Cognex Medication Information
People with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's disease may be given Cognex® (tacrine hydrochloride). Unfortunately, the drug cannot cure Alzheimer's, but it can help prevent symptoms from becoming worse by improving memory, attention, reason, and language. As an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, Cognex works by preventing a specific enzyme (acetylcholinesterase) from breaking down acetylcholine in the brain. Acetylcholine is a chemical that aids in many brain functions, including memory, attention, reason, and language.
Prior to beginning treatment with Cognex, inform your healthcare provider of any other medications you are taking, including nonprescription products and supplements, and any other medical conditions you have, such as cirrhosis, asthma, or epilepsy. This will help your healthcare provider make sure this is the right treatment for you.
(Click Cognex for more information on how this medicine performed in clinical studies, what to do in cases of overdose, and factors that affect your dose.)