Superiority of antagonic-stress composition versus nicergoline in gerontopsychiatry

Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1994 Jun 30;717:332-42. doi: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.1994.tb12102.x.


Nicergoline (NE)--a cerebral vasodilator with nicotinic acid esterified in its molecule--and Antagonic-Stress (AS) composition--a neurometabolic nootropic, also containing nicotinic acid but with fast and prolonged release--were evaluated in senile dementia of Alzheimer's type (SDAT), mild to moderate intensity (DSM-IV Options Book, 1991 and ICD-10, 1990 criteria). A double-blind, randomized, comparative, and parallel clinical trial was performed on 62 old people divided into 2 groups and exclusively treated with NE or AS. Psychogeriatric evaluations (Sandoz Clinical Assessment-Geriatric scale, Self-Assessment Scale-Geriatric and their subscales) and psychometric tests (digit symbol of WAIS, Wechsler Memory Scale, and Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-WAIS) were made before and after 3 months of treatment. Prolonged and large dose treatments with NE and AS significantly decreased the psychogeriatric scores, diminished the deterioration index, and improved cognitive performances (ANOVA). Therapeutical effects of AS were significantly higher than those of NE (ANCOVA). The better actions of AS in senile dementia and for improving cognitive function and behavior are discussed in connection with its multiple neurometabolic composition, the synergism of components, the antiischemic action of its antioxidants, its anti-free radical complementary action (deceleration of the aging rate, brain and erythrocyte lipofuscinolysis, complex antioxidative and scavenger formula), the multivitamin and multimineral supplementation and, finally, with the superiority of multitherapy vs. monotherapy.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aging / drug effects
  • Dementia / drug therapy*
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Drug Combinations
  • Female
  • Geriatric Assessment
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Meclofenoxate / therapeutic use*
  • Middle Aged
  • Niacin / therapeutic use*
  • Nicergoline / therapeutic use*
  • Orotic Acid / therapeutic use*
  • Psychotropic Drugs / therapeutic use*
  • Vasodilator Agents / pharmacology*


  • Antagonic-Stress
  • Drug Combinations
  • Psychotropic Drugs
  • Vasodilator Agents
  • Niacin
  • Orotic Acid
  • Meclofenoxate
  • Nicergoline