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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
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Friday, May 16, 2014

im not really but

the next time i go see my primary care doctor
im going to say
i feel sad all the time
i cant sleep at night   now that one is true
i feel an impending doom   now that one is partially true
its called alzheimers disease
im having trouble with my appetite   now that one is true also
but thats due to the aricept (donepezil) im taking
i feel tired a lot   now thats true but thats usually in the afternoon
and evening and again thats from the aricept (donepezil) im taking

now when you look at those symptoms they are when put
together some of the symptoms of depression

now i know that most of my symptoms are due to my aricept (donepezil)
and its side effects
side effects who cares about side effects when it comes to aricept
those side effects are nothing compared to whats looming in the
so please dont talk to me about side effects i dont care about them

now i get screened on an annual basis for depression when i have
my 2 hour neuropych exam as part of the adni-2 study that im in
thats alzehiemers disease neuroimaging initiative

so i know that im not depressed
i dont really feel depressed
if he asked me questions i would answer them truthfully
because i might just want to take an antidepressant
maybe a ssri selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor

basically it makes the serotonin levels stay high in the brain

now of course i would want a generic one since its cheap
i dont want to increase the profits of big pharma too much
one like what i use to order first for depression

a 10 mg tablet would cost $6.40 for 30 pills at costco
the brand celexa would cost $157 for those same pills
nice profit huh

why in the heck would i fake depression to just get a depression
pill a ssri one called citalopram

it seems that citalopram and the other ssris by keeping the serotonin
levels up in the brain appear to decrease the levels of beta amyloid
that accumulates there

now its the beta amyloid that bad stuff that accumulates forms those
sticky gooey plaques that leads to the cascade of events that
causes tau protein destruction tangles that leads to or causes
the symptoms of alzheimers disease

wait now i thought that new alzheimers vaccine was going to do
that also

why is this 20 cent pill not been looked at before

they just now did it on rats
yep it worked dropped the bad boy beta amyloid down 40%
wow if it only worked in humans

so why not give it to humans and see if it works
they did
gave it to normal folks and the levels in the brain fluid dropped
by over 25%

now the plan is to give it to folks who hopefully are early in the
disease to see if it drops the levels and substands that low level
over time

wow if that works
lets pour the money into more research to find out if it could
be this simple

first the warning from researches well we worry about the side effects
do more study needs to be done

excuse me one minute here

side effects dont talk to me about side effects
have you mr researcher ever taken aricept for a month
then do it and talk to me about side effects

side effects dont talk to me about side effects
im looking down into my future
if i have alzheimers which i personally feel i do
then whats in store for me and my family over the next few years
is nothing compared to any damn side effects
side effects give me a break

then this is the thing that makes me want to vomit this morning

this drug is a generic drug easily manufactured by many companies
its almost as cheap as aspirin
there is no big pharma who will finance the research that needs
to be done to see if this works
folks its expensive to do the research

then thanks to the no good congress who struck out all the
big research monies from the budget a few years ago
there is not enough money available for all the research that needs
to be done

this research on this cheap medicine citalpram was sponsored by
the national institue of health nih and the alzheimers association
that money that you and i paid in taxes
you and i donated to the alzheimers asscoiation

now ive stepped down off my high horse
calmed down some

i think i call dr b today
i think i need a medicine for depression
could i maybe try citalpram

hopefully he doesnt read this blog

the organicgreen doctor


  1. TOGD, what are the side affects of taking citalopram, are they any worse than other meds on the market, like the aricept you take? Maybe you and I can start the process to get federal funding to try citalopram as a benefit to fighting Alzheimer!

  2. citalopram has side effects that are different for each person
    if a person is depressed it helps with controlling the depression
    it can interfere with sleep either not enough or too much
    some patients complain if feeling spacey or weird or anxious
    when it works it works well

    giving it to a person without depression or anxiety symptoms may make the side effects worse
    but if you knew that it would help you long term you might put up with the side effects
    like i do with the aricept (donepezil) since i know that there is a chance its helping so im willing to put up with the side effects