Advantages of Neuroprotective Drugs

Michael Young

Many people nowadays complain of having memory problems. These issues are common not only among women but also among the representatives of the "strong sex". A considerable part of modern people forget about a lot of things at present, for instance, where they have left their telephone or purse, the names of their new acquaintance, etc. That, however, is often associated with other manifestations of disorders in the proper functioning of brain - deterioration in learning, depression, sleep disturbances, headache, dizziness, and so on.

Can anyone help such a defenseless "gray matter", whose nerve cells, according to the popular opinion, "do not recover"? Even if this is not quite true, it turns out to be possible! And the first place in the list of drugs used to improve the activity of the brain belongs to "nootropics" from the combination of the words "noos" which means the mind, and "tropos" which means affinity. It is a substance having affinity (or, as it often is called in medicine "tropism") to the mind.

It should be noted that it is not completely correct to associate the mind and specific mental disorders. Psychiatry has in its arsenal antidepressants, antipsychotics (to treat psychoses), tranquilizers (to relieve anxiety) and something else. And nootropics, though they may have the above-mentioned effects of neuropharmacological drugs, are less specific and more useful. After all, the "big psychopharmacology" tends to intervene in the subtle processes of regulation of brain activity which is not always good for the patient and may sometimes form drug dependency, etc. This can be compared with the effect of dipyrone on pain, for example. The pain will be removed but its cause won't. But nootropics contribute to the improvement of brain cells activity in general and then provide other positive effects for the higher nervous activity.

It turns out that chronic insomnia as a result of cerebrovascular disorder or head injuries in the past can be treated by hypnotics for a long time without any positive effect. But, what you should do is to treat the brain with drugs that improve cerebral blood flow and metabolism in nerve cells. These will protect them from the destruction caused by free radicals, aggressive molecules which harm normal brain work. And then, insomnia (as well as irritability, weakness, headache, dizziness and other symptoms of asthenovegetative syndrome) can leave an individual by themselves.

Nootropics are often called "tablets for the mind". These are mostly prescribed to elderly people, children lagging behind in development, individuals with mental disabilities or patients recovering from severe heart problems. The increase of the older population on the planet in recent years in association with the growth of life expectancy leads to the growing frequency of neurological diseases, developing among the elderly people. The most common of them are neurodegenerative dementia and cognitive impairment associated with cerebrovascular disease (encephalopathy).

The fact that you can take them to improve the work of brain and to become brilliant and very active in one hour was not previously cultivated in public, but with the advent of universal fame about the "magic pills" in the United States, the situation has changed. Since the beginning of the 90s, our generation of students and busy office workers became more frequent visitors of the drugstore in search of the doping for their gray cells.