Aphasia: Top Five Drugs That Work

Friday, 10 Sep 2010 11:09 AM

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Aphasia is a syndrome where the patient faces problems understanding and expressing thoughts and language. The cause of the disease can vary from stroke to viral infection. If the damage to the patient’s brain is mild, recovery is possible for language skills with alternate therapies and even without chemotherapy.
 
Language and speech therapies: These are helpful for rehabilitating patients and helping them recover from a stroke’s effects. These therapies are also helpful for patients having expressive aphasia and Wernicke's aphasia.
 
Aphasia therapy is a slow process and language skills recovery takes time. Most people can benefit through this therapy, though the amount of recovery depends on the patient and other factors. For aphasia therapy to be effective, it should start as soon as possible after the brain injury. Aphasia therapy is aided by regular exercises and practice of techniques taught by a speech pathologist. Treatment for aphasia starts with a simple task of naming various objects. The complex world is slowly brought in as the patient shows improvement. Aphasia therapy is also focused on teaching the patient to communicate effectively by understanding other people's gestures and expressions. The patients may even be helped through the use of a book or a signboard to recall their memory. Aphasia therapy is usually carried out in groups of patients. It may even include outings and the use of computers for better results.
 
Chemotherapy: Apart from speech and language therapy for aphasia, aphasia therapy may be carried out through chemotherapy alone or in combination with other types of treatment. Chemotherapy drugs are not very effective in all conditions of the disease and are still in the developmental stages. Clinical trials have been carried out for the combination of drugs Piracetam, Bifemalane, Piribedil, Bromocriptine, Idebenone, and Dextran 40. Other drugs that have been used for treating aphasia include Donepezil, Aniracetam, Dexamphetamine, and Methylphenidate.

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