Oral physostigmine as treatment for dementia of the Alzheimer type: A long-term outpatient trial

M. A. Jenike, M. S. Albert, L. Baer

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Abstract

Six patients with dementia of the Alzheimer type (DAT), treated with oral physostigmine and followed from 9 to 27 months (mean ± SD, 17.8 ± 7.3 months), were matched for sex, age, initial degree of dementia, and length of follow-up with six control patients who did not receive oral physostigmine. The small sample size precluded drawing definite conclusions about overall efficacy; however, three in the physostigmine group did not deteriorate during the course of follow-up while all of the controls deteriorated although the difference was nonsignificant. The data generated in these patients provides evidence of the safety of long-term trials of oral physostigmine. The possible role of cholinesterase inhibition in retarding the progression of DAT is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)226-231
Number of pages6
JournalAlzheimer disease and associated disorders
Volume4
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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