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For the current analysis, patients were divided according to age at baseline: those aged < 75 years and those aged >or= 75 years. Efficacy measures were the Severe Impairment Battery (SIB), Neuropsychiatric Inventory (NPI), Global Deterioration Scale (GDS), Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) and the AD Cooperative Study Activities of Daily Living scale (ADCS-ADL). Changes in efficacy parameters and adverse event frequencies were calculated for rivastigmine and donepezil-treated patients in both age groups. Exploratory analyses were also conducted on SIB, ADCS-ADL and NPI in patients who consented to pharmacogenetic testing at baseline. Genotyping of the apolipoprotein E (APOE) epsilon4 allele and the BuChE K-variant was conducted using the TaqMan assay. Main efficacy analyses were based on an intent-to-treat last observation carried forward (ITT-LOCF) population.
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A rapid and sensitive liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method has been developed and validated for the estimation of rivastigmine in human plasma. Rivastigmine was extracted from human plasma by using solid-phase extraction technique. Zolpidem was used as the internal standard. A Betabasic-8 column provided chromatographic separation of analytes followed by detection with mass spectrometry. The mass transition ion-pair was followed as m/z 251.20-->206.10, 86.20 for rivastigmine and m/z 308.10-->235.10 for zolpidem. The method involves a rapid solid-phase extraction from plasma, simple isocratic chromatographic conditions and mass spectrometric detection that enables detection at sub-nanogram levels. The proposed method has been validated for a linear range of 0.2-20.0 ng/ml with a correlation coefficient > or =0.9988. The intra-run and inter-run precision and accuracy were within 10.0%. The overall recoveries for rivastigmine and zolpidem were 86.28% and 87.57%, respectively. The total run time was 2.0 min. The developed method was applied for the determination of the pharmacokinetic parameters of rivastigmine following a single oral administration of a 3 mg rivastigmine capsule in 20 healthy male volunteers.
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The three cholinesterase inhibitors are efficacious for mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease. It is not possible to identify those who will respond to treatment prior to treatment. There is no evidence that treatment with a ChEI is not cost effective. Despite the slight variations in the mode of action of the three cholinesterase inhibitors there is no evidence of any differences between them with respect to efficacy. There appears to be less adverse effects associated with donepezil compared with rivastigmine. It may be that galantamine and rivastigmine match donepezil in tolerability if a careful and gradual titration routine over more than three months is used. Titration with donepezil is more straightforward and the lower dose may be worth consideration.
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During the first hospitalisation, the presented patient was diagnosed with acute and transient psychotic disorders (F23). After being discharged from the ward, the patient experienced recurrence of previous symptoms with a short period of time. The two following diagnoses after hospital treatment were established as a depressive episode with psychotic symptoms. During the fourth hospitalisation, the patient was diagnosed with organic delusional (schizophrenia-like) disorder (F06.2). After six years, thorough analysis of clinical history as well as the course of existing disorder made it possible to diagnose the patient as having dementia with Lewy bodies-DLB (F02.8). Since that time, the patient has been taking rivastigmine, which has turned out to be a successful treatment. It has been 6 months since the patient left the hospital and still remains in remission. Social functioning of the woman is similar to the period before the first episode.
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Because of the questionable efficacy : risk ratio, we believe that it is too early to recommend ChEI in MCI. The sine qua non condition is to establish the factors that predict the risk of conversion from MCI to AD.
We performed a meta-analysis of 17 studies regarding the treatment effectiveness of rivastigmine patch or capsule on mild-to-severe AD.
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In this work we consider marketed drugs for Alzheimer disease (AD) including acetylcholinesterase inhibitors (AChE-Is) and antiglutamatergic treatment involving the N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor. We discuss medications and substances available for use as cognitive enhancers that are not approved for AD or cognitive impairment, and other neurotransmitter-related therapies in development or currently being researched. We also review putative therapies that aim to slow disease progression by mechanisms not directly related to amyloid or tau.
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Treatment with both ChEIs resulted in improved performance in those patients responding to therapy. Greater response was observed in previously untreated patients who had a shorter disease history but overall the findings in this unselected clinical sample confirmed that patients gain some benefit from intervention with ChEI treatment.
