Objectives - To evaluate the effect of 3 month therapy with donepezil, a centrally acting cholinesterase inhibitor, on cognitive performances, motor function and daily living activities in progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP). Materials and methods - Six patients with a diagnosis of PSP were evaluated at baseline and after 3 months of treatment with donepezil, 10 mg given at bedtime. Cognitive functions, motor symptoms and daily activities were evaluated by means of appropriate rating scales. Results - Donepezil was not effective on cognitive dysfunction and did not change ratings of daily living. Parkinsonian symptoms were unaffected by donepezil treatment. Conclusions Cholinergic replacement therapy alone is not likely to improve symptoms in a disorder characterized by a more widespread impairment of monoaminergic systems. Larger studies may be necessary to confirm the lack of effect of donepezil in this disorder.

Donepezil in the treatment of progressive supranuclear palsy

Barbanti P;
2001-01-01

Abstract

Objectives - To evaluate the effect of 3 month therapy with donepezil, a centrally acting cholinesterase inhibitor, on cognitive performances, motor function and daily living activities in progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP). Materials and methods - Six patients with a diagnosis of PSP were evaluated at baseline and after 3 months of treatment with donepezil, 10 mg given at bedtime. Cognitive functions, motor symptoms and daily activities were evaluated by means of appropriate rating scales. Results - Donepezil was not effective on cognitive dysfunction and did not change ratings of daily living. Parkinsonian symptoms were unaffected by donepezil treatment. Conclusions Cholinergic replacement therapy alone is not likely to improve symptoms in a disorder characterized by a more widespread impairment of monoaminergic systems. Larger studies may be necessary to confirm the lack of effect of donepezil in this disorder.
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