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What Is Tacrine Used For?

How Does Tacrine Work?

Tacrine is classified as an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor. It works by preventing a specific enzyme (known as acetylcholinesterase) from breaking down acetylcholine in the brain. Acetylcholine is a chemical that aids in many brain functions, including memory, attention, reason, and language. There is some thought that problems with inadequate acetylcholine in the brain may be responsible for some of the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.

Tacrine Uses in Children

Tacrine is not approved for use in children (which makes sense, since Alzheimer's disease is a disease of the elderly).

Off-Label Tacrine Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend tacrine for something other than Alzheimer's disease. Off-label tacrine uses include the treatment of the following conditions:
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