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In Alzheimer's disease, cognition now responds to several drugs. Anticholinesterases target the acetylcholine deficit. In mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's disease, they all provide significant benefit versus placebo on the Alzheimer's Disease Assessment ScheduleCognitive Section (ADAS-Cog), Side effects, in 5% to 15% of cases, include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia, and dizziness. Tacrine, the leading anticholinesterase, caused frequent hepatic enzyme elevation and was withdrawn; once-daily donepezil spares the liver and improves global measures of change in severe dementia; rivasiigmine is indicated in comorbid vascular disease; while galaniamine modulates the cerebral nicotinic acetylcholine receptors that potentiate the response to acetylcholine. Alternative agents include the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist, memaniine, licensed in Europe for moderately severe to severe Alzheimer's disease; it acts on a different neurotransmitter system present in 70% of neurons, protecting against pathologic glutamergic activation while preserving or even restoring physiologic glutamergic activation. The clinician's armamentarium in AD has never been greater.
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This study supports the long-term safety of rivastigmine in Parkinson disease dementia. The rate of worsening of motor symptoms was in the range expected due to the natural progression of Parkinson disease, no new or unexpected safety issues emerged in the long-term.
The risk of UI is higher in AD cohort (hazard ratio: 1.54, 95% confidence interval: 1.13-2.09). The cumulative incidence ratio of UI event between AD cohort and matched cohort presents statistical significance ( P < .001). Annual incidence and prevalence of UI in patients with AD are 6.2% and 4.2%, respectively.
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The aim was to compare persistence, adherence, and switching between donepezil, galantamine, oral rivastigmine, and rivastigmine patch.
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More than 70% of the patients who received ChEI therapy and who otherwise met the inclusion criteria were excluded from this study due to the absence of at least 1 claim with a diagnosis for AD. Of the 3,177 patients included in the study, the index ChEI was donepezil for 62.8% of the patients (n=1,994); 17.2% received galantamine (n=546) and 20.1% received rivastigmine (n=637). The total number of days of index therapy dispensed was greater for those starting on donepezil (mean [median, SD] days=226 [263, 115]) compared with rivastigmine (206 [233, 120], P<0.001), but was not significantly different compared with galantamine (216 [250, 119], P=0.085). Monthly prevalence of use was similar for the 3 drugs until month 5 when a smaller proportion of rivastigmine patients had index medication on hand (65.9%) compared with 72.1% of donepezil patients (P=0.003) and 72.7% of galantamine patients (P=0.012). At 12 months, the likelihood of receiving the index ChEI was higher for donepezil (61.1%) than for either rivastigmine (50.1%, P<0.001) or galantamine (56.4%, P=0.048) and was higher for galantamine than for rivastigmine (P=0.030). The rate of switching for donepezil patients was significantly lower (14.5%) than the switch rate for rivastigmine patients (21.5%, P<0.001) and was similar to the switch rate for galantamine patients (15.0%, P=0.781 for donepezil vs. galantamine; P=0.004 for galantamine vs. rivastigmine). Rates of nonpersistence, measured as having at least 1 gap in therapy of 30 days or more during the 1-year follow-up, were 63.5% for donepezil, 63.7% for galantamine (P=0.933 for donepezil vs. galantamine), and 68.0% for rivastigmine (P=0.042 for donepezil vs. rivastigmine). MPRs and total days supply of any ChEI did not significantly differ among the 3 drugs. Results of multivariate models showed that, controlling for index ChEI drug, each additional month of ChEI treatment was associated with a reduction of 1% in total all-cause health care costs. The mean (SD) total all-cause 1-year health care costs for patients initiated on the 3 ChEIs were not significantly different: $12,112 ($16,437) for donepezil, $12,137 ($19,154) for galantamine (P=0.978), and $12,853 ($14,543) for rivastigmine (P=0.278).
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The ACTION trial examines the efficacy and tolerability of a 15 cm(2) rivastigmine patch over a 24-week period in patients with severe AD. This is a novel trial in the development of rivastigmine, as it uses a design that does not include a placebo arm, is recruiting patients with severe AD, and includes an ADL measure as a co-primary efficacy variable. CLINICAL REGISTRATION NUMBER: CENA713D US44.
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To test the feasibility of a novel rivastigmine nasal spray as prospective treatment for dementia.
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To assess the effect of rivastigmine on metabolite levels in different areas of the brain, and whether changes in metabolite levels correlate with clinical outcome, in patients with Alzheimer's disease compared with untreated patients with Alzheimer's disease.
