Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia among older people. Dementia is a brain disorder that seriously affects a person's ability to carry out daily activities.

AD begins slowly. It first involves the parts of the brain that control thought, memory and language. People with AD may have trouble remembering things that happened recently or names of people they know. A related problem, mild cognitive impairment (MCI), causes more memory problems than normal for people of the same age. Many, but not all, people with MCI will develop AD.

In AD, over time, symptoms get worse. People may not recognize family members. They may have trouble speaking, reading or writing. They may forget how to brush their teeth or comb their hair. Later on, they may become anxious or aggressive, or wander away from home. Eventually, they need total care. This can cause great stress for family members who must care for them.

AD usually begins after age 60. The risk goes up as you get older. Your risk is also higher if a family member has had the disease.

No treatment can stop the disease. However, some drugs may help keep symptoms from getting worse for a limited time.

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1 Recruiting Safety and Efficacy of Propranolol Eye Drops in Treating Retinopathy of Premature
Condition: Retinopathy of Prematurity
Intervention: Drug: Propranolol eye drops
Outcome Measures: Incidence rate of progression from stage 2 ROP to more severe stage ROP (stage 2 or 3 with plus, stage 4 and stage 5);   Plasma concentrations of Propranolol at the steady state;   Number of newborns who progress to Stage 3 without plus ROP;   Number of newborns who progress to Stage 4 or 5 ROP with total or partial retinal detachment;   Number of newborns who need laser treatment;   Number of newborns who need rescue treatment with bevacizumab;   Number of newborns who need vitrectomy;   Collection of adverse events due to eye drop Propranolol treatment
2 Not yet recruiting Efficacy of Propranolol Treatment to Prevent Melanoma Progression
Conditions: Stages III Skin Melanoma;   Stages II Skin Melanoma;   Stage IB Skin Melanoma
Interventions: Drug: Propranolol hydrochloride;   Drug: Placebo pill
Outcome Measures: Efficacy of Propranolol on progression free survival for patients suffering from a primary melanoma with a high risk of recurrence;   Use of serum microRNA profile as a predictor for recurrence;   Overall survival
3 Recruiting Propanolol and Red Cell Adhesion Non-asthmatic Children Sickle Cell Disease
Condition: Sickle Cell Disease
Intervention: Drug: Propranolol
Outcome Measures: measurement of the sickle red cell response to epinephrine;   Safety data regarding the use of propanolol in children with sickle cell disease
4 Recruiting Study of Propranolol in Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer Patients Undergoing Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy
Condition: Locally Advanced Breast Cancer
Interventions: Drug: Propranolol;   Other: Breast imaging - Diffuse Optical Tomography (DOT)
Outcome Measures: Percentage of patients who are compliant with taking > 80% take the drug while on chemotherapy.;   Changes in angiogenesis;   Changes in stress levels;   Number of Patients with Adverse Events;   Change in DOT-derived parameters;   Changes in tumor proliferation
5 Unknown  Propranolol Treatment of Traumatic Memories (PTTM)
Conditions: Traumatic Memory;   Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Interventions: Drug: Propranolol Hydrochloride;   Drug: Placebo
Outcome Measures: The primary endpoint will be changes between the pretreatment and posttreatment scores in the Clinician Assessment Posttraumatic Scale (CAPS), Impact of Event Scale (IES) and Traumatic Memory Description Measure (TMDM) instruments.;   The secondary endpoint will be changes between the treatment and posttreatment score in the other scales used - MINI, ZAS, ZDS and NIHS.
6 Recruiting Perioperative Propranolol in Patients With Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Condition: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Interventions: Drug: Propranolol Hydrochloride;   Other: Placebo
Outcome Measures: ICU length of stay;   Hospital length of stay;   Postoperative delirium;   Postoperative renal dysfunction;   Perioperative complications;   Pain intensity;   Pain unpleasantness;   Analgesics use;   Length of intubation and mechanical ventilation;   Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptomatology;   Quality of Life;   Functional status;   Sleep Quality;   Depression symptoms;   Postoperative Neurocognitive Dysfunction Score;   30-day, 3-month, and 1-year mortality;   Postoperative complications
7 Recruiting Efficacy of Clonidine and Propranolol in Dentistry (AAA)
Condition: Anxiety
Interventions: Drug: Clonidine;   Drug: Propranolol;   Drug: Placebo
Outcome Measures: Change from baseline in modified dental anxiety scale(MDAS)and vital signs (blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation) until four hours post treatment;   Changes in Verbal Numerical Rating Scale (VNRS) at three, six, and twenty-four hours post treatment
