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Phenserine efficacy in Alzheimer’s disease


Winblad, Bengt, Giacobini, Ezio, Frölich, Lutz, Friedhoff, Lawrence T., Bruinsma, Gosse, Becker, Robert E., Greig, Nigel H.


Journal Of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD, Volume: 22, No.: 4, Pages.: 1201-1208

Year of Publication



To gather preliminary evidence in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) for the efficacy of phenserine, a non-competitive acetylcholinesterase inhibitor that has independent modulatory effects on amyloid-β generation, a 12-week comparison of patients receiving phenserine (10 and 15 mg BID) or placebo was conducted under double-blind conditions. Patients who completed 12 weeks of the double-blind before others were continued in the double-blind to determine longer-term treatment effects. At 12 weeks, mean ADAS-cog (AD assessment scale-cognitive) changes from baseline were -2.5 and -1.9 for high-dose phenserine (n=83) and placebo (n=81) groups, respectively, a non-statistically significant improvement for the high-dose phenserine group relative to placebo. CIBIC+ (clinician’s interview based impression of change + caregiver’s input) values for the high-dose and placebo groups were similar at 12 weeks. For patients who received more than 12 weeks of therapy, the ADAS-cog changes were -3.18 and -0.66 for the high-dose phenserine (n=52) and placebo (n=63) groups, respectively, a difference achieving statistical significance (p=0.0286). After 12 weeks, CIBIC+ values were 3.59 and 3.95 for the high-dose (n=54) and placebo (n=66) groups respectively (p=0.0568). These results from this short-term study are consistent with phenserine potentially benefiting mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease symptomatically but do not address possible amyloid metabolic mediated effects on disease processes in AD.;


aged, aged, 80 and over, alzheimer disease, analogs derivatives, analysis of variance, cholinesterase inhibitors, double-blind method, drug therapy, female, humans, male, middle aged, phenserine, physostigmine, therapeutic use, treatment outcome

Countries of Study


Types of Dementia

Alzheimer’s Disease

Types of Study

Randomised Controlled Trial

Type of Outcomes


Type of Interventions

Pharmaceutical Interventions

Pharmaceutical Interventions

Anti-Alzheimer medications, e.g.: donezepil, galantamine, rivastigmine, memantime