New drug to TREAT Alzheimer's called Aricept (donepezil)

    You'll hear a lot about a new drug to treat Alzheimer's called Aricept (donepezil). Pfizer is introducing it now in the U.S...they also plan to market it in Canada.

    Aricept is a cholinesterase inhibitor. It inhibits the breakdown of acetylcholine...so more of the neurotransmitter is available for memory and learning.

    It causes modest improvements in memory and alertness.

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