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My mother started taking generic Aricept 1 week ago and is suffering from nausea and dizziness is there anything she can take to alleviate symptoms ?
Reduce dose: Cutting up the lowest dose tablet (5 mg) to get a lower initial dose (e.g., 2.5 mg) is possible and sometimes helps one get used to the medication gradually. Taking with food may help. If she can't tolerate aricept/donepezil, there are two other cholinesterase inhibitors (the class of medication that Aricept is in) to try, including one that is delivered by a patch that is often very well tolerate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 ...Read more
Various dep on dose: Common reactions include: nausea, diarrhea, headache, insomnia, dizziness, muscle cramps, vomiting, fatigue, loss of appetite, and weight loss. Less common but serious reactions can occur in some individuals, including: AV block, slowed heart rate, fainting, seizures, and GI bleeding. If you are taking or considering taking this medication, consult with your doctor and discuss your concerns. ...Read more
GI side effects: Aricept's main side effect is loss of appetite, nausea and resultant weight loss though it is less than other drugs in its class like exelon. Actually significant number of patients loose weight with Exelon and at one time i suspected it might be a good drug to help with weight loss in normal people. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Possible scenarios for an 89 old male to stop taking Aricept 5mg after on it for 6 yrs? He is alert now more than the past 6yrs. Been off for 4 mnth
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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