Citolapram(Celexa) in preliminary study for Alzheimers Prevention/Treatment
No, it's not yet time to go stock up on Celexa, but I've been following a very peculiar development:
Celexa seems to very rapidly start cutting the development of amyloid tangles typical of Alzheimers, by about 75-80%.
Even before it has an effect on depression.
But something else very wild came out of this:
Celexa and other antidepressants may work (and may take weeks or months to take effect) because they are helping new healthy nerve cells to grow.
It's been suspected for some time that antidepressants actually do protect brain cells so cells can grow as they should, by helping 'nerve factors' that nourish .... ah....baby nerve cells.
Depression and other disorders may actually interfere with new brain cell growth - in other words - something that is natural and needs to take place, is prevented by depression.
So that even more wildly - now we have proof that brain cells continue to grow in adults, in areas of the brain where that was not thought to be possible, just a few years ago.
It's not time to go out and stock up on Celexa, yet, as I said. But I'll be watching closely over the next year or two to see if these researchers can take their research on to the point of actually having ENOUGH data to make solid recommendations.
With Celexa and similar drugs going generic, we may see the drug companies struggle to prevent their little treasures from going generic, if more uses are found for those drugs. Two companies in Denmark already tried to delay Celexa going generic and got slapped up side of the head for it.
If general guidelines come out for medication that helps prevent Alzheimer tangles from forming to that degree(they form years before obvious symptoms occur), it would be very good if it were generic medicine.