Parkinson disease and Alzeheimer's disease

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  1. Parkinson Disease
    degenerative progressive disorder of the CNS cause by the depletion of dopamine ]. it usually effects adults over 50. it takes years for the symptoms to develop. meds therapy is the cornerstone for treatment
  2. Four classic features
    • 1. Tremor- resting tremor
    • 2. bradykinesia- slow movements
    • 3. muscle rigidity- hard to flex and extend 
    • 4. postural instability- problem with balance more fall

    slowness weakness
  3. Pathology of Parkinson's disease and how meds can decrease this?
    Dopamine is not functioning correctly; and ach is release (helps one nerve cell talk to another but with parkinson this goes down)

    place arole with coordination

    the drugs restore dopamine function and block cholinergic activity in the nigrostriatal pathway

    dopamine and ach is messed
  4. name two classification for Parkinson disease
    • Dopaminergic- increase dopamine
    • anticholin- decrease ach bring up dopamine
  5. Congentin
    • initial therapy
    • then used as an adjunct

    • dopamine does not cross the brain blood barrier
    •  block ach and raise the dopamine
    • increase dopamine 
    • does not cross the brain blood barrier
  6. Congentin Se
    similar to anticholinergic SE

    Dry mouth, tachycardia, urinary retention, constipation, increase temp, decrease sweating, blurried vision
  7. dopaminergic
    Sinemet- levodopa/carbidopa (carbidopa stops enzyme from breaking up levodopa- helps more of the levodopa get into the brain. no real function but that and all se come from levodopa)

    this the choice for Parkinsonism

    SE: increase anxiety, insomnia, nightmare, GI N/v weight loss, CV hypotension neuro- dykinesia abnormal involuntary movements to increase dopamine 

    toxcity dyskinesias uncontrolled movements- muscle twitching and spasm of the eye

    early sign of toxcity-
  8. other Parkinson agents
    Dopamine agonist
    Antiviral agent
    • Dopamine agonist (mirapex and requip)- directly activate the dopamine receptors. requip had been seen to have better control dyskinesia
    • SE: nausea, constipation, headache, hypotension, sudden sleep disturbances

    • Antiviral agent (amantadine): cause release of dopamine from nerve terminals. 
    • SE: dizziness, lightheadedness, anxiety, sleep disturbance, difficulty concentration
  9. Alzheimer;s disease
    progressive degenerative disease. a main characteristic of dementia. etiology is not fully understood, research: enviromental factors, development of amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles, chronic brain inflammation, immune factors, virus
  10. AD s/s
    • inabiltiy to remember and to recall information,
    • impaired memory and judgement, disorientation, inability to recognize family and friends, and anxiety
  11. Pathology and meds effects of AD
    • AD - abnormal structures in the brain.
    • neurons die
    • the brain shrinks
    • memory loss

    med- cholinesterase inhibits- increase ach
  12. Acetylcholinesterase (achE)
    most widely used

    AchE inhibitor are indirect acting cholinergic drugs

    AchE is the enzyme that breaks up ach

    what the meds do it replace it. 

    • start immediately upon dx
    • most effective early one
    • with time the effects decrease
    • it is individual- some pts will have a great response and some mild

    • common side effects GI- diarrhea 
    • NI- takes a month for full of effects, d/c slowly take them off
  13. Aricept (donepezil)
    • has as a cholinergic effect
    • increase ach- abd cramping.diarrhea
  14. Other agents for AD
    Namenda- NMDA receptor agent, reduces high levels of glutamate- glutamate destroys neurons. used for moderate to severe AD

    Vit E- increase oxydation so cells can grow

    • Cox 2- decrease inflammation
    • Atypical Antipsychotic agents- decrease agitation, hallucination (last resort)
    • Antianxiety agents- mood stabilizer: treat anxiety and depression (last resort)
    • the two have CNS effects be careful with this...
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Parkinson disease and Alzeheimer's disease
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