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Rivastigmine for Refractory REM Behavior Disorder in Mild Cognitive Impairment

[ Vol. 11 , Issue. 3 ]

Author(s):

Valerio Brunetti, Anna Losurdo, Elisa Testani, Leonardo Lapenta, Paolo Mariotti, Camillo Marra, Paolo Maria Rossini and Giacomo Della Marca   Pages 267 - 273 ( 7 )

Abstract:


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.

Affiliation:

Institute of Neurology, Catholic University, Rome, Italy.



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