Today, I’m due to get my first delivery of the trial drugs I spoke about in a previous blog. I’ll hopefully be taking Minocycline, which is an antibiotic currently used for the treatment of acne. The aim of the trial is to determine whether it might be of benefit in Alzheimer’s disease by slowing the expected rate of deterioration.
‘Inflammation of the brain is believed to play an important role in Alzheimer’s disease and it’s progression. Minocycline has been shown to have an anti-inflammatory effect in other research and is a potential future treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.’
This type of trial is becoming the way forward – by trialling drugs, already licensed for use of another kind to treat a different kind of condition. Developing brand new drugs cost millions and takes years, so using drugs already in use and testing them for other uses seems a very good use of time and funding.
I need your help! I said at the beginning that ‘I’ll hopefully’ be taking the drug……….. While I’ve categorically told them I don’t want the placebo. I’m not convinced they’ve listened. So to give me an even better chance of getting the real thing, can you all help me by crossing your fingers and toes in the hope that I don’t get the placebo!
Power of multi-people positive thinking –ha! And even if it doesn’t work, I should be free of acne!