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The single variable statistical profiles of 58 individual protein biomarker concentrations of the DTAD patient group differed from those of the normal and/or the disease control groups. Multivariate linear discriminant analysis of blood serum concentrations of the 58 proteins distinguished drug treated Alzheimer's disease (DTAD) patients from drug treated Parkinson's disease (DTPD) patients and age matched normal controls (collectively not-DTAD, DTAD Sensitivity 87.2%, Not-DTAD Specificity 87.2). Moreover, when the patients and controls were stratified into carriers or non-carriers of Alzheimer's high risk Apolipoprotein E 4 allele and/or the Apolipoprotein E4 protein, the DTAD, DTPD and control Apo E4 (+) profiles were more divergent from one another than the corresponding Apo E4 (-) profiles. Multivariate stepwise linear discriminant analysis selected 17 of the 58 biomarkers as optimal and complimentary for distinguishing Apo E4 (+) DTAD patients from Apo E4 (+) DTPD and Apo E4 (+) controls (collectively Apo E4 (+) not-DTAD, DTAD Sensitivity 100%, not-DTAD Specificity 100%) and 22 of the 58 biomarkers for distinguishing Apo E4 (-) DTAD patients from Apo E4 (-) DTPD and Apo E4 (-) controls (collectively Apo E4 (-) not-DTAD, DTAD Sensitivity 94.4%, not- DTAD Specificity 94.4%). Only 6 of the selected proteins were common to both the Apo E4 (+) and the Apo E4 (-) discriminant functions. Recombining of the results of Apo E4 (+) and Apo E4 (-) discriminations provided overall sensitivity for total DTAD of 97.4% and specificity for total not-DTAD of 95.7%.
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Blood interleukin-1 beta, interleukin-6, and tumor necrosis factor-alpha concentrations were assessed using specific enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays in three groups of participants: patients with AD stabilized on a therapeutic dose of an AChEI (n = 42); AChEIs drug naïve patients (n = 24); and a cognitively unimpaired control group (n = 35). Patients in the AChEIs group had received medication for an average of one year.
The percentage of responders at week 12 on either the CANTAB RVIP A' or HVLT was 48.7% for rivastigmine and 49.3% for placebo (p = 0.940). Furthermore, for the overall study population, there were no significant differences for any of the secondary efficacy variables. In a subgroup of patients with moderate to severe memory impairment (n = 81), defined as 25% impairment or greater on HVLT at baseline, rivastigmine was significantly better than placebo for a number of measures, including the proportion of HVLT responders and CANTAB RVIP mean latency.
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The clinical course of AD patients treated with rivastigmine was compared with a prediction of their course derived by a baseline-dependent historical model of disease progression developed from data in untreated AD patients. Rivastigmine efficacy data came from four 6-month, placebo-controlled, randomized, controlled trials (RCTs) and two open-label extension studies. Cognitive performance was assessed by various clinician- and caregiver-rated measures.
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There were no significant differences on MMSE, NPI, ADAS-cog, ADCS-ADL, CDR-SB, NPI and FAB between rivastigmine patch monotherapy and memantine plus rivastigmine patch according to the APOE genotype. However, patients with moderately severe AD (MMSE ≤15) who were APOE ε4 carriers showed higher responder rates on ADCS-ADL with memantine plus rivastigmine patch compared to rivastigmine patch monotherapy.
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Previous research has shown that quantitative electroencephalography (qEEG) can monitor treatment of Alzheimer's Disease (AD). This study investigated the ability of a qEEG measure based on EEG variance, combined with a delayed recognition memory task, to measure treatment effects on patients with AD. Three AD patients with very mild AD (CDR=0.5, FAST stage 3) were monitored with task specific EEG at multiple time points before and after medication treatment. Patients had their EEG recorded while performing a recognition memory task. A measure of (normalized) variance was applied to the EEG data. To the extent possible, the subjects received this treatment monitoring multiple times. These patients were monitored a total of 14 times, which yielded 11 measurements of qEEG change during the course of treatment. The direction of change in patients' qEEG values agreed with patients' medication treatment on 10 out of 11 occasions, p < 0.006 (binomial test) and was more accurate than monitoring with the relative theta power, p < 0.05. The results of this monitoring also showed that the qEEG measure accurately reflected treatment in a dose dependent manner. These results were independent of the specific medication monitored; Galantamine, Memantine, Nicotine, and Rivastigmine. In conclusion, this qEEG method may be useful for measuring AD treatment responses.
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The severe, cortical, cholinergic depletion accompanying Parkinson's disease (PD) is considered as a highly probable correlate of cognitive and behavioural dysfunction. Recent studies have demonstrated that cholinesterase inhibitors (notably rivastigmine) are beneficial in patients suffering from dementia associated with PD (PDD). However, the primary efficacy variables used in such work came from scales designed for Alzheimer's disease (AD), even though the cognitive symptoms in PD and AD dementia do not overlap completely. The aim of the present study (a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial) was to determine the utility of the Mattis dementia rating scale - the most commonly used scale in PD patients - to assess the efficacy of a 24-week rivastigmine treatment.
