tacrine - oral, Cognex
GENERIC NAME: TACRINE - ORAL (TAK-reen)
BRAND NAME(S): Cognex
USES: This medication is used to treat mild to moderate confusion (dementia) due to Alzheimer's disease. Tacrine does not cure Alzheimer's disease, but it may improve memory, awareness, and the ability to take part in everyday life. This medication is called an enzyme blocker. Tacrine works by restoring the balance of certain natural substances (neurotransmitters) in the brain.
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth on an empty stomach (at least one hour before meals), usually four times daily or as directed by your doctor. If stomach upset occurs, you may take this medication with food, though less of the medication will be absorbed. For this reason, it is best to take it without food. Your doctor will gradually increase your dose to reduce the risk of side effects. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully. Dosage is based on your medical condition, liver function test results, and response to therapy.Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. It may take up to 3-6 months to get the full benefit of this drug.Do not stop taking this medication or change your dose without consulting your doctor. Some conditions may become worse when the drug is suddenly stopped or the dose is rapidly decreased. Your dose may need to be gradually decreased.Inform your doctor if your condition worsens.
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