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      New Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitor (Donepezil) Treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease in a Chronic Dialysis Patient

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          The new-generation acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, donepezil, is useful in the treatment of mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease. A 72-year-old male chronic hemodialysis patient was diagnosed as having moderate Alzheimer’s disease. We administered donepezil at 3 mg/day orally to the patient. After 1 month’s treatment, the patient improved to a controllable psychiatric condition and was discharged from the hospital. The 24-hour plasma concentration profile of donepezil following the 3-mg once-daily dose varied from 11.1 to 18.2 ng/ml. The through level of donepezil was reduced from 12.4 to 10.9 ng/ml over a 3-month period. We did not experience any episodes of drug toxicity or adverse effects in this chronic dialysis patient. Donepezil treatment might have a beneficial impact on patients with severe renal dysfunction.

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          Journal
          NEF
          Nephron
          10.1159/issn.1660-8151
          Nephron
          S. Karger AG
          1660-8151
          2235-3186
          2002
          June 2002
          03 June 2002
          : 91
          : 2
          : 330-332
          Affiliations
          aDepartment of Surgery, Saitama Medical Center, Saitama Medical School, Kawagoe; bDepartment of Internal Medicine, Yoshikawa Hospital, Tokorozawa, and cDepartment of Neurology, Chibanishi General Hospital, Chiba, Japan
          Article
          58413 Nephron 2002;91:330–332
          10.1159/000058413
          12053074
          © 2002 S. Karger AG, Basel

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