According to a
new study, daily medicines that may be present in your bathroom cabinet can
help counter dementia.
recommended the use of daily medicines such as acne pills, antibiotics and
other medications that are routinely taken for common problems to counter
dementia, as developing new drugs for the condition is turning out to be a slow
and costly venture.
suggest that these drugs already in circulation must be re-examined and be
considered as a quicker and cheaper alternative. Most of these drugs have
multiple effects on our bodies and can also alleviate dementia-related
dementia is a big challenge to the society and to the medical world. Developing
new drugs is a slow venture. A new drug takes about twenty years and 600
million pounds to be developed from scratch. Besides several drugs that were
developed have failed the final test. For patients, the wait for a cure has
been a painfully long one. All these factors prompted Dr. Ballard of the King's
college, London, and other experts to turn to daily drugs.
Out of the several that they
re-examined some have been recommended for usage against dementia and they
include liraglutide - a diabetes drug that also acts on the brain, minocycline
- an antibiotic for acne, acitretin - that treats psoriasis and, calcium
channel blockers - a family of blood pressure drugs. Some of these medicines
are less expensive.
It is indeed
very encouraging to be told that daily medicines can be used for dementia but
it is still not clear if these medicines have the desired effect on this very
Dementia is a
decline in cognitive function that usually accompanies old age in 5% of the
world's elderly population. It is a progressive condition caused by
neurodegenaration of the brain, causing the personality of the affected
individual to undergo a massive change. Memory loss is the most prominent
symptom. Some conditions such as Alzheimer's disease and stroke can also cause
recent study has been published in the journal Nature reviews Drug Discovery