New data show that an acetylcholine-preserving drug may halt or lessen cognitive, functional, and behavioral symptoms associated with Alzheimer disease.
In a multicenter study of 353 patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer disease, those treated with 24 mg/d of galantamine maintained or improved their scores on the Alzheimer's Disease Assessment Scale during a 1-year period. The scale measures memory, language, orientation, and other aspects of cognition. Patients in the study also maintained activities of daily functioning for a year. The data were presented last month at the Stockholm/Springfield Symposium in Sweden.
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