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Efficacy of Hydergine in curing Alzheimer's disease - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hello doctor, My mom is diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disorder. The had prescribed her Hydergine drug. However the drug is no longer available in the market.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   I wanted to understand if Hydergine is effective in the treatment of Alzheimer's. If so I can contact the manufacturer to provide me the same
Doctor :   Alzheimer's disease is a progressive neurological condition.
Doctor :   So far, a drug which can completely reverse the condition has not been found.
Doctor :   These medications after different trials the drugs that she is on are known to reduce to the intensity of progression.
Doctor :   They may not help in completely reversing the condition.
User :   Hust out of the curiosity what are the other therapeutic indications for which the drug is prescribed for
Doctor :   They are mainly used in alzheimer's disease and in some peoples who have recurrent strokes which may have caused
Doctor :   multiinfarct dementia.
Doctor :   Both the conditions are primarily causing dementia.
Doctor :   Have you followed?
User :   What is multi-infarct dementia?
Doctor :   Those who may have had multiple strokes both subclinical as well as clinical, over a period of time may end up having dementia.
Doctor :   They can present with features similar to Alzheimer's disease, however the rate of progress in these conditions is much slower.
Doctor :   And a scan done on these people may show features of multiple infarcts
User :   Doctor are there alternative medicines to Hydergine, presently available in the market?
Doctor :   Since these are prescription medications, it is unethical that I suggest you these medications.
Doctor :   You would need to consult a general practitioner to avail these medications.
Doctor :   Along with these medications you can also use multivitamin supplements for more supportive treatment.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   Yes. I want to understand Hydergine vis-a-vis these medicines. Whether the alternative forms are better leading to the discontinuation of the medicine from the market.
Doctor :   Hydergine is the drug name and can be available as different brands depending on your location.
Doctor :   You can use them as suggested by her doctors or the general practitioner.
User :   What therapeutic category does Hydergine fall under. I have studied the medicine very preliminarily but dont understand whether it is a cerebral activator, nootropic or cognitive enhancer. Can you elaborate a little for me?
Doctor :   Hydergine come under a group of drugs known as ergoloids.
Doctor :   They act by stimulating the dompamine and serotinine receptors.
Doctor :   These are the receptors that are present in the brain in the cortex.
Doctor :   The stimulation of these receptors are essential for the cognitive, behavioral, memory functions.
Doctor :   However the effectiveness is still not known.
User :   Is the drug prescribed to healthy patients as well for the improvements in terms of mild cognition - like memory or concentration?
Doctor :   They are not used as a regular drug in normal persons.
Doctor :   As they can also cause side effects
Doctor :   Have you followed what I am saying?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Do you have any further query that I can assist you with?
User :   Thank you doctor. Chatting with you has tremendously helped me in understanding the drug and the disease condition.
Doctor :   Please fill the feed back form too.
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