There are several drugs that are currently on the market that could potentially slow the roll of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other Dementias. Many of these drugs are in various stages of testing.
As a caregiver that gets to witness AD and various other types of Dementia on a daily basis, I certainly hope that the medical industry will come up with some significant results as more and more types of Dementias are coming to light but the number of prescriptions is limited.
According to the NINDS website, the NIA-supported Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS) (www.adcs.org) is a consortium of academic medical centers and clinics set up by NIH in 1991 to collaborate on the development of promising Alzheimer’s treatments and diagnostic tools.
As of the date of their last update on the side, the most recent studies stated that the ADCS was testing drugs and exercise interventions in patients displaying early stages of AD and Dementia. They were examining a medication that would hopefully reduce the agitation of those with AD. It also revealed that the ADCS was going to test a cutting-edge approach as to speed up the testing of drugs in clinical trials.
It has been determined that the human brain actually changes well before Alzheimer’s-related symptoms actually occur. Because of this, the website noted that: the A4 (Anti-amyloid Treatment in Asymptomatic Alzheimer’s Disease) trial is testing a promising therapy in the early stages of the disorder. This secondary prevention trial will test an amyloid-clearing drug in the symptom-free stage of the disease in 1,000 cognitively healthy older volunteers whose brain scans show abnormal levels of amyloid accumulation. Another of the newly funded ADCS drug trials is the Prazosin for Treating Agitation trial, which will test the use of the generic drug prazosin as a treatment for agitation that may also be well-tolerated in frail and elderly people.
It is my hope that as these drugs are tested that the drug testers show the patients that With Age Comes Respect because many of them have lost themselves so we need to be the ones to give them some semblance of dignity when it comes right down to it.