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I may have mild alzheimer's. My doctor gave me AXONA to try. Has anyone tried it?

By Anonymous May 4, 2010 - 3:20pm
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I have been more forgetful in the past year or so. I am elderly and would like to
know whether AXONA is safe and truthfully effective. What have studies shown with
real patients?

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Hi Anon - I've found mixed reviews about the use of Axona.

Here's what neuropsychologist Glenn Smith, from the Mayo Clinic, had to say:

Axona is a prescription supplement that claims to target the nutritional needs of people with Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's is thought to hinder the brain's ability to break down glucose. According to Axona's marketing materials, the supplement provides an alternative source of glucose that the brain can use for energy.

It's not clear what benefits, if any, Axona provides. A small study, funded by the manufacturers of the product, found that memory and cognition improved for people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease. However, more studies are needed to determine its safety and effectiveness.

Axona is marketed as a medical food. Medical foods are dietary supplements that help manage a disease or condition that causes nutritional deficiencies. The Alzheimer's Association, however, disputes the notion that Alzheimer's disease causes nutritional deficiencies and requires a medical food. Medical foods are given only under the supervision of a doctor. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn't approve medical foods, nor does it test medical foods for safety or effectiveness.

Until more is known, the Alzheimer's Association doesn't recommend the use of medical foods, including Axona, for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper published an article about a patient who used this with successful results. You can find the article at: http://www.cleveland.com/healthfit/index.ssf/2009/08/axona_a_medical_food_is_tried.html

The following link takes you to the news release and additional information that was provided by the manufacturer when this product was launched: http://www2.prnewswire.com/mnr/axona/36444/

Will you let us know if this information is helpful? Thanks, Pat

May 4, 2010 - 6:59pm
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