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Exelon Patch For Alzheimer's

"Certainly they need to try everything they can to wipe out Alzheimer's and Dementia," says Minnie Horrell "Certainly they need to try everything they can to wipe out Alzheimer's and Dementia," says Minnie Horrell

More than 4 million Americans have Alzheimer's so chances are you know somebody suffering from the disease.  Now there is a new way to help.

Instead of taking pills, soon Alzheimer's patients can simply put a patch on and go about their day receiving the medication they need.  The Exelon patch has just been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.  It will help treat patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease; both diseases can cause dementia.

"I think that would be a wonderful thing to develop a patch for treatment for any of those diseases," says Minnie Horrell.  She has known many people who have suffered from these diseases and hopes the patch will ease their pain.  "I've known several [people with Alzheimer's]; it would be a chance to see if it improved it or help the family some."

The manufacturer of the 24-hour patch says it will also cause less problems with nausea and vomiting than the currently available oral capsule version of Exelon: "Well I think it could be a good thing, especially if they have a swallowing problem to get their pills down.  The patch would be easier for those people,"says Horrell.

It can be applied to the chest, back, or upper arm.   Although there is no cure for Alzheimer's, the company that makes the patch says it can help provide significant improvement in memory and the ability to perform everyday activities which Minnie says is a step in the right direction:  "Certainly they need to try everything they can to wipe out Alzheimer's and Dementia."

The company that makes Exelon says that they expect the prescription to be available for those Alzheimer's patients very soon.

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