Sep 16, 2013
By AM740 Staff
Researchers say drugs known as cognitive enhancers do not improve mental function in people with mild cognitive impairment.
Mild cognitive impairment, is memory lapses that may interfere with everyday tasks but is not the same as normal aging.
However, up to 17 per cent of people with MCI go on to develop a dementia such as Alzheimer’s.
In Canada, doctors need special authorization to prescribe the drugs for MCI.
Researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto reviewed eight randomized trials that compared four cognitive enhancers against placebo pills.
Their report in today’s Canadian Medical Association Journal says the drugs don’t benefit MCI patients in the long term and can cause nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and headaches.