The Effects of Long-term Medication Use in Alzheimer Disease

Of the many causes of dementia, Alzheimer disease (AD) is the most common. Diagnosis is generally followed by treatment. One of the most common treatments of AD is a type of medication called acetylcholinesterase inhibitors (ChEIs). ChEIs work by blocking the breakdown of a chemical in the brain called acetylcholine. In doing so, the medication allows more of this chemical to be available in the brain. This can improve or maintain cognition and memory.

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