Nicotine Patch May Improve Cognitive Impairment

February 13, 2012 at 12:49 pm Leave a comment

A small sized and limited study was published in the journal, Neurology, Jan 10, 2012, in which researchers gave non-smokers with mild mental impairment either a 15mg/day patch or placebo patch.  There seemed to be some positive evidence with the nicotine patch.  Larger and longer term trials are expected. Subjects were started on lower doses of nicotine patches and increased to 15mg patch daily. Researchers found that autopsied Alzheimer’s patients showed a loss of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in the brain. The researchers seem to feel these receptors are stimulated by nicotine and acetylcholine.

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