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What side effects are associated with Aricept (donepezil)?

What side effects are associated with Aricept (donepezil)?

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.

Dr. Oscar Novick
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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Can Aricept (donepezil) help memory loss side effects of medications?

Can Aricept (donepezil) help memory loss side effects of medications?

Anti-cholinergics: Numerous drugs in medicine affect a chemical called acetylcholine, and this effect can result in memory loss, especially in the elderly. Aricept, (donepezil) which is now generic, helps increase the level of acetylcholine, and may