Cholinesterase inhibitors, also known as acetylcholinesterase inhibitors, are a class of drugs used to treat conditions such as Alzheimer's disease.
Cholinesterase inhibitors are believed to improve some mental functions (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.
Some people believe that cholinesterase inhibitors can also be used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorders in people on the autism spectrum.
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