Reduction of agitation leads to less stress for caregiver; better care for patient
Results from a Phase II, multi-center study found dronabinol, a synthetic version of the active ingredient in marijuana, reduces agitation in patients with Alzheimers disease. In addition, the research concluded that reduced agitation may contribute to the relief of caregiver burden associated with the condition. The findings were presented at the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists 34th annual meeting.
"Our results show dronabinol is an effective treatment for behavioral agitation in patients with Alzheimers and may ultimately help reduce the stress often experienced by caregivers," said geriatrician Joel S. Ross, M.D. a member of the teaching faculty at Monmouth Medical Center and the lead investigator in the study. "While difficult for the patient, the effects of agitation can greatly impact the emotional and physical health of family members and caregivers. By reducing patients agitation, caregivers are able to focus more time and energy on their patients overall wellbeing."
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