Recently, on CBC Marketplace, host Tom Harrington explored the industry of improved brain function--both what is promised, and what is actually received.
Memory loss is a huge concern for many these days. Even recently, WHO joined with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the UK Department of Health at the first ever Ministerial Conference on Global Action Against Dementia to tackle the rising concern of memory loss. At the conference, "80 countries called for action to address a tidal wave of new cases of dementia, with a projected global cost of US$1·2 trillion by 2050." One key byproduct of the conference was the creation of the Dementia Discovery Fund, designed to provide grants to promising start-ups in the field--provided that they are pharmaceutical. Non-patented natural products are not included.
While drugs for memory loss are becoming more common, the side effects are frightening. For instance, listen for the side effects of Latuda in this commercial:
According to the website, Latuda's label claim states Latuda is not approved for use in psychotic conditions related to dementia. Lurasidone may increase the risk of death in older adults with dementia-related conditions.
On the website of Latuda their product is used for treating dementia, and the generic version of Latuda is Lurasidone and the risk of death for older adults using the drug.
What we have here is a drug that causes death and not does not treat psychotic conditions, which according to a separate study states that the greatest risk factor of dementia is the development of psychotic conditions.
Dementia is the greatest risk factor for development of psychotic symptoms in the geriatric population both as a result of dementia itself and through an increased vulnerability to delirium.
Why is this drug being produced for a disease condition it does not treat, could it be based solely on profit and not the patient’s needs? Here is a list of only the more severe side effects:
More common absence of or decrease in body movement difficulty with swallowing drooling inability to sit still incremental or ratchet-like movement of the muscle loss of balance control mask-like face muscle discomfort muscle trembling, jerking, or stiffness need to keep moving restlessness rigid or stiff muscles shakiness in the legs, arms, hands, or feet shuffling walk slow movements slow reflexes slurred speech stiffness of the arms and legs tic-like (jerky) movements of the head, face, mouth, and neck trembling or shaking of the hands or feet twisting movements of the body uncontrolled movements, especially of the face, neck, and back
Less common arm, back, or jaw pain blurred vision burning while urinating changes in patterns and rhythms of speech chest pain or discomfort chills cold sweats confusion convulsions difficult or painful urination difficulty opening the mouth difficulty with breathing dizziness dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse fixed position of the eye headache high fever inability to move the eyes inability to speak increased blinking or spasms of the eyelid increased sweating lockjaw loss of bladder control muscle spasm, especially of the neck and back nervousness pale skin pounding in the ears seizures severe muscle stiffness severe or sudden headache shortness of breath slow or fast heartbeat slurred speech sticking out of the tongue sweating temporary blindness tiredness trouble with breathing, speaking, or swallowing troubled breathing with exertion uncontrolled twisting movements of the neck, trunk, arms, or legs unusual bleeding or bruising unusual facial expressions unusual tiredness or weakness unusually pale skin weakness in the arm or leg on one side of the body, sudden and severe
Rare black, tarry stools bloody urine breast pain or swelling cough dark-colored urine decreased frequency or amount of urine fever increased thirst large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs loss of appetite lower back or side pain muscle cramps or spasms muscle pain or stiffness nausea sore throat sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth swelling of the face, fingers, or lower legs swollen glands troubled breathing vomiting weight gain
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