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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Aricept (Overview)

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


Dr. Creighton Wright
65 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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Could blood in your urine be a side effect of aricept (donepezil)?

Definitely yes: Blood in urine is one of many possible side effects on urinary tract from aricept (donepezil). Please discuss with the prescribing dr. ...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

Dr. James Chapman
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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