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Medicines and preventive measures for Alzheimer's disease - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hello Doctor,My mom is suffering from Alzheimer's Disorder. The doctor had prescribed her Hydergine 1mg medicine. She is 68 years old.
However, the drug at present is not available in the market. Doctor, can you tell me whether Hydergine is effective against the treatment of Alzheimer's Disorder? If Hydergine is effective I can communicate to the manufacturer to provide me the same.
For my knowledge can you inform me what are the therapeutic indications for which you prescribe Hydergine. Also whether there are alternatives to Hydergine since the drug is no longer available in the market.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   I am Dr.XXX
User :   Good morning doctor
Doctor :   Let me read your query
Doctor :   Good morning
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Hydergine is used to treat dementia
Doctor :   that is memory loss
Doctor :   that is the only indication for it
User :   To what extent is Hydergine effective?
Doctor :   That is the subjective response
Doctor :   it does help in many patients
Doctor :   and response is not 100%
Doctor :   but atleast 60% improvement shall be there in majority of the cases
User :   Are there medicines presently in market which can be used in place of Hydergine, since Hydergine is not presently available in the market.
Doctor :   There are other subsitutes
Doctor :   but should be taken only on a prescription
Doctor :   hence I would suggest you to follow up with your treating doctor
User :   I have studied the drug a little, but however I am not sure whether it is a cerebral activator or nootropic substance. Just out of the curiosity I wanted to know Hydergine comes under which therapeutic category?
Doctor :   It is a peripheral vasodilator and cerebral activator
User :   My mom is increasingly becoming violent. She insists that she does not want to daily chores like taking bath, or eating food in the afternoon. How does one handle such patients?
Doctor :   Yes, I understand
Doctor :   there shall be certain side effects
Doctor :   disease
Doctor :   which shall disturb her mind
Doctor :   It is good to take counselling from professional Psychotherapists
Doctor :   for this purpose
Doctor :   they shall be helpful
Doctor :   should not be just treated with drugs
User :   What are kinds of symptoms that one can expect in the terminal stages of Alzheimer's?
Doctor :   Memory loss, cognitive impairment
Doctor :   personality changes, not able to make judgements
Doctor :   changed thought patterns, difficulty in getting oriented to circumstances
Doctor :   these are the major symptoms in Alzheimer's
User :   My mom is not able to sleep during the night and she roams about. Are there any drugs which helps them to get sleep during the night?
Doctor :   Yes, there are
Doctor :   Sleep is an integral part for her well being
Doctor :   and should be given utmost importance
User :   Doctor I found it very useful to chat with you. I gained lot of insights into dealing with Alzheimer's patients. However doctor I would like to have your e mail address so that get back to you later for my querries. Or if there are any other means of getting back to you please inform.
Doctor :   You can use this chat
Doctor :   anytime
Doctor :   24/7
Doctor :   one of our doctors shall always be there to help you
User :   Thank you doctor. Have a good day.
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me. Bye for now. Please refer your friends to our service.
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