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Cholinesterase Inhibitors Found to Increase Risk of Significant Weight Loss in Dementia Patients

Cholinesterase inhibitors, which are commonly used to treat dementia, may increase the risk of adverse weight loss in people 65 and older, reports a new study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Because severe weight loss can ultimately result in death, the findings suggest that clinicians should consider this risk when prescribing cholinesterase inhibitors such as donepezil (Aricept), galantamine (Razadyne), and rivastigmine (Exelon).While previous studies have suggested an association between cholinesterase inhibitors like donepezil or galantamine and weight loss, the new analysis provides the first evidence of...

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Published By: Psychiatric News - Monday, 3 August, 2015

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