Do medications like Ibuprofen and Naproxen help clients with dementia by relieving brain inflammation?
I was reading this article on the Huffington Post, and I thought you might be interested in reading it, too.
Scientists may have discovered the key to halting Alzheimer’s. This is very exciting since I have been watching several of my clients with dementia do much better with activities of daily living and memory when they are on a daily dose of Ibuprofen or naproxen. Most of these anti inflammatory medications were started to alleviate some forms of painful arthritis. Benefits of these medications has been twofold, by also relieving brain inflammation.
Changes in my clients have been noticed by their families and caretakers. The clients are able to hold much better conversations, walk better, remember family members, and be less overwhelmed by sundowning.
This has been very exciting to watch but hard to discuss with physicians who continue to prescribe dementia medications that most often have little or no impact on my clients day to day activities. Most of the time side effects from Aricept and Namenda have been far worse than benefits.
One of my clients has been on Ibuprofen 200 mgs three times a day and another client is on Aleve once a day. Both clients are speaking much clearer, less forgetful, walking better, and easier to manage during the evening when they are sundowning. Please consider this simple fairly safe alternative to someone you are working with who is exhibit signs of dementia.
Resource: Huffington Post