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Alzheimer's Disease

Aricept

03/05/2010

Question:

Is aricept used for anything else other than Dementia and Alzheimer`s disease?

Answer:

Aricept is only approved by the FDA for mild to severe Alzheimer's disease. However, physicians may use the medication for any other purpose they feel it would be useful. It has been used for other dementia conditions such as vascular related dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, and frontotemporal dementia. It has been tried in Mild Cognitive Impairment and for people with significant attention or apathetic conditions. All of these and other uses are "off label" and the data to say that it is helpful for any of these other uses is limited.

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Response by:

Douglas W Scharre, MD Douglas W Scharre, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology
Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University