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Cholinesterase Inhibitors

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.

They include

  • Donepezil, sold under various brand names including Aricept
  • Galantamine, sold under various brand names including Razadyne and Reminyl
  • Rivastigmine, sold under various brand names including Exelon
  • Tacrine, sold under a variety of brand names including Cognex

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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