Alzheimer`s Disease/Alzheimer

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Hi mary,My name is kumar i am from india.i am a student and my age is 19.5,i am not a patient of Alzheimer but i want to ask you that i heard that there is some smart drug in market called nootroopic which improves memory.as a student i want to take it.does it really improves our memory,is there any side-effect in using it?

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Hi Kumar, a nootropic is not a specific drug, but it's a term used to mean a substance that enhances cognition and memory and facilitates learning. So, it could be certain vitamins, herbs, supplements, foods, or even prescription drugs, reputed to improve such mental functions or to lessen or prevent damage to brain cells.

Can't really answer the side effects question because there are so many very different things that are called nootropic. For example Bacopa Monnieri is an Ayurvedic herb found in the marshlands of your country believed to help the body to enhance clear thinking. Here is an article that names several current ones popular with students and young professionals.

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/05/16/nootropics-can-these-smart-drugs-super-

I can't really comment on whether or not these work as I have no experience with any of them, or what kind of side effects or warnings apply. You would have to look each one up on line and read about them to determine if you are satisfied that any risk or their cost is worth the potential improvements that might or might not happen.

Hope this helps!  

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Several years direct experience as caregiver for family member who died of end stage AD. Did lots of research and dealt with a lot of health care professionals and caregivers over the 7 years from diagnosis to the end. Used various care options from community based resources to increasing levels of institutional. Mother of three, two born during our loved one's decline, so I know what it is to be the ham in the sandwich, taking care of the older generation and the younger at the same time and trying to balance everyone`s needs. Ask me, I`ve probably been there, done that. We made lost of mistakes and learned everything the hard way - but you don`t have to! If I can`t answer your question, I`ll steer you to a place or person who can.

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Currently a program manager for a large utility company. My Alzheimers experience comes from having the illness in our family. Out of necessity, we did a lot of research in order to understand the disease, plan for what might come next, and make the right decisions to help and support our loved one. Please note, I am a Canadian living in Toronto, and therefore am not the best person to ask about US regulations and insurance rules!

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