ISLAMABAD: An anti-depressant drug could be used to slow the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, say scientists.
BBC health reported that research into 23 people, and transgenic mice, found Citalopram (Celexa) hampered a protein which helps to build destructive plaques in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.
Scientists said they hoped the study could help prevent the disease.
Experts said the study was “interesting” and that using an approved drug could be beneficial. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia.
It affects the brain through protein plaques and tangles which lead to the death of brain cells, and a shortage of chemicals important for transmitting messages.
Symptoms include loss of memory, mood changes, and problems with communication and reasoning.