Fiona Macrae's article for The Daily Mail: 07: 47 on October 31, 2012, EDT | update: 21: 16 on October 31, 2012, EDT, because the cost of developing new drugs is too high and the speed is too slow, daily drugs can
Experts believe that antibiotics, acne balls and other conventional treatments already in the bathroom cabinets may double the number of dementia drugs.
They say it's time to re-
Check the drugs that are already in circulation as cheaper, faster alternatives to new therapies.
Many people have multiple effects on the body, so some people can mitigate the effects of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia that affect 800,000 people in the UK.
There are only four drugs currently used for Alzheimer's, which can help relieve symptoms, but there is nothing to do to stop brain damage.
Professor Clive Ballard said: "Overcoming dementia is one of the biggest challenges facing medicine and society as a whole.
It is very important to develop new drugs, but it is very expensive, and it is an unimaginable wait for those with dementia.
"Daily medicines will pass multiple expensive safety tests, so it is possible to prescribe dementia within five to ten years.
It may take 20 years and 0. 6 billion to build a drug from scratch.
Recently, when several promising new therapies failed at the final stage of the test, the hope of rapidly increasing available therapies was dashed.
So, Mr. Ballard, age professor.
King's College London's associated diseases and other experts turned to the possibility of using daily drugs.
They drew a short one.
A list published in the journal Nature review drug discovery.
Lilalu peptide is one of the most promising drugs, and lilalu peptide is a diabetes treatment drug that also has a role in the brain.
Other drugs include antibiotics for acne, mevanilins, and acitretin for skin disease psoriasis.
There is also a blood pressure drug family called calcium channel blocker.
Some of the drugs cost less than 50 p a piece.
Rebecca Wood, chief executive of Alzheimer's Research UK, said: "The idea that drugs for other diseases can fight Alzheimer's is attractive.
But it is not clear whether the drug exists.
Alzheimer's disease is a complex disease with multiple risk factors. ’