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Donepezil versus non-drug treatment in Alzheimer's disease

Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris
Clinical Trial

Information about the drug that will be tested in the study


1 capsule per day

Is the drug already on the market for another medical condition?

Yes – symptomatic drugs for Alzheimer's disease

Will all participants receive the same drug?

Participants will be selected at random to either receive one of the following options:

  • Standard of care, non-drug approach: following the recommendations of the Alzheimer's disease care by the French Health Authority. The care is cognitive, psychic, functional or social and centered on the patient and his environment. This care is best carried out by the memory consultations participating in this study and having extensive experience in the care of Alzheimer patients
  • Donepezil group: Management similar to the previous arm plus addition of Donepezil (5mg) per day during one month and then an oral capsule of Donepezil (10 mg) per day until months 6.

Neither the participant nor his/her doctor will know if the person is receiving the investigational drug or the placebo.

Information about participating in the trial

What are the researchers trying to find out?

The purpose of the study is to compare the efficiency of the two approaches (non-drug versus donepezil) on the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease after six months of treatment.

How long will the treatment last?

6 months

What your involvement will entail?
  • During the study, participants will be asked to complete some tests that will assess their memory, functioning, behaviour, quality of life and other health-related questionnaires (i.e. tests or scales like MMSE, CDR, ADAS-Cog…).

Further information on the procedures, tests and number of visits can be obtained from the study team.

Who can participate in this study?

Who can participate in the study?

To take part in the study, participants must:

  • Be 50 years old and older
  • Have a diagnosis of probable Alzheimer’s disease according to International Working Group (IWG) 2 Criteria for Alzheimer's Disease Diagnosis, including positivity of biomarkers in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)
  • Have a score >10 points in the MMSE test (a test about your memory). This would suggest that the person has an impairment in their memory that is at a mild or prodromal stage
  • Have a study partner who has a sufficient contact with the participant, is willing to participate in study procedures throughout the study duration
  • Be French native speaker.
Who cannot participate in the study?

People cannot take part in the study if they have or have experienced:

  • Ongoing disorders that may cause dementia
  • Severe heart disease that may interfere with the safety or study assessments (i.e. bradycardia)
  • Previous use of symptomatic treatment for Alzheimer's disease
  • Participation in another clinical study.

The above list is not exhaustive. It includes the most common conditions and diseases that might exclude people from the study.

Information for your doctor identifier


Study contact information

DUMURGIER Julien 0033 1 40 05 43 13


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The information contained in this document is based on information available on public registries (e.g. website) on March 2022.

This document has been reviewed by the pharmaceutical company running this trial.

This document has been reviewed by a member of the European Working Group of People with Dementia.


Alzheimer Europe's Clinical Trials Watch database was developed as part of the 2018 Work Plan which received funding under an operating grant from the European Union’s Health Programme (2014–2020).

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