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Glutamate is a major neurotransmitter in the central nervous system (CNS). Large amount of glutamate can overstimulate N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR), causing neuronal injury and death. Recently, NMDAR has been reported to be found in the lungs. The aim of this study is to examine the effects of memantine, a NMDAR channel blocker, on bleomycin-induced lung injury mice.
Young onset Parkinson's disease (YOPD) is defined as idiopathic Parkinson's disease (IPPD) occurring in people between 21 and 40 years of age; it strikes approximately 5% of Parkinson's patients. YOPD has earlier onset of motor complications than later onset Parkinson's disease. Motor complications and disease progression are responsible for devastating morbidity. Current medical and surgical treatments can dramatically ameliorate motor complications and help maintain function and employment. Patient education, support, and advocacy provided by nursing staff can influence the treatment options for these patients, having a significant effect on the future course of the disease. This case history documents the course of a YOPD patient with unusually severe motor complications. He is the only patient at Puget Sound Neurology ever to develop rhabdomyolysis due to dyskinesias. Following bilateral subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation, his Parkinson's symptoms have improved dramatically, and his motor complications are significantly improved.
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Dopaminergic drug treatment is persistently reduced and simplified following chronic STN-DBS for up to 3 years.
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Catatonia, originally described by Karl Kahlbaum in 1874, may be regarded as a set of clinical features found in a subtype of schizophrenia, but the syndrome may also stem from organic causes including vascular parkinsonism, brain masses, globus pallidus lesions, metabolic derangements, and pharmacologic agents, especially first generation antipsychotics. Catatonia may include paratonia, waxy flexibility (cerea flexibilitas), stupor, mutism, echolalia, and catalepsy (abnormal posturing). A case of catatonia as a result of acute renal failure in a patient with dementia with Lewy bodies is described. This patient recovered after intravenous fluid administration and reinstitution of the atypical dopamine receptor blocking agent quetiapine, but benzodiazepines and amantadine are additional possible treatments. Recognition of organic causes of catatonia leads to timely treatment and resolution of the syndrome.
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The treatment of two cases of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease with amantidine is described. The first case made a remarkable initial improvement which was sustained for two months, but then deteriorated and died. Histological examination of the brain showed changes consistent with early Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. The second case which was clinically one of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease has now been followed for 30 months since the start of treatment and appears to be cured. It is considered that amantidine has a definite effect in this disease and it is suggested that its mode of action, though unknown, is more likely to be metabolic than antiviral.
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To review the first generation of antiviral agents (e.g., idoxuridine, amantadine, vidarabine) that paralleled discovery of antineoplastic agents.
After a patient is diagnosed with Parkinson disease (PD), there are many therapeutic options available. This article provides examples of prototypical patients encountered in clinical practice and illustrates the various pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatment options for the motor symptoms of PD.
Glutamate is the major transmitter candidate between inner hair cells and the afferent neurons of the mammalian cochlea. We investigated the action of memantine (1-amino-3,5-dimethyl-adamantane) and the quinoxaline derivative caroverine [1-diethylaminoethyl-3,8-(p-methoxybenzyl)-1,2-dihydro-quinoxaline-dione] on the glutamatergic transmission in the guinea pig cochlea utilizing extracellular recording techniques and microiontophoretic ejection of substances. While memantine was able to inhibit the NMDA (N-methyl-D-aspartate)-induced firing, the AMPA (alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methylisoxazole-4-propionic acid)-stimulated activity was unaffected. In contrast, caroverine could block both NMDA- as well as AMPA-induced firing. As memantine and caroverine are currently in clinical use, these substances could be introduced to the treatment of several cochlear disorders.
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Outpatients with MCI and AD in ADNI.
In this population, concomitant memantine use did not alter the response profile of donepezil 23 vs. 10 mg/day. Donepezil 23 mg was generally safe and well tolerated among patients receiving donepezil alone and among patients receiving a combination of donepezil and memantine therapy.
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In cases of corneal edema and in the absence of any identifiable ocular causes, a review of toxic effects of systemic medication should be undertaken. Amantadine can cause corneal decompensation and needs to be considered as part of the differential diagnosis of corneal edema.
Memantine, a NMDA receptor antagonist used in several experimental models of neuronal cell injury, is a neuroprotective agent that can attenuate neuronal apoptosis connected with over-stimulation of NMDA receptors. In the present study, we evaluated the impact of memantine on apoptosis in primary cerebellar granule cell (CGC) cultures at 7 and 12 day in vitro (DIV). Cell death was induced by staurosporine (St, 0.5 microM) or by decreasing the level of potassium in the culture medium (LP, 5 mM KCl). Both treatments induced cell death in CGC with higher cell-damaging effects at 12 DIV and 7 DIV neurons for St and LP, respectively. Memantine (0.1-2 microM) partially attenuated St-induced apoptosis only in 7 DIV CGC as assessed by DNA fragmentation and LDH release, but not caspase-3 activity. During LP-induced apoptosis, memantine decreased LDH release and DNA fragmentation, but not affected caspase-3 activity in 7 and 12 DIV CGC. Interestingly, we found no beneficial effects of other NMDA antagonists, including a competitive antagonist such as AP-5 (100 microM) and an uncompetitive antagonist such as MK-801, (1 microM). In conclusion, our data suggest that the anti-apoptotic effects of memantine in CGC are developmentally regulated and its neuroprotective action occurs through an NMDAR-independent mechanism.
