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Exelon effectively reduces dementia symptoms in Parkinson's patients

Exelon (a cholinesterase inhibitor) helps to alleviate the symptoms of dementia associated with Parkinson's disease claims a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The drug helped improve symptoms such as memory loss, concentration and behavioral problems. Side effects of Exelon include mild to moderate nausea and vomiting. Current Parkinson's treatments have focused more on movement symptoms. Complications of Parkinson's disease include cognitive impairment, neuro-psychiatric symptoms such as depression, hallucinations, anxiety and apathy. 40% of Parkinson's patients eventually develop dementia and dementia is six times more common amongst Parkinson's patients than in other elderly people. Dementia occurs in roughly 18 million people worldwide.

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About: Exelon effectively reduces dementia symptoms in Parkinson's patients

Date: 9 December 2004

Source: Medical News Today

URL: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=17557

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