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Donepezil

Donepezil is a prescription-only drug used to alleviate some of the symptoms of Alzheimer'splugin-autotooltip__plain plugin-autotooltip_bigAlzheimer's disease

"Alzheimer’s disease is a chronic progressive neuro-degenerative disorder characterised by three primary groups of symptoms. The first group (cognitive dysfunction) includes memory loss, language difficulties, and executive dysfunction (that is, lo…
disease. There are currently around 5 million prescriptions per year in the US alone. It's sold under the brand names of Aricept, Namzaric and others.

The drug is a centrally-acting inhibitor of enzymes which reduce the levels of naturally occurring acetylcholine, thus increasing its availability - but the 'mechanism of action' with regard to Alzheimer's is currently unknown.

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