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NSAIDS AND DEMENTIA

TAKING CERTAIN MEDICATIONS IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS OF DEMENTIA IS NOT A GOOD IDEA, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, abbreviated NSAIDs, may cause dementia to progress faster in those who already have symptoms of the condition, a very large ongoing study has shown. Constantine Lyketsos, an Alzheimer's disease expert at Johns Hopkins, says one conclusion is obvious.

LYKETSOS: If you already have symptoms, it's probably not good for you to take these medicines, as they might accelerate going from mild cognitive impairment to dementia. The other tantalizing finding however is that at least with one of the drugs we used, naproxen, there might be a reduction in the incidence of getting Alzheimer's disease, after a while. And this was further supported by improvement in some of the biomarkers that related to Alzheimer's disease. :27

Lyketsos says it's too early to tell whether taking naproxen to stave off development of Alzheimer's disease is a good idea, so he doesn't recommend it. At Johns Hopkins, I'm Elizabeth Tracey.

 



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