8 Unknown  Reducing Reconsolidation of Trauma Memories With Propranolol
Condition: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Interventions: Drug: Propranolol;   Drug: Short acting + long acting Propranolol + memory reactivation
Outcome Measures: Electromyogram;   Heart rate;   Skin conductance;   PTSD symptom levels;   Quality of life;   Memory Experience;   Psychophysiological assessments
9 Unknown  Endoscopic Band Ligation (EBL) Versus Propranolol for Primary Prophylaxis of Variceal Bleeding
Conditions: Variceal Bleeding;   Cirrhosis
Interventions: Procedure: Endoscopic band ligation;   Drug: Propranolol;   Procedure: endoscopic band ligation and Propranolol
Outcome Measures: First esophageal variceal bleeding;   Mortality; Significant esophageal variceal bleeding; Upper gastrointestinal bleeding except esophageal bleeding; Adverse events
10 Unknown  A Psychophysiologic Study of Weakening Traumatic Combat Memories With Post-Reactivation Propranolol
Condition: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Intervention: Drug: Propranolol
Outcome Measure: Psychophysiologic responses during script-driven imagery of combat events
11 Unknown  A Novel Treatment For Chronic Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Using Post-Reactivation Propranolol
Condition: Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
Intervention: Drug: Propranolol is available in generic form as the Wyeth product under the trade name Inderal.
Outcome Measures: Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS) for DSM-IV;   Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI);   Peritraumatic Distress Inventory (PDI);   The Peritraumatic Dissociative Experiences Questionnaire;   PTSD Check List (PCL) civilian version;   Script-driven imagery psychophysiological measurement
12 Recruiting Propranolol in Severely Burned Children
Condition: Burn
Interventions: Drug: Propranolol;   Drug: Placebo
Outcome Measures: Resting heart rate multiplied by the systolic blood pressure measurement= rate pressure product;   Number of deaths
13 Recruiting Propranolol Versus Prednisolone for Treatment of Symptomatic Hemangiomas
Condition: Hemangioma of Infancy
Interventions: Drug: Propranolol;   Drug: Prednisolone
Outcome Measures: reduction in size of hemangioma;   Tolerability of medication
14 Recruiting The Safety and Efficiency of Propranolol as an Initial Treatment for Pediatric Hemangioma
Condition: Hemangioma
Interventions: Drug: Prednisolone;   Drug: Propranolol
Outcome Measures: Hemangioma volume measured by MRI or SONO;   Size changes from baseline;   Heart rate change from Baseline at 16 weeks;   Change from Baseline in color;   Changes in Size of Ulceration;   Whether or not Re-epithelized in 16weeks;   Stop time of proliferation;   Time of regression;   Drug compliance within 16 weeks;   Change from Baseline in systolic blood pressure at 16 weeks;   Changes from baseline in Glucose level at 16 weeks;   Whether the facial edema occurs within 16 weeks;   Whether growth retardation occurs within 16 weeks;   Whether the Gastroesophageal reflux occurs within 16 weeks;   Number of Participants with Adverse drug reaction
15 Recruiting Protective Effects of Propranolol in Adults
Condition: Burn
Interventions: Drug: Propranolol;   Drug: Placebo
Outcome Measures: Cardiac rate pressure product;   Mortality rates
16 Recruiting Rifaximin and Propranolol Combination Therapy Versus Propranolol Monotherapy in Cirrhotic Patients
Conditions: Liver Cirrhosis;   Portal Hypertension
Interventions: Drug: Rifaximin + Propranolol;   Drug: Propranolol + Placebo
Outcome Measures: Hepatic vein pressure gradient(HVPG);   occurence of gastrointestinal bleeding
17 Recruiting Efficacy and Safety of Propranolol Versus Acebutolol on the Proliferative Phase of Infantile Hemangioma
Condition: Hemangioma
Interventions: Drug: Acebutolol;   Drug: Propanolol
Outcome Measures: Hemangioma size;   Tolerance of treatment;   Proportion of patients requiring treatment with corticosteroids because of the evolution of a 'serious' hemangioma
18 Recruiting Early Propranolol After Traumatic Brain Injury: Phase II
Condition: Traumatic Brain Injury
Intervention: Drug: Propranolol
Outcome Measure: Determine in patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) the safe dosing of early Propranolol.
19 Unknown  Propranolol for Diabetic Retinopathy
Condition: Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy
Intervention: Drug: Propranolol
Outcome Measures: Area of retinal neovascularization on fundus photography;   Retinopathy level in contralateral eye;   Optical coherence tomography macular thickness of treated and fellow eye;   Amount of fluorescein leakage on angiography;   Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study visual acuity in study and fellow eye
20 Recruiting Treatment of PTSD by Reduction of Traumatic Memory Reconsolidation by Propranolol : a Multisite Trial
Condition: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Interventions: Drug: Propranolol;   Other: Trauma reactivation;   Drug: placebo
Outcome Measure: PTCD CheckList (PCL) total score.