Definitions for "Cholinesterase inhibitors"
These medicines inhibit the dismantling of a neurotransmitter (see glossary) called Acetylcholine, with the result that concentrations of acetylcholine in the brain rise. The enzyes that dismantle acetylcholine are called cholinesterases. Alzheimer's disease is characterized by low levels of acetylcholine in the brain. close window
drugs that slow the breakdown of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.
Drugs available in the United States for the treatment of mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease. Cholinesterase inhibitors work by blocking the effects of cholinesterase. 30