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Sleep disorders are common in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD), and preliminary work has suggested viable treatment options for many of these disorders. For rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder, melatonin and clonazepam are most commonly used, while rivastigmine might be a useful option in patients whose behaviors are refractory to the former. Optimal treatments for insomnia in PD have yet to be determined, but preliminary evidence suggests that cognitive-behavioral therapy, light therapy, eszopiclone, donepezil, and melatonin might be beneficial. Use of the wake-promoting agent modafinil results in significant improvement in subjective measures of excessive daytime sleepiness, but not of fatigue. Optimal treatment of restless legs syndrome and obstructive sleep apnea in PD are not yet established, although a trial of continuous positive airway pressure for sleep apnea was recently completed in PD patients. In those patients with early morning motor dysfunction and disrupted sleep, the rotigotine patch provides significant benefit.
Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRDs) are increasingly recognized as important causes of impaired cognition, function, and quality of life, as well as excess medical care utilization and costs in the elderly Medicare managed care population. Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for ADRDs were published in 2001. More recent studies have resulted in the approval of new agents and demonstrated an expanded role for antidementia therapy in various types of dementia, settings of care, stages of disease, and the use of combination therapy. However, these clinical guidelines have not been updated in the past few years.
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Activities of daily living (ADL) are an essential part of the diagnostic criteria for Alzheimer's disease (AD). A decline in ADL affects independent living and has a strong negative impact on caregiver burden. Functional response to cholinesterase inhibitor (ChEI) treatment and factors that might influence this response in naturalistic AD patients need investigating. The aim of this study was to identify the socio-demographic and clinical factors that affect the functional response after 6 months of ChEI therapy.
Cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine produce small benefits in cognition of uncertain clinical significance in patients with mild to moderate vascular dementia. Data are insufficient to support widespread use of these drugs in vascular dementia. Individual patient analyses are needed to identify subgroups of patients with vascular dementia who might benefit.
Pharmacological treatments have beneficial effects for patients with dementia in prolonging their survival.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major cause of chronic disability. Worldwide, it is the leading cause of disability in the under 40s, resulting in severe disability in some 150 to 200 million people per annum. In addition to mood and behavioural problems, cognition-particularly memory, attention and executive function-are commonly impaired by TBI. Cognitive problems following TBI are one of the most important factors in determining people's subjective well-being and their quality of life. Drugs are widely used in an attempt to improve cognitive functions. Whilst cholinergic agents in TBI have been reviewed, there has not yet been a systematic review or meta-analysis of the effect on chronic cognitive problems of all centrally acting pharmacological agents.
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Rivastigmine patch is the first transdermal treatment to be approved for Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Parkinson's disease dementia in the USA and for AD in Europe. It provides smooth, continuous drug delivery, and has the potential to maintain rivastigmine concentrations within an optimal therapeutic window while avoiding the peaks and troughs associated with oral drug delivery. The target dose, rivastigmine 9.5 mg/24 h patch (a 10 cm(2) patch), is given once daily and requires a simple one-step dose titration to the therapeutic dose. In a 24-week study in 1195 AD patients, the rivastigmine 9.5 mg/24 h patch provided similar efficacy to the highest dose range of capsules, with approximately three-times fewer reports of nausea and vomiting. Patients in the 9.5 mg/24 h patch and 12 mg/day capsule groups evidenced significant improvements versus placebo on both primary outcome measures: the Alzheimer's Disease Assessment Scale-Cognitive subscale; and Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study-Clinical Global Impression of Change; in addition to the following secondary outcome measures: Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study-Activities of Daily Living scale; Mini-Mental State Examination; and Trail Making Test Part A for assessment of attention, visual tracking and motor processing speed. Treatment differences on the Neuropsychiatric Inventory and Ten Point Clock-drawing Test did not reach statistical significance in this study. The patch may be the optimal way to treat dementia patients with rivastigmine.
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Donepezil and galantamine groups showed a significant increase in CSF AChE activity at follow-up, while no changes for BChE activity were observed; in donepezil group, a positive correlation between plasma concentration and AChE activity was documented. Conversely, in rivastigmine group, a decrease in CSF activity of both enzymes was observed. CSF AChE and BChE activities were not correlated with the clinical outcome in any group considered. CSF biomarkers did not show any change after treatment.
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