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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Aricept (Overview)

Aricept is an anti-Alzheimer's agent which is a kind of reversible acetylcholinesterase inhibitor (psychiatric drug).


Dr. Dariush Saghafi
69 doctors shared insights

Aricept (Overview)

Aricept is an anti-Alzheimer's agent which is a kind of reversible acetylcholinesterase inhibitor (psychiatric drug).


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Please describe the medication: aricept (donepezil)?

Please describe the medication: aricept (donepezil)?

For dementia: Aricept or donepezil is a cholinesterase inhibitor. It increases the amount of acetylcholine that your brains sees. This can improve concentration in those who do not have enough. It can help slow functional decline in those wih early alzheimer's, lewy body and vascular dementias. Later in the illness, this medicine can decrease anxiety, agitation and aggression. ...Read more

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Do doctors prescribe Aricept (donepezil) "just in case a patient has alzhiemer's?" no formal diagnosis of her confusion had been made.

Do doctors prescribe Aricept (donepezil) "just in case a patient has alzhiemer's?" no formal diagnosis of her confusion had been made.

Complex: Not so simple, as memory enhancing agents do not really affect the disease process per se, and are only useful for some symptom control. May be employed for a variety of "off-label" cognitive issues associated with non-alzheimer's conditions. Meet with your doctor if you have questions or concerns and get items clarified. ...Read more

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88 yr old prescribed Aricept (donepezil) for confusion but not diagnosed with alzheimer's. Is this wise? She's developed fecal incontinence.

88 yr old prescribed Aricept (donepezil) for confusion but not diagnosed with alzheimer's. Is this wise? She's developed fecal incontinence.

Aricept (donepezil): A few issues to address: confusion in elderly can be due to many, many causes and needs thorough evaluation. Alzheimer's dementia actually is still a diagnosis of exclusion, once everything else is ruled out. So, during disease evaluation, Aricept (donepezil) or other medications often are prescribed to delay the progression, if present. Aricept (donepezil) can give diarrhea, which may not be present at a lower dose. ...Read more

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Which alzheimer's drug is most effective: Aricept or namenda (memantine)?

Early vs later stage: Both relieve symptoms of the disease & focus on neurotransmitters key to memory and learning. Aricept focuses on acetycholine in an attempt to slow its loss because of alzheimer's. Namenda (memantine) focuses on glutamate, blocking the excess produced as a part of the disease. Namenda (memantine) is better suited to moderate to advanced stages of alzheimer's, while Aricept is for early onset through advanced stages. ...Read more

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How does Aricept (donepezil) work?

Enzyme Blocker: This medication is an enzyme blocker that works by restoring the balance of natural substances (neurotransmitters) in the brain. ...Read more

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Grandpa stopped taking Aricept (donepezil) for dementia due to fecal incontinence & had severe cognitive decline. Too late to go back on it? Any other options?

Yes: Unfortunately anything lost after stopping cognitive enhancers may not be regained if restarted. However, they maybe retried- cholinesterase inhibitors(donepizil, rivastigmine, galantamine) and memantine are standard treatments. There are many clinical trials available and some nutraceuticals as well(axona). The alzheimers assoc has a web site that can direct you and refer you to a specialist. ...Read more

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Side effects of aricept-bad dreams?

yes: Nightmare often can occur. One solution, take in am after awakening, as timing may be an issue, but not always. And it may be dose related, with possible better control at 5 mg dose. ...Read more

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I have just stopped my aunts 5mg dose of Aricept (donepezil) after 3 weeks of being on this drug. How long can I expect to see residual effects?

A few days: Aricept has a half-life of about 96 hrs, so it may take 5-7 days to get out of the system. However, do not give up in future as their are other meds that do help memory, and you can get a better outcome. Consider, the Exelon (rivastigmine) patch, minimal if any adverse events. ...Read more

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Would it be safe for theophylline and donepezil to interact with one another?

Avoid combination: Both drugs may interfere with the metabolism of the other, and the combination could potentially create both blood pressure and cardiovascular complications. Not sure why an individual might be taking a drug for asthma and alzheimer's in this fashion, but need to spend some time with your doctor and get this explained. ...Read more

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Aricept (donepezil) interactions with pain or insomnia medication, what to do?

Please provide : Specific medications for which you have concerns - so that drug interactions can be checked. You can re-ask this question. ...Read more

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My husband has Lewy body dementia. He is on Aricept 23 and namenda for many years. The new doctor advises trying exelon (rivastigmine). I am afraid to change. Is one better than the other?

Perhaps: The fda has approved Exelon (rivastigmine) for use in parkinsonian dementia, which is very similar to "lewy body dementia", and the difference is very subtle. Aricept has never shown significant benefit consistently in research studies on lewy body and is not my preferred agent either. Namenda has shown poor results for the most part also. Would definitely heed your doc's advice. ...Read more

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How does Aricept (donepezil) work?

Enzyme Blocker: This medication is an enzyme blocker that works by restoring the balance of natural substances (neurotransmitters) in the brain. ...Read more

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Who should not take Aricept (donepezil)?

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Who should not take Aricept (donepezil)?

Aricept (donepezil): Ones with hypersensitivity to Aricept, (donepezil) Heart disease, COPD, Asthma, Arrhythmias. Caution if seizures. ...Read more

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What is the generic form of Aricept (donepezil)?

Donepezil: The generic donepezil is available in 5 and 10 mg sizes, but the newer higher dose 23 mg is brand specific. ...Read more

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Does Aricept (donepezil) for pd problems work well?

Yes: The only drug fda approved with parkinson's disease dementia is exelon(rivastigmine)- but aricept(donepizil) is commonly used as well. It may help with the cognitive problems as well as help maintain function in those with pdd. ...Read more

Dr. Harinder Gill
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Donepezil (Definition)

Donepezil is a medication indicated for the treatment of alzheimer's disease that increases acetyl choline (a chemical involved in memory). While it does not cure the disease, it has potential for preserving the quality of life of a sufferer when compared to not treating. For instance, it has been showed to delay the time ...Read more