Rates of change were modeled using trial and registry-based patient level data. A discrete event simulation projected outcomes for three identical patient groups: donepezil 10 mg, memantine 20 mg and no therapy. Patient mix, mortality and costs were developed using Germany-specific sources.
A group of 27 patients with Friedreich's ataxia and another group of 30 patients with olivopontocerebellar atrophies were each randomly divided into two subgroups, one receiving placebo and the other amantadine hydrochloride (AH; 200 mg daily) for three to four months.
In vivo pulse voltammetry was used to study the effect of anti-parkinsonian drugs and of neurotoxins in rat striatum. It could be demonstrated that besides the well-known changes of total dopamine (DA) concentrations the applied drugs affected also the extraneuronal DA metabolism in the living rat. In addition, neurotoxin-treated rats can be used as a model to study some aspects of the Parkinson syndrome.
Memantine, a non-competitive antagonist of NMDA receptors, has recently been used in Alzheimer's disease. The influences of memantine on behavioral changes, monoamine oxidase (MAO) activity and reuptake of both serotonin (5-HT) and dopamine in mice were examined in the present study. Memantine dose-dependently increased locomotor activity. This effect was inhibited by intraperitoneal (i.p.) administration of haloperidol. Furthermore, administration [intracerebroventricular (i.c.v.)] of memantine did not induce the head-twitch response (HTR). However, the 5-HT-induced HTR was potentiated by the combined administration of memantine. The enhanced HTR was inhibited by i.p. administration of haloperidol or 5-HT(2A) antagonist ketanserin. Memantine at 1 mM inhibited both MAO-A and MAO-B activities in mouse forebrain homogenates to 37% and 64% of controls, respectively. Lineweaver-Burk plots analysis revealed competitive inhibition with both MAO-A and MAO-B. The inhibitions were also reversible. Memantine inhibited the reuptake of both 5-HT and dopamine into mouse forebrain synaptosomes. 5-HT and dopamine reuptakes were inhibited to 2% and 16% of controls, respectively, with 1 mM memantine. These findings suggest that the increased locomotor activity and enhanced 5-HT-induced HTR by memantine may result from the reuptake and turnover inhibitions of 5-HT and dopamine.
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Nosocomial transmission of influenza has been reported infrequently; however, patients in general hospitals are often among the most susceptible to the complications of influenza infection. Hospital-acquired influenza may occur more often than is reported, but it may be recognized because of lack of diagnostic facilities or the time required for virus isolation and identification. Based on the mode of transmission in the hospital, the established reservoirs of influenza virus, and duration of virus shedding, isolating patients with influenza may occasionally be useful but restricting visitors is probably not required. Vaccinating hospital personnel with influenza vaccine and, if influenza A is prevalent, giving amantadine hydrochloride to high-risk patients or personnel should both be considered.
A sustained virological response (SVR) was shown in 31.8% (seven of 22 patients). With the naïve patients, the SVR rate was 21.4% (three of 14 patients). In patients who could not eradicate HCV-RNA by previous IFN monotherapy, the SVR rate was 50% (four of eight patients).
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At the end of the 2003-4 influenza season, we conducted a cross sectional on-line survey of physician knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding rapid diagnostic testing and use of antiviral therapy for influenza at two large academic medical centers, one in Massachusetts and the other in Texas. We collected data on self-reported demographics, test use, prescribing practices, and beliefs about influenza and anti-influenza drugs.
High-level evidence related to pharmacological strategies for managing Lewy body dementia is rare. Strategies for important areas of need in Lewy body dementia, such as autonomic symptoms and caregiver burden, have not been investigated, nor have the views of patients and caregivers about pharmacological strategies.
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The antiviral effect of amantadine (1-aminoadamantane) was tested in vitro as well as in vivo. Treatment of persistently Borna disease virus (BDV)-infected cell lines of different origin and for various length of time did not result in a general reduction of virus titer or clearance of virus from infected cells. In vivo, rats were treated with amantadine by daily oral application or by use of osmotic pumps, and in both cases treatment was started before infection. Neither route of application of the drug had any influence on the time of onset of disease, on antiviral antibody titers, on virus titer in the brain, on the severity of the inflammatory reaction in the brain, or on the severity of neurological symptoms. These experiments, although revealing negative results and obtained using a virus from a natural case of Borna disease grown after isolation in vitro for a long period of time, should caution from the general use of amantadine as a curative agent against BDV infection as has been implicated recently [Bode et al. (1997) Lancet 349:178-179].
A full comparison of the satisfaction with treatment using the current Alzheimer's disease (AD) therapies from the perspective of caregivers has not yet been done. The aim of this study was thus to find out the degree of satisfaction with the main available drug treatments in monotherapy for AD from this point of view.