Rivastigmine Monotherapy and Combination Therapy With Memantine in Patients With Moderately Severe Alzheimer's Disease Who Failed to Benefit From Previous Cholinesterase Inhibitor Treatment
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This is a prospective, multicenter, open-label study. Following screening and baseline assessments, eligible patients will be switched to rivastigmine and will enter the 16 week run-in rivastigmine treatment phase. After completion of assessments at the end of the run-in phase, patients who were not sufficiently stabilized on rivastigmine alone will receive add-on memantine to their rivastigmine treatment; patients who were stabilized on rivastigmine alone will have completed and be discontinued from the study.
An Open-label Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of add-on Memantine [5-10 mg b.i.d (10-20 mg/Day)] to Rivastigmine [1.5-6 mg b.i.d. (3-12 mg/Day)] Treatment in Patients With Alzheimer's Disease Who Continued With Rivastigmine Treatment After a Previous Decline While on Donepezil or Galantamine Treatment
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Ages Eligible for Study:
50 Years and older (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Outpatients who have probable Alzheimer's disease according to the DSMIV criteria
Patients treated with donepezil (5-10 mg ) or galantamine (16- 24 mg) for at least 6 months
Patients, in the investigator's clinical judgment, not stabilized on treatment with donepezil or galantamine
Patients with evidence of severe or unstable physical illness, i.e., acute and severe asthmatic conditions, severe or unstable cardiovascular disorders, active peptic ulcer disease, hypersensitivity to cholinesterase inhibitors or memantine, clinically significant laboratory abnormalities or any patient with a medical condition which would prohibit them from completing the clinical trial