Tacrine is a drug usually used to treat Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. It is sold under various brand names including Cognex.
It is in a class of medications called acetylcholinesterase inhibitors or cholinesterase inhibitors. These improve mental function (such as memory, attention, social interaction, reasoning and language abilities, and ability to perform activities of daily living) by increasing the amount of a certain naturally occurring substance in the brain.
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