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Dr. Warren Foster
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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


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How does Aricept (donepezil) work?

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 drug class is donepezil (aricept) in?

Aricept (donepezil): Cholinesterase inhibitors, for mild to moderate Alzheimer's. ...Read more

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What is the generic form of Aricept (donepezil)?

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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Please help! What is the drug Aricept (donepezil) used for?

Please help! What is the drug Aricept (donepezil) used for?

Aricept (donepezil): Cholinesterase inhibitors, for mild to moderate Alzheimer's. ...Read more

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Is Aricept (donepezil) as affective in advanced stages alzhimers?

Possibly less: I would first ask if Alzheimer's (DAT) is the correct diagnosis. DAT is not always the correct diagnosis in cases of neurocognitive disorders (dementia). Other conditions also cause trouble with memory and thinking in advanced age and are often missed. If DAT is the correct diagnosis, Aricept (donepezil) helps slow the functional decline but not the actual disease process. New medicines are in development. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for Aricept (donepezil) overdose?

Stop Aricept (donepezil): If adverse events are occurring, stop the drug, but realize that Aricept (donepezil) has a long duration in the body and several days may pass until it is out of the system. Also, there maybe a sharp deterioration in memory if the drug is abruptly stopped. Need to work closely with your neurologist or even a hospital. ...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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How long is Aricept (donepezil) effective for the alzheimers?

How long is Aricept (donepezil) effective for the alzheimers?

Differs by symptom: Aricept (donepezil) increases a chemical in the brain known as acetylcholine. This slows functional decline early in dementia and helps behaviors late. I recommend continuing it as long as possible if there are no adverse effects. ...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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What are the side effects of stopping Aricept and namenda (memantine)?

What are the side effects of stopping Aricept and namenda (memantine)?

Worsening: Back to a baseline, significantly lower level of functioning is the most common phenomenon, which is seen by family/staff as a sudden worsening of the dementia (depending on the stage), it may consist of forgetting names, inability to execute simple tasks, not recognizing people/places, incontinence, etc. ...Read more

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What are the side effects from taking Aricept (donepezil) if you donot have dementia?

What are the side effects from taking Aricept (donepezil) if you donot have dementia?

I don't know as: Aricept (donepezil) is only indicated in dementia, so that is the only time I use it. In general, unnecessary medications cause the "normal" side effects, but cannot help with any other problem. ...Read more

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What could happen if I take my dad (89 yrs old) off Aricept (donepezil) after being on it for 6 yrs., if he really does have dementia?

What could happen if I take my dad (89 yrs old) off Aricept (donepezil) after being on it for 6 yrs., if he really does have dementia?

Maybe very little: Research studies suggest that Aricept is of limited value after about 2 or 3 yrs in most pts, and might be no noticeable effect when stopped. In some, there is a precipitous deterioration over 6 weeks, and there is no way of predicting which way this will go. Maybe, substitute an Exelon (rivastigmine) patch if you are concerned. ...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

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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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Can pregnant women take Aricept (donepezil)?

Can pregnant women take Aricept (donepezil)?

NO!: Aricept (donepezil) is a class C drug, meaning it has not been studied in human pregnant women because of the danger, but in animal studies it has demonstrated damage to the fetus, birth defects, and problematic issues. I would definitely discuss this with the doctor who prescribed it and look at risks/benefits. ...Read more

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How can I buy Aricept (donepezil) without any prescription?

You can't: It is a prescription for a reason. Plus, it's mandated by federal law. So, if you happen to get it without a prescription, you and the seller broke federal law. The penalty includes prison. ...Read more

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How do you know when Aricept and namenda (memantine) have stopped working?

How do you know when Aricept and namenda (memantine) have stopped working?

Tough to be sure: These medicines are designed to help slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease. Since it doesn't necessarily improve symptoms, it can be difficult to know if it is working or not. There have been some studies with Aricept (donepezil) showing that even in severely demented individuals, there is still benefit. If there is no quality of life (i.e. No communication, no adls), I would stop the medicine. ...Read more

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How effective is the new medication for alzeimer disease aricept (donepezil)?

It varies: It could be early as three weeks from the beginning of the medication to make the medication effectively. Remember, it simply slows down the progression, not cure. I would stop the medication when the person is becoming more chair bounded or bed bounded or no longer accepting to feed. Remember Aricept (donepezil) deal with three main components - behavioral, functional and cognitive. ...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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Aftr being off Aricept (donepezil) for 6mths, how would we know if he should be back on a dementia med?

Ask prescriber: Dementia specific medicines useful for different indications depending on your stage of illness. Early on they help slow functional decline. Later they help decrease anxiety, agitation and aggression. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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Aricept (Definition)

Aricept is an anti-Alzheimer's agent which is a kind of reversible ...Read more