Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions that we receive on Souvenaid®. If you would like any further information on Souvenaid, please feel free to contact the Souvenaid Helpline on 1800 060 051.

     

  • What is Souvenaid?

    Souvenaid is food for special medical purposes for the dietary management of patients diagnosed with mild/early Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). It must be used under medical supervision. It is a once daily 125mL drink which contains a unique, patented combination of nutrients designed to support synapse formation. Souvenaid taken daily has benefits in the dietary management of mild Alzheimer’s Disease and Mild Cognitive Impairment.

     

    Who is Souvenaid for?

    Souvenaid is for people who are in the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease. The clinical benefit of Souvenaid has so far only been demonstrated in people during the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Souvenaid must be used under medical supervision.

     

    What does Souvenaid contain?

    Souvenaid contains a unique combination of nutrients, called FortasynTM Connect, at levels difficult to achieve from normal dietary intake alone. This combination of nutrients in Souvenaid supports brain health and includes fish oil, phospholipids, choline, uridine monophosphate, vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin B12, vitamin B6 and folic acid. The unique combination of nutrients is designed to support synapse formation in people living with Alzheimer’s Disease.

     

    How does Souvenaid work?

    There is a growing body of evidence showing that people with Alzheimer’s Disease have low levels of certain ‘building blocks’ (nutrients) and because of their disease, they experience an increased need for such ‘building blocks’. Souvenaid provides the nutritional ‘building blocks’ that are required for synapse formation and memory function.

     

    How does Souvenaid support memory function? 

    Souvenaid provides the nutrients required, in addition to a person’s normal daily dietary intake, to support synapse formation which in turn is associated with memory function. Therefore, Souvenaid nutritionally supports memory function in people during the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

     

    How should Souvenaid be taken?

    Souvenaid must be used under medical supervision. Souvenaid is a single serve drink making it easy and convenient for people to take. It can be drunk straight from the bottle, through a straw or popped into a glass. It comes in three flavours; vanilla, strawberry and cappuccino and tastes best when consumed straight from the fridge.

     

    Can Souvenaid be taken at the same time as medications for AD?

    ​Souvenaid is food for special medical purposes for the dietary management of patients diagnosed with mild/early Alzheimer’s Disease. It must be used under medical supervision. Clinical studies have demonstrated that Souvenaid can be used safely alongside commonly prescribed AD medication.

     

    How does Souvenaid taste?

    Souvenaid comes in three flavours; vanilla, cappuccino and strawberry. It tastes best when consumed from the fridge.

     

    How long do I need to take Souvenaid?​

    In order to benefit from taking Souvenaid, it is recommended that one 125mL bottle of Souvenaid should be consumed once a day for a minimum of 6 months. The length of use of Souvenaid by an individual should be determined by their recommending healthcare professional.

     

    I have a family history of AD. Should I take it to prevent it developing in the future? Should I take it ‘just in case’?

    Souvenaid is indicated for the dietary management of patients with early AD. Souvenaid has not been tested in people who do not have Alzheimer’s Disease. You should consult your Doctor about whether it is appropriate to take Souvenaid.

     

    Will Souvenaid protect people from getting AD or stop the progression of the disease?

    Souvenaid® is an FSMP (Food for Special Medical Purpose) for the dietary management of early Alzheimer’s Disease. It is not intended to prevent the disease nor is it a treatment and it should only be used by people who have already been diagnosed with early AD. It must be used under medical supervision.

     

    I am already taking coconut oil or food supplements for memory loss, will Souvenaid provide additional benefits?

    ​Souvenaid should only be used under medical supervision and this should be discussed with your healthcare professional. Souvenaid is a nutritional drink clinically proven to be beneficial in the dietary management of patients with early AD. Souvenaid must be used under medical supervision. Clinical trials of Souvenaid in combination with coconut oil or food supplements have not been carried out.

     

    Can’t I just take fish oil and vitamin supplements to get the same benefits for a fraction of the cost?

    This question is best answered by your healthcare professional. Clinical trials directly comparing Souvenaid with fish oil and vitamin supplements have not been carried out.

     

    Can’t people living with AD get the same benefits from consuming foods containing the ingredients present in Souvenaid?

    Souvenaid contains a unique combination of nutrients at levels difficult to achieve from diet alone.

    In early Alzheimer’s Disease, dietary intake of nutrients may be affected by worsening of appetite, taste, and smell, which lead to reduced food consumption, food neglect, and changes in food preferences. In addition, research suggests that people with early AD have higher requirements than people without AD for certain nutrients supporting brain function. It would be extremely difficult to modify diet to achieve the right combination of specific nutrients and unreasonable to expect people to eat enough of the right foods.

     

    Are there any contraindications when taking Souvenaid?

    Souvenaid is not suitable for patients with galactosaemia. Galactosaemia is a genetic disease where a person cannot metabolise galactose.

     

    Are there any precautions when taking Souvenaid?

    Souvenaid should only be used under medical supervision and this should be discussed with your healthcare professional.

    • Souvenaid is not suitable as a sole source of nutrition and should only be used in addition to the normal diet.
    • Souvenaid contains ingredients obtained from milk, fish and soy. People who have an allergy to milk protein, fish or soy may not be able to consume Souvenaid.
    • Souvenaid is low in gluten (<0.02g/100g).
    • Souvenaid is low in lactose (<0.02g/100g).
    • People with diabetes can consume Souvenaid. However, Souvenaid does contain carbohydrate and as with other foods containing carbohydrate, it is advisable for people with diabetes to monitor their blood glucose levels as per normal. Nutricia therefore advise consultation with your diabetes medical team.

     

    Where can I get Souvenaid?

    Souvenaid is designed to be used under medical supervision after diagnosis of early Alzheimer’s Disease so speak to your healthcare professional. Upon recommendation by your healthcare professional, Souvenaid can be purchased directly from Nutricia via the ‘buy Souvenaid’ link on the website. It can also be purchased from selected pharmacies.

     

    What is the price of Souvenaid?

    The recommended retail price (RRP) for Souvenaid is $4.25 per bottle. The cost of taking Souvenaid daily as recommended will therefore be around $128 per month, although some discounts may be available.

     

    If I have further questions on Souvenaid, who should I contact?

    You should contact your healthcare professional. If you have specific questions about the product, please call 1800 060 051 or visit www.souvenaid.com.au.

     

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