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Current Alzheimer Research


ISSN (Print): 1567-2050
ISSN (Online): 1875-5828

Rivastigmine for Refractory REM Behavior Disorder in Mild Cognitive Impairment

Author(s): Valerio Brunetti, Anna Losurdo, Elisa Testani, Leonardo Lapenta, Paolo Mariotti, Camillo Marra, Paolo Maria Rossini and Giacomo Della Marca

Volume 11, Issue 3, 2014

Page: [267 - 273] Pages: 7

DOI: 10.2174/1567205011666140302195648

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Background: Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and REM Behavior Disorder (RBD) are both associated with a degeneration of ponto-medullary cholinergic pathways. Methods: We conducted a placebo-controlled, cross-over pilot trial of Rivastigmine (RVT) in 25 consecutive patients with MCI, who presented RBD refractory to conventional first-line treatments (melatonin up to 5 mg/day and clonazepam up to 2 mg/day). Results: RVT treatment was followed by a significant reduction of RBD episodes when compared with placebo. Conclusions: Our data suggest that, in MCI patients with RBD resistant to conventional therapies (muscle relaxants benzodiazepines or melatonin,) treatment with RVT may induce a reduction in the frequency of RBD episodes compared to placebo.

Keywords: Acetylcholine, acetylcholinesterase inhibitors, Alzheimer disease, cholinergic pathways, MCI, mild cognitive impairment, RBD, REM behavior disorder, REM, rivastigmine (RVT), sleep.

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