Modern drugs can help sooth agitation, anxiety, depression, and sleeplessness, and may also help boost participation in daily activities. Newer medications are also becoming available that can improve or preserve thinking skills, at least temporarily.
Please note: Regular reassessment is required while you are on any of these medications. This helps doctors determine if the medicines are being tolerated without troublesome side effects. These regular visits are also to make sure the patient is responding to the medication appropriately.
It is important to note that consumption of some nutritional supplements or medications can have serious side effects or interfere with other prescribed medications. Please consult with your doctor before using any nutritional supplements or medications.
Alzheimers and Aspirin
A research paper published in the September 23, 2002 issue of Neurology, reported that the occurrence of Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia was 45% less in people who took aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications for more than two years, than for those who did not. With other non-NSAID painkillers like acetaminophen, however, no comparable effect was found.
Over 3,000 men and women, all 65 and older, were included in the study. This study is part of a growing body of evidence suggesting that long-term use of such medicines prior to the appearance of symptoms might postpone or prevent onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
Doctors aren’t certain why this effect occurs; there are several theories regarding why it seems to work. One theory being, that Alzheimer’s is related to an inflammatory progression in the brain. Taking anti-inflammatory medication, therefore, might lessen the risk of such a process.
Despite the findings, it’s important you consult your doctor before taking aspirin or other NSAIDS for such purposes. Some risk exits, for example stomach bleeding and other problems.
Several studies have investigated whether nutritional supplements and certain medications may reduce the risk of developing dementia. Some of the findings are summarized below:
It has been suggested that antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E, may reduce the risk of developing dementia. Interestingly, the protective effect of these vitamins was enhanced when they were acquired through food, rather then through supplements.
Adequate intake of vitamin B and folate can help reduce homocysteine levels, and this may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimers disease.
Careful management of diabetes with medications that maintain blood glucose levels within a healthy range may also reduce the risk of developing Alzheimers disease.