Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Could dementia drug help stroke patients?

We see ads for the drug Namenda (or memantine) for treating Alzheimer's. Now, would it be possible for the same dementia drug work for stroke recovery?:
"We know that it's tolerated fairly well in patients with Alzheimer's, so if it can be shown to be useful in promoting stroke recovery that could be a significant event," Seemant Chaturvedi, MD, a neurologist at Wayne State University in Detroit, told MedPage Today.
"The findings are very interesting because for several decades we've been trying to identify whether any medication can help with stroke recovery, and thus far there hasn't been any definitely proven medication to help," added Chaturvedi, who was not involved in the study.
Read the whole story following the link above. To the non-health professional mind, this makes some sense - potentially, a "significant event" for stroke survivors.


J.L. Murphey said...

It sounds promising, but there again there is a time limit involved.

Jeff Porter said...

You're right - potentially positive, but lots of info still to be discovered.