Drug For Alzheimer's Disease Symptoms

The following is provided from an FDA information release regarding a newly approved drug (1996) for Alzheimer's disease, a progressive brain disorder. The drug, called Aricept (donepezil), has received approval for use for mild to moderate symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.

Alzheimer's disease, which affects an estimated four million Americans, is a progressive condition affecting memory, judgment, and the ability to reason. Aricept is a cholinesterase inhibitor that increases levels of acetylcholine, a chemical messenger in the brain (neurotransmitter) which is important for normal thinking. Although the drug has not been shown to have an effect on the underlying cause of Alzheimer's disease, it may diminish some of the disease symptoms.

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