Researchers to Test Viagra-Style Drug to Combat Vascular Dementia

As part of an international trial, a group of pensioners will be given a Viagra-style drug. The trial, which is one of its kind, is to know whether or not the pill can combat dementia.

Main aim of the drug would be to increase the blood flow to brain and then, it will be assessed that whether it helped in prevent a common form of dementia. Lead researcher Dr. Atticus Hainsworth at St George’s, University of London, said that in the project, they will recruit 50 people aged over 65 in Britain.

The volunteers would be those having blood vessel damage after suffering a stroke or they suffer from mild memory loss. In the trial, the Viagra-style drug, Tadalafil, will be used. The drug works by dilating blood vessels in order to help prevent the onset of vascular dementia, which is the second most common form of dementia.

Vascular dementia accounts for 110,000 cases in the UK. It occurs due to damage to the small blood vessels of the brain, which further leads to reduced blood flow to brain tissue.

Dr. Hainsworth affirmed that they want to know whether the drug can be used to combat dementia, which is known as the 21st century plague. The drug Tadalafil is increasingly used to increase blood flow in pensile tissue.

In this trial, the researchers will check whether the drug can do the same for another important organ of the body. “My colleagues and I are very enthusiastic about this transatlantic initiative, as there are too few drugs in the medicine cupboard for dementia”, asserted Dr. Hainsworth.

Dr. Doug Brown, the director of research and development at the Alzheimer’s Society, said that 850,000 people in the UK will have dementia in the UK by next year. Therefore, it is important to do everything to come up with better treatments.

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