Exelon Patch Uses

Exelon Patch Uses for Alzheimer's Dementia

Alzheimer's disease is a common type of dementia. It can interfere with cognitive functions such as memory, thought process, and language skills. The cause (or causes) of Alzheimer's disease are not known, and there is no known cure. People sometimes confuse the early signs of Alzheimer's disease with the normal aging process. Eventually, this disease destroys a person's ability to think, process information, and function.
Some of the common symptoms of Alzheimer's disease may include:
  • Memory loss
  • Impaired ability to understand visual information
  • Mood swings
  • Confusion
  • Deterioration of language skills
  • Poor judgment
  • Restlessness.
The recommended Alzheimer's treatment varies, depending on the different stages of Alzheimer's. Medications are usually central to the treatment of Alzheimer's.
The Exelon Patch was initially approved for the treatment of mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's disease, although it is now approved for severe Alzheimer's as well. It is not a cure for this condition, nor does it slow down the progression of the disease or prevent it from occurring. The drug can, however, help improve memory, attention, reason, language, and the ability to perform simple daily tasks.

How Does the Exelon Patch Work?

The Exelon Patch is part of a group of medications known as acetylcholinesterase inhibitors. These medications work by preventing a specific enzyme (known as acetylcholinesterase) from breaking down acetylcholine in the brain. Acetylcholine is a chemical that aids in many brain functions, including memory, attention, reason, and language. It is thought that problems with inadequate acetylcholine in the brain may contribute to some of the symptoms of dementia due to Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's disease.
Exelon products (including Exelon Patches as well as Exelon capsules and liquid) are the only acetylcholinesterase inhibitors approved to treat dementia due to Parkinson's disease. The other medications in this class are approved to treat Alzheimer's dementia only.
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