She Prescribed "Medical Food" For Me
March 20, 2017 4:39pm CST
Okay, this is a new one. I had a psychiatrist visit today. I see her 2-3 times per year. For those of you who don't have mental illnesses or disorders, psychiatrists are the ones who prescribe you medication and monitor your status and the visits are only about 15 minutes. Psychotherapists, counselors and licensed clinical social workers are the ones who give you therapy and coping skills who you see every 3-4 weeks and those visits last 50 minutes. As background, I have major depressive disorder a/k/a severe depression as well as Mild Cognitive Impairment which is turning into Fronto Temporal Dementia. They started me on the medication Aricept for dementia two months ago. Today the doctor gave me a prescription-only supplement that isn't a medication but more of a supplement. On the label it sells itself "Prescription Medical Food." What the heck? The prescription is called Cerefolin NAC and I hadn't heard of it before today. I've now researched it and it's very interesting. Some of you have mentioned having family members with dementia and cognitive impairment, so I thought I'd mention this to you. Here's what it is supposed to do. It's a formulated supplement specifically to meet the needs of people with impaired memory/cognitive function (such as those with dementia). It is supposed to nourish the brain with folate/folic acid, B12 to help grow brain cells, and something I can't pronounce to help make an antioxidant that protects nerves. So I'll give it a try. Medical food, huh? Well, I eat a lot of salmon for brain food too,
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• Midland, Michigan
You seem to young to be having symptoms of something related to dementia, but I've also heard of younger people that get it, so it's probably not rare. Now I understand all your different names, you keep forgetting who you really are. I hope I can put a bit of humor here without hurting your feelings? I've been diagnosed with things before too, but have worked past them for six years now. I'm hopeful they will never return. My mom has dementia so I wish you the best.
• United Kingdom
We find many patients are malnourished especially the elderly because they can't be bothered to cook for one! The B12 and folate are the most common deficiencies which can mimic dementia or cognitive impairment. As long as you are eating a well balanced diet the B group of vitamins are good for the neurological system. Salmon is good for you too!
• United States
Years ago my doctor gave me samples that were labeled medical food. I thought it was cool and funny. Unfortunately, the insurance wouldn't cover it, and the doctor couldn't keep giving me samples. I'm so glad that you get to try something new! It sounds promising.