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Medical Mind / brain / thought ehnanceing pills

  1. May 3, 2009 #1
    there was some thing on the news not long ago and i would like to find out what has happened in this field

    folks are takeing med that tho made for some other condition are enhanceing their
    abbility to thing better and be more on "their game" then normal
    and that the military has also been checking in on this

    meds devloped for ahzimewrs and add and other conditions
    have any been checked out for TBI as the new brain injured GI's comeing
    home have issues with thought also ...
    is it possable these will help them?
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  3. May 4, 2009 #2
    Many people take adderall and provigil to stay awake / focus better. This is becoming more and more common especially amongst scientists and students.

    As for your second question, I was not aware of anyone trying to treat traumatic brain injury (TBI) with psychophamacology. However, I just did a quick search and it turns out you're right. They are prescribing Ritalin for traumatic brain injury. It seems to improve scores on various measures of cognitive function that are often impaired by TBI.

    c.f. (Whyte et. al. 2002 Psychostimulant use in the rehabilitation of individuals with traumatic brain injury)
  4. May 4, 2009 #3
    i worked at a VA center and know several TBI survivors some mild, some not so ..
    one thing that seems to be with all is that they are absent minded or forget want they were after or were they put something)and are easily distracted from conversation or task at hand...
    would thoes symptions be helped by any of thoes meds?
    does any one know if there any clincial trials investagating this aspect of brain pills?
    hummm... and what side effects from these meds..
    btw: do you have a link for the Ritalin use?
  5. May 6, 2009 #4


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    Do you have a more complete citation for this? The journal and volume number? This sounds interesting and I'd like to read more about it.
  6. May 6, 2009 #5

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    I think I found it:

    J. Whyte, M. Vaccaro, P. Grieb-Neff and T. Hart, Psychostimulant use in the rehabilitation of individuals with traumatic brain injury, Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation 17 (2002), pp. 284–289.
  7. May 6, 2009 #6
    yeah, i'm sure the military would be interested. especially considering they are keeping men in combat situations far longer than they should. maybe they should invest in drugs that induce a sociopathic/psychopathic state, since those seem to be the ones least affected. in any case, don't get the idea that what the military does would be in your best interest, because not only can amphetamine type drugs like adderall cause harm to your mental state, but modafinil can cause psychosis, too.

    one of the more interesting alzheimer trials i read about actually involved injecting a TNFalpha reducing drug directly into patients' spinal/brain fluid. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etanercept#Experimental.2Foff-label_uses
  8. May 6, 2009 #7
    and jest were can i find this on line?
    could you provide a link or email me the article..
    2002 seems a lot of resurch should have been done since then..
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  10. May 7, 2009 #9
    Yep, that was the article I saw. I'm sure there must be more recent written about this since 2002... though this is pretty far from my area.

    There seems to be a more extensive literature on the use of psychostimulants in rehabilitation after stroke (or other CVA). The logic behind their use in both cases is probably similar...
  11. May 7, 2009 #10
    yes i found the buy it now on that site also..
    well you guys seem to have some thoughts on the idea of stimulant treatment for some of the symptoms of TBI or perhaps have some experience in dealing with TBI survivors...
    care to comment on this aspect ?
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