Galantamine is an acetylcholinesterase (ACh) inhibitor used for the treatment of mild to moderate Dementia in Alzheimer’s Disease. RAZADYNE® is the drug form of Galantamine that comes in the form of ER capsules, tablets, or oral solution. Patients can take this to increase levels of dopamine and temporarily boost cognitive function.
Lipitor (Atorvastatin) is the most commonly prescribed drug in the US, and is used to lower levels of Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad cholesterol” in the blood. It is a part of a class of drugs called Statins and is prescribed to patients with hyperlipidemia, or high concentrations of lipids in their blood.
Aricept (Donepezil) is currently the only FDA-approved drug that can treat Alzheimer’s Disease at various stages. Aricept is an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor which prevents the breakdown of acetylcholine, therefore boosting cognitive function in patients with Alzheimer’s or other specific dementias.
KEPPRA (Levetiracetam) is an anti-convulsant drug that is prescribed to patients with epilepsy. Older adults with dementia can be at risk of seizure, and may be prescribed KEPPRA to prevent episodes of convulsion. It is integral to be prepared for drug interactions, side effects, and other potential risks of prescription medications like Levetiracetam.
Article Highlights Crestor is a statin like Zocor, Mevacor, Livalo, and the top-selling Lipitor. Crestor works by reducing the buildup of cholesterol and fats known as triglycerides. You should not take Crestor if you are pregnant, intend to become pregnant, or have liver or kidney issues. Common side effects include nausea, diarrhea, heartburn and mild […]
Article Highlights Coreg is a medication used for the treatment of high blood pressure and heart failure. By blocking the effect of adrenaline, Coreg slows the heart’s pumping action and lowers blood pressure. Coreg, usually taken twice daily and with food, comes in tablets from 3.125 to 25 mg, and capsules from 10 to 80 […]
Article Highlights Resveratrol is a potent antioxidant that is thought to also have anti-aging, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory benefits. Resveratrol is found mostly in red grape skins, grape juice, peanuts, cocoa and a variety of berries. While tests on rodents provide support for these benefits, human studies have been inconclusive. If you are thinking about taking […]
Overview PART I Overview – Cholesterol What are statins? How simvastatin works and how it might affect Alzheimer’s How cholesterol is related to Alzheimer’s Considerations for treatment with simvastatin (Zocor) PART II Side effects of simvastatin (Zocor) Simvastatin (Zocor) dosage considerations Drug interactions with simvastatin (Zocor) Food interactions with simvastatin (Zocor) Alternatives to simvastatin Combination […]
Overview This article tackles the living options available to older adults, with particular emphasis on assisted living facilities and nursing homes. Here are the sections that will be discussed: Quick Summary Definition of an Assisted Living Facility (ALF) Definition of a Nursing Home (NH) or Skilled Nursing Facility Key Differences between Assisted Living Facilities and […]
Article Highlights Pain consists of nerve signals that blaze from any part of the body through the nervous system to the brain. Chronic pain is persistent pain that keeps recurring, or pain that lasts for 12 weeks or longer. Lower back pain is considered the single leading cause of disability worldwide. Pain can be mitigated […]