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Moderate-to-severe stage Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a clinically diagnosable entity that represents a substantial burden to our healthcare system in terms of its prevalence, symptomatology, caregiver stress and economics.
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Rivastigmine is a cholinersterase inhibitor approved recently for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The objective of this study is to characterize the pharmacokinetics-pharmacodynamics of rivastigmine in patients with AD. Eighteen AD patients received doses ranging from 1 to 6 mg bid for about 11 weeks. Rivastigmine and its active (major) metabolite (ZNS 114-666, also called NAP 226-90), plasma, and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) concentrations were determined together with the AChE activity and computerized neuropsychological test battery (CNTB) scores. Nonlinear mixed-effects modeling of pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic data was conducted using NONMEM. Rivastigmine and its metabolite exhibited dose-disproportional pharmacokinetics. The apparent clearance and volume of distribution (plasma) of rivastigmine were estimated to be 120 L/h and 236 L, respectively. The relative bioavailability at the 6 mg dose was about 140%. The metabolite had a clearance of about 100 L/h and a volume of distribution of 256 L. The kinetics of the parent and metabolite in CSF showed an equilibration half-life of about 0.2 and 0.5 hours, respectively. The metabolite levels in CSF correlated very well with the acetylcholinesterase inhibition, with a ZNS 114-666 concentration of about 5.4 microg/L required for half-maximal inhibition of acetylcholinesterase activity. No statistically significant correlation of the CNTB scores with enzyme inhibition, parent or metabolite concentration (plasma/CSF), or rivastigmine dose could be established. The PK-PD model presented in this study can provide valuable information to optimize the drug development of rivastigmine and other related compounds and also in rationalizing dosing recommendations.
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To perform a systematic review with meta-analysis.
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The main adverse events reported with rivastigmine therapy are gastrointestinal in nature. However, the transdermal patch appears to reduce these side effects, allowing more patients to access higher therapeutic doses. Overall, the safety profile of rivastigmine is favorable and the improved tolerability offered by the rivastigmine patch suggests that transdermal delivery may be the best way to deliver this drug in AD and PDD patients.
Inflammation has been recently implicated in pathogenesis of dementia disorders. Effect of anti-dementia (Acetylcholinesterase inhibitor) drugs tacrine, rivastigmine and donepezil were studied on neuroinflammation induced by intraperitoneal administration of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in mice. Interleukin-2 (IL-2) and isoforms of acetylcholinesterase (AChE) were estimated in different brain areas as marker for neuroinflammation and cholinergic activity respectively. LPS significantly increased the level of IL-2 in all the brain areas while enhancement of AChE activity varied in brain areas. It was found that administration of tacrine, rivastigmine and donepezil in mice significantly attenuated the LPS induced increased levels of IL-2 along with the significant reduction of AChE activity predominantly in salt soluble (SS) fraction as compared to the detergent soluble (DS) fraction in a dose dependent manner. In vitro effect of LPS was also studied in different brain areas. LPS significantly increased the AChE activity in SS fractions but the significant increase was not found in DS fractions. The present study indicate that cholinesterase inhibitor anti-dementia drugs are effective against LPS induced neuroinflammation that may be linked to enhanced cholinergic activity.
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When compared with the baseline, there were no changes in any of the ECG parameters in all of the patients (P > .05). Moreover, when compared with the mean change from baseline for each treatment group, there were no changes, except heart rate (P = .035).
Many drugs are currently in use for AD (e.g. donepezil, rivastigmine etc.) and several of those in development such as muscarininc and nicotinic agonists, target specifically the cholinergic system; the main mechanism aims to rescue the cholinergic dysfunction, to reduce neurotoxic protein accumulation and improve the cholinergic impairments responsible of the cognitive deficits. Promising approaches aim to either improve drug delivery into the brain or develope new compounds targeting known or new molecular pathways. Nanoparticles and liposomes are also described as new nanotechnology tools that overcome traditional routes of administration, with a particular focus on their employment for compounddelivery that targets the cholinergic system. Ultimately, a new fields of research is emerging as the use of induced pluripotent stem cells, a technology that allows to obtain cells directly from the patients that can be propagated indefinetely and differentiated into the susceptible neuronal subtypes. This may significantly contribute to improve the understanding of AD pathological processes and enhance current AD pharmacology beyond the cholinergic dysfunction.
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In animal models of Alzheimer's disease (AD), mechanisms of cortical plasticity such as long-term potentiation (LTP) and long-term depression (LTD) are impaired. In AD patients, LTP-like cortical plasticity is abolished, whereas LTD seems to be preserved. Dopaminergic transmission has been hypothesized as a new player in ruling mechanisms of cortical plasticity in AD. We aimed at investigating whether administration of the dopamine agonist rotigotine (RTG) could modulate cortical plasticity in AD patients, as measured by theta burst stimulation (TBS) protocols of repetitive transcranial stimulation applied over the primary motor cortex. Thirty mild AD patients were tested in three different groups before and after 4 weeks of treatment with RTG, rivastigmine (RVT), or placebo (PLC). Each patient was evaluated for plasticity induction of LTP/LTD-like effects using respectively intermittent TBS (iTBS) or continuous TBS protocols. Short-latency afferent inhibition (SAI) protocol was performed to indirectly assess central cholinergic activity. A group of age-matched healthy controls was recruited for baseline comparisons. Results showed that at baseline, AD patients were characterized by impaired LTP-like cortical plasticity, as assessed by iTBS. These reduced levels of LTP-like cortical plasticity were increased and normalized after RTG administration. No effect was induced by RVT or PLC on LTP. LTD-like cortical plasticity was not modulated in any condition. Cholinergic activity was increased by both RTG and RVT. Our findings reveal that dopamine agonists may restore the altered mechanisms of LTP-like cortical plasticity in AD patients, thus providing novel implications for therapies based on dopaminergic stimulation.
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22 trials met the inclusion criteria. Follow-up ranged from six weeks to three years. 12 of 14 studies measuring the cognitive outcome by means of the 70 point Alzheimer's disease assessment scale--cognitive subscale showed differences ranging from 1.5 points to 3.9 points in favour of the respective cholinesterase inhibitors. Benefits were also reported from all 12 trials that used the clinician's interview based impression of change scale with input from caregivers. Methodological assessment of all studies found considerable flaws--for example, multiple testing without correction for multiplicity or exclusion of patients after randomisation.
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Cholinergic neuromodulation is pivotal for arousal, attention, and cognitive processes. Loss or dysregulation of cholinergic inputs leads to cognitive impairments like those manifested in Alzheimer's disease. Such dysfunction can be at least partially restored by an increase of acetylcholine (ACh). In animal studies, ACh selectively facilitates long-term excitability changes induced by feed-forward afferent input. Consequently, it has been hypothesized that ACh enhances the signal-to-noise ratio of input processing. However, the neurophysiological foundation for its ability to enhance cognition in humans is not well documented. In this study we explore the effects of rivastigmine, a cholinesterase inhibitor, on global and synapse-specific forms of cortical plasticity induced by transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and paired associative stimulation (PAS) on 10-12 healthy subjects, respectively. Rivastigmine essentially blocked the induction of the global excitability enhancement elicited by anodal tDCS and revealed a tendency to first reduce and then stabilize cathodal tDCS-induced inhibitory aftereffects. However, ACh enhanced the synapse-specific excitability enhancement produced by facilitatory PAS and consolidated the inhibitory PAS-induced excitability diminution. These findings are in line with a cholinergic focusing effect that optimizes the detection of relevant signals during information processing in humans.
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The present study encourages the role of combined administration in disease management by slowing disease progression.
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Treatment with cholinesterase inhibitors can cause tolerability-related problems in many patients. To facilitate the titration process, rivastigmine, a novel form of the drug (solution), has been elaborated. An objective of the study was to compare efficacy, safety and tolerability of rivastigmine (exelon) used in conventional capsules and/or solution and to assess adherence to this drug in patients with mild and moderate Alzheimer's disease. A prospective uncontrolled multicenter study included 207 patients: 126 (60,8%) received rivastigmine capsules and 81 (39,2%) - a solution and capsules with flexible doses of titration regime. In the latter group, the mean dose of rivastigmine was 8,5+/-1,1 mg daily to the end of titration period that was significantly differed from the daily dose used for capsules 4,8+/-1,9 mg (p<0,01). The treatment resulted in the significant improvement of the state of cognitive functions on the MMSE (from 18,5+/-3,8 to 21,9+/-4,3 scores), reduction of intensity of psychotic disturbances and positive changes in evaluation of satisfaction with the therapy given by caregivers of these patients (p<0,001). Due to statistically significant correlations (r=0,48; p=0,017) between MMSE scores and the final dose of rivastigmine, it is necessary to achieve the maximum tolerable dose level. Six patients receiving capsules were withdrawn from the study whereas all patients receiving the solution and capsules completed the study. The flexible titration regime and using the solution of rivastigmine allow to achieve better tolerability and higher dose of the drug to the end of titration period.
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Although no pharmacologic treatments have been proved to alter the pathology of Alzheimer's disease, acetylcholinesterase inhibitor (AChEI) therapy offers symptomatic improvements in or delays in the progression of cognitive, behavioral, and functional deficits. Tacrine, donepezil, rivastigmine, and galantamine are the best studied agents in this class. These drugs have varying pharmacokinetic, safety, and tolerability profiles that can affect patient outcomes. Specifically, certain metabolic parameters (ie, half-life and route of metabolism/elimination) can affect a drug's tolerability and become important when a switch from one agent to another is contemplated. The mechanism of action of galantamine, the most recently approved AChEI. varies from that of the other AChEIs in that it has allosteric modulating activity at nicotinic receptors in addition to its ability to inhibit acetylcholinesterase. Benefits of this dual mode of action on the effects of the disease have been suggested.
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A multicentre, hospital-based, prospective observational study was conducted in nine hospitals across Thailand. Patients with probable mild to moderate AD who received the rivastigmine patch were enrolled. Data were collected data at baseline, weeks 4-8 and after week16.
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Relevant data were identified through a MEDLINE search for studies published in peer-reviewed journals through January 2004. The search terms were Alzheimer, behavior, psychosis, and rivastigmine. Data presented at international scientific congresses were also reviewed to ensure that the most recent data were considered.
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Cross-sectional, observational, multi-centre study conducted on patients with mild to moderate AD treated with rivastigmine in Spanish outpatient clinics specialising in Geriatrics, Psychiatry, and Neurology. Data regarding use of oral (OR) and transdermal (TDR) rivastigmine, compliance (degree of adherence), and caregiver satisfaction with treatment were evaluated.
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The present study was designed to determine the effect of subcutaneous rivastigmine treatment on IL-1β expression and IL-1 type I receptor (IL-1R1) gene expression in the hypothalamic structures (preoptic area [POA], anterior hypothalamus [AHA], and medial basal hypothalamus [MBH]) of ewes after lipopolysaccharide (LPS) treatment. Endotoxin treatment increased (P ≤ 0.01) both IL-1β and IL-1R1 gene expression in the POA, AHA, and MBH compared with the control group, whereas concomitant rivastigmine and LPS injection abolished this stimulatory effect. It was also found that LPS elevated (P ≤ 0.01) IL-1β concentration in the hypothalamus (71.0 ± 2.3 pg/mg) compared with controls (16.1 ± 3.6 pg/mg). The simultaneous injection of LPS and rivastigmine did not increase IL-1β concentration in the hypothalamus (24.6 ± 13.0 pg/mg). This central change in IL-1β synthesis seems to be an effect of acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibition by rivastigmine, which decreases (P ≤ 0.01) the activity of this enzyme from 78.5 ± 15.0 μmol · min(-1) · g(-1) of total protein in the control and 68.8 ± 9.8 μmol · min(-1) · g(-1) of total protein in LPS-treated animals to 45.2 ± 5.6 μmol · min(-1) · g(-1) of total protein in the rivastigmine and LPS-treated group. Our study showed that rivastigmine could effectively reverse the stimulatory effect of immune stress induced by LPS injection on IL-1β synthesis through a decrease in AChE activity in the hypothalamic area of sheep. Our results also proved that the cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway could directly modulate the central response to endotoxin.
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In this three-year AD study performed in a routine clinical practice, the response to ChEI treatment and longitudinal cognitive outcome were better in males, older individuals, non-carriers of the APOE ε4 allele, patients treated with NSAIDs/acetylsalicylic acid, and those receiving a higher dose of ChEI, regardless of the drug agent.
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In total, 86 patients were enrolled. Patients who received rivastigmine (n = 43) showed a non-significant increase in total recall score (sum of all words immediately recalled over all six trials) over placebo (n = 38) after 16 weeks of treatment (p = 0.2576). Other outcome measures provided no evidence supporting benefits of rivastigmine. Treatment with rivastigmine was well tolerated.