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Stuttering: Latest Medical Breakthroughs

Monday, 04 Oct 2010 09:30 AM

New medical treatment for stuttering involves the use of prescribed medications that are dopamine antagonists. Although antistuttering medications may have severe side effects, they collectively reduce the problem of stuttering by 50%. Medical research is currently focusing on newer and more effective drugs that can be used for stutter therapy.

Some of the most common and most popular antistuttering medications include Haldol, Risperdal, Zyprexa, Pimozide, and Tiapride. All of these are prescription medications and must be administered only under the supervision of a doctor or a trained medical practitioner.

Research for antistuttering medication Pagoclone:
The latest medical breakthrough in dealing with stuttering is based on stuttering research. This has led to the development of a new medical treatment for stuttering based entirely on a drug called Pagoclone. This wonder drug is considered to be the answer to stuttering and holds great potential in the realm of speech therapy. It is the only antistuttering medication that is not only potent but also well-tolerated by a majority of patients involved in clinical trials.

Though Pagoclone is similar to other antistuttering medications, as it acts on the neurochemical pathways of the brain, it selectively targets another neurochemical called GABA. This neurochemical has made news because it has been found to play a significant role in stuttering.

Pagoclone has been found to help alleviate the symptoms of stuttering in more than 50 percent of individuals treated. Though the side effects of Pagoclone-based stutter therapy are headache and fatigue, they are a small price to pay when compared to the immense relief patients receive.

Electronic devices for stutter therapy:
Another medical breakthrough is the use of electronic devices for treating stuttering. These electronic devices may not be suitable for children suffering from stuttering. However, if adult stutterers can get over the embarrassment of using them and accept them as an integral part of the process of stutter therapy, SpeechEasy (SE) and the FluencyMaster (FM) can definitely help improve the flow and fluency of the language through the process of auditory feedback for an improved delivery of speech. SpeechEasy (SE) has been shown to reduce stuttering as evident from PET scans of the brain.

Genes for biological origin of stuttering identified:
Until recently, researchers thought that stuttering was an after effect of severe anxiety and depression. The causes that were earlier attributed to stuttering included emotional distress and poor parenting. However, stuttering is now known to be biological in its origin; three genes in the human genome are responsible for stuttering.

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