Aricept Overview

Aricept (generic: donepezil) is a prescription medication used to treat Alzheimer's disease. Aricept belongs to a group of drugs called cholinesterase inhibitors. This medication works by stopping a specific enzyme from breaking down acetylcholine in the brain. Acetylcholine is important in many brain functions, including memory, attention, reason, and language.

Aricept comes as a tablet and an orally disintegrating tablet (Aricept ODT). It is usually taken by mouth once a day at bedtime, with or without food. 
Common side effects of Aricept include nausea, diarrhea, and difficulty sleeping.