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Medications used to treat ADHD may help treat symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease

Medications used to treat ADHD may help treat symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease

Admin | Post Tuesday, 12 July 2022 - 11:43 AM | 94

Researchers have found that certain drugs used to treat ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) may help cope with the symptoms of Alzheimer?s disease. In a new study, researchers analyzed how noradrenergic drugs, used in patients with ADHD, can also be used to treat Alzheimer?s disease. These drugs tend to target the noradrenergic system which has the locus coeruleus, a small part of the brainstem.

This region is responsible for various functions, including learning, attention, and memory. It is controlled by a neurotransmitter called norepinephrine, which is a special type of brain cell that sends and receives messages in the brain. It is also involved in our body?s ?flight or fight response?.

Apart from Alzheimer?s disease, other diseases such as ADHD, depression and anxiety also lead to problems with the functioning of the noradrenergic system. Noradrenergic treatments are therefore also prescribed for these diseases.

For the study, researchers looked at 19 studies and scoured data from more than 1,800 patients. They also explored different types of medications such as those used for ADHD and depression. They found that the drugs helped improve thinking and understanding in people with Alzheimer?s disease. But, they were not effective in improving the performance of specific memory functions, executive functions, visuospatial abilities, or agitation.

The drugs have been shown to improve lack of interest, which is a common symptom in people with Alzheimer?s disease and can impact their quality of life and brain function. Among ADHD medications, Ritalin has been most effective in improving disinterest in patients with Alzheimer?s disease.

The study concluded that noradrenergic drugs can be used to treat symptoms in some patients with Alzheimer?s disease provided the correct dosage is used. However, although the drugs can be helpful in improving brain function, their use can lead to certain side effects like addiction, heart problems. Also, when these drugs are misused, they can cause brain changes or psychiatric symptoms like paranoia and hallucinations.

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