Alzheimer’s drug may be promising treatment for traumatic brain injury

There is some promising research results for treatment of patients with traumatic brain injury. Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is often elusive. While it's a major cause of disability and death, finding treatment with medications has generally failed. A new study found that memantine, a drug that is used to treat dementia associated with Alzheimer's disease, may be a promising therapy.

The study examined the effect of the drug on blood levels of neuron­specific enolase (NSE), a marker of neuronal damage. The blood level was significantly reduced by day 7 of treatment.

In addition, the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) is commonly used after a brain injury to describe the level of consciousness in a person following a traumatic brain injury. There were marked improvements in traumatic brain injury patients GCS by day 3 of treatment in the study.

Source:
http://newsroom.wiley.com/press­release/journal­clinical­pharmacology/ alzheimers­drug­may­help­treat­traumatic­brain­injury

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