Effect of Testosterone Therapy in Men With Alzheimer's Disease and Low Testosterone
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Treatment with testosterone can improve performance on tests of spatial ability in men with low testosterone levels and Alzheimer's disease. Improved performance on these tests may mean an improved ability to get around in one's environment without getting lost or injured. This could have a positive impact on both patients and those who care for them. We will investigate what areas of the brain are involved in these improvements in spatial ability. This will be done using a PET scan, which creates a 3-dimensional image of the brain that can allow us to see how the brain functions.
Condition or disease
Drug: AndroGel (Solvay Pharmaceuticals)
Volunteers will be treated with a prescription testosterone gel applied to the shoulder or other body area each day. This treatment will continue for 6 months. Subjects will undergo a PET scan at the beginning of the study and after approximately 2 months of treatment. Subjects will undergo some cognitive testing throughout the study.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy: AndroGel 1% 5g packets (Solvay Pharmaceuticals). Initial dosage: 5g daily (1 packet). Patients who do not achieve eugonadal levels of 400-600 mg/dL within 2 weeks will be raised to 10g daily.
Other Name: AndroGel 1% 5g packets (Solvay Pharmaceuticals)
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Ages Eligible for Study:
55 Years and older (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Alzheimer's disease diagnosis, based on Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed.; DSM-V)