Aricept

Aricept may improve the ability to think and remember for those with Alzheimer's disease. Side effects include nausea, diarrhea, and difficulty falling asleep. Side effects may get better with time.

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Aricept 23 MG Oral Tablet
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Uses of Aricept

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Aricept is a prescription medicine to treat mild, moderate, and severe Alzheimer's disease. Aricept can help with mental function and with doing daily tasks. 

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Donepezil

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    Aricept Drug Class

    Aricept is part of the drug class:

    Side Effects of Aricept

    Aricept may cause serious side effects. See "Drug Precautions" section.

    The most common side effects of Aricept are:

    • nausea
    • diarrhea
    • not sleeping well
    • vomiting
    • muscle cramps
    • feeling tired
    • not wanting to eat

    These side effects may get better after the patient takes Aricept for a while. This is not a complete list of side effects with Aricept. For more information, ask the doctor or pharmacist.

    Aricept Interactions

    Tell your doctor about all of the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you are taking:

    • aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve). If you take NSAIDs together with donepezil it may make it more likely you will develop stomach ulcers.
    • drugs such as phenytoin, carbamazepine, dexamethasone, rifampin, and phenobarbital could decrease the effectiveness of Aricept.
    • ipratropium bromide (Atrovent), oxitropium bromide (Oxivent), tiotropium (Spiriva), and Glycopyrrolate (Robinul) may be less effective if taken with Aricept
    • Aricept may increase the effectiveness of bethanecol

    Because Aricept may cause side effects when taken with certain medicines used for anesthesia, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking Aricept if you:

    • will have surgery or medical procedures
    • will have dental surgery or procedures

     

    Aricept Precautions

    Aricept may cause the following serious side effects:

    • slow heartbeat and fainting. This happens more often in people with heart problems. Call the doctor right away if the patient faints while taking Aricept.
    • more stomach acid. This raises the chance of ulcers and bleeding. 
    • worsening of lung problems in people with asthma or other lung disease.
    • seizures.
    • difficulty passing urine.

    Call the doctor right away if the patient has:

    • fainting.
    • heartburn or stomach pain that is new or won't go away.
    • nausea or vomiting, blood in the vomit, dark vomit that looks like coffee grounds.
    • bowel movements or stools that look like black tar.
    • new or worse asthma or breathing problems.
    • seizures.
    • difficulty passing urine.

    Do not take Aricept if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in Aricept or to medicines that contain piperidines. 

    Aricept can cause dizziness, drowsiness, and blurred vision. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Aricept affects you.

     

     

    Aricept Food Interactions

    Medicines can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your doctor may advise you to avoid certain foods. In the case of Aricept there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when receiving Aricept.

     

    Inform MD

    Tell the doctor about all of your medical conditions including:

    • irregular, slow or fast heartbeat or other heart problems
    • asthma or breathing problems
    • seizures
    • difficulty passing urine
    • liver or kidney problems
    • trouble swallowing tablets
    • if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
    • if you have or have had stomach ulcers

    Tell your doctor about all of the medicines you are currently taking or plan to take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Because Aricept may cause side effects when taken with certain medicines used for anesthesia, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking Aricept if you:

    • will have surgery or medical procedures
    • will have dental surgery or procedures

    Aricept and Pregnancy

    It is not known if Aricept can be used in pregnancy or if it will harm an unborn baby. Aricept should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the unborn child.

     

     

     

    Aricept and Lactation

    It is not known whether Aricept is excreted into human breast milk or if it will harm a nursing child.

    Aricept Usage

    Aricept comes as a tablet and is taken by mouth with or without food. It is usually taken once a day at bedtime. 

    If you are taking the 23 mg tablet, Do not split, crush or chew the tablet, because this may increase its rate of absorption.

    • If you miss a dose of Aricept, just wait. Take the next dose at the usual time. Do not take 2 doses at the same time.
    • If Aricept is missed for 7 days or more, talk with the doctor before starting again.

    Aricept Dosage

    Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

    • In mild to moderate Alzheimer's Disease the dosages of Aricept (donepezil) shown to be effective are 5 mg and 10 mg taken by mouth once a day.
    • For moderate to severe Alzheimer’s Disease Aricept (donepezil) has been shown to be effective at doses of 10 mg and 23 mg taken by mouth once daily. 

    Aricept Overdose

    If you take too much Aricept, call your doctor or local Poison Control Center right away.