly progressive with symptoms such as memory loss, getting lost driving the same route you've been driving for a long time, decrease in personal hygiene , later there is complete memory loss of even the simplest way of functioning that the individual needs total care. The prognosis is poor, ...Read more
Do you have to have behavioral problem if you have frontotemporal dementia? What are all the symptoms?
In BV Frontotemporal dementia, how long does aggressive behavior last throughout the span of the disease?
Info: I hope this site can lead you to good information: http://www.theaftd.org/understandingftd/disorders/bv-ftd Best wishes! ...Read more
Mom has BV Frontotemporal dementia, gets btw. 3-6 UTIs a yr. because of poor hygiene practice. How will this affect her kidneys and overall health?
It's not good: This can certainly be difficult and can get worse. Discuss her needs w/ her doctor(s) and slowly prepare for care decisions. Her need for more complete care might become urgent as time passes and planning can help. A problem w/ UTIs is that they plus the antibiotics can both cause problems for the brain and tat can worsen the dementia, etc. It's a vicious cycle and help will help. Best wishes! ...Read more
Is numbness in feet a symptom of progressing frontotemporal dementia? My mom is pretty inactive, overweight, and in abt. Mid-stage of ftd. Thank you.
No: No, foot numbness is not a symptom of fronto-temporal dementia. But being inactive and overweight can lead to diabetes, which can be associated with numb feet and a variety of other peripheral nerve problems. Hoping you can get your mother in to see her primary care physician for a checkup soon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mom has mid-stage Frontotemporal dementia; having more freqent UTIs lately; started 3 yrs ago. Concerned the antibiotics will lose effectiveness soon.
UTI and abx: Why is she getting UTI, most patients there is a reason, and the reason can be personal or anatomic, is there an issue with her urogenital tract etc? Next issue is does she have true UTI or a urine is positive and she gets treated, are there cultures done, and often patients can be colonized may not therapy. A discussion with her MD may be needed and she may need to see a Inf disease doc. ...Read more
See below: It affects the frontal lobes (front) and temporal lobes (sides) of the brain. Onset is usually earlier than alzheimer's. Initial sx may involve changes in personality, judgement and social functioning. Pick's disease is one of the forms of the frontotemporal dementia. Here's a link to fuller description of the disease http://www.Alz.Org/alzheimers_disease_frontotemporal_dementia.Asp. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is frontaltemporal dementia hereditary? My mom has it, but no other relatives (dad, grandparents, aunts/uncles) have had it.
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
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.
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
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
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