Cholinesterase Inhibitors and Gingko Extracts: Are They Comparable in the Treatment of Dementia? Comparison of Published Placebo-controlled Efficacy Studies of at Least Six Months' Duration
 
   

Cholinesterase Inhibitors and Gingko Extracts:
Are They Comparable in the Treatment of Dementia?
Comparison of Published Placebo-controlled
Efficacy Studies of at Least
Six Months' Duration

This section is compiled by Frank M. Painter, D.C.
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FROM:   Phytomedicine 2000 (Jan);   6 (6):   393401

Wettstein A


The efficacy of four cholinesterase inhibitors (tacrine, donepezil, rivastigmine, metrifonate) and Ginkgo special extract EGb 761 in Alzheimer's disease were compared. The differences in the effects of the active substance and placebo on cognition were measured on the ADAS-Cog scale, taking into account the different degrees of dementia in the various studies and the dropout rate due to adverse drug reactions. Efficacy, expressed as the delay in symptom progression or the difference in response rate between active substance and placebo, showed no major differences between the four cholinesterase inhibitors and the Ginkgo special extract. Only tacrine exhibited a high dropout rate due to adverse drug reactions. In view of this, the subject of new prescriptions should be critically reviewed. Second-generation cholinesterase inhibitors (donepezil, rivastigmine, metrifonate) and Ginkgo special extract EGb 761 should be considered equally effective in the treatment of mild to moderate Alzheimer's dementia.


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