Drug Appears Effective for Severe Alzheimer's Cases

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THURSDAY, March 23 (HealthDay News) — Aricept, which is typically used to treat mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease, seems to reverse some cognitive and functional deterioration in patients with severe forms of the disease, Swedish researchers report.

The potential benefit of Aricept (donepezil) to treat Alzheimer’s patients with severe dementia had not been studied until now. Some 20 percent of Alzheimer’s patients suffer from severe dementia; as the disease progresses, they become less able to communicate, less mobile, and increasingly reliant on nursing care.

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