My mother was diagnosed with early onset Dementia about 6 months ago. She was on Aricept (sp?). Her neurologist switched her to Excelon pills (we can't use the patch due to her combative behavior). My mother is fighting the effects of the Excelon saying 'I don't like the way it makes me feel...I'm not taking that pill again". We see a noticeable difference when she took it. Her combative behavior was not as intense. I would love to hear from others who are caregivers who have a parent on Excelon. I am my mother's full time caregiver, living in her home now.