WHAT'S THE CURRENT STATE OF MEDICATIONS USED FOR PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
There is no effective medication to stave off Alzheimer's disease, but a host of medications developed for other purposes are frequently used in people with AD. Data from the recent Alzheimer's Association International Conference does offer hope, however, that there are more effective medications in the pipeline. Constantine Lyketsos, an Alzheimer's disease expert at Johns Hopkins, explains.
LYKETSOS: There are a number of candidate drugs that are very different from the antidepressants, antipsychotics that we've had, recognizing that we can't just take what we know about depression in other people, in younger people, and translate those treatments into Alzheimer patients. It's probably a very different set of biologic causes so we need to figure out that new set of biologic causes and get treatments that are specific to depression in Alzheimer's. :25
Lyketsos says careful use of existing medications is sometimes appropriate. At Johns Hopkins, I'm Elizabeth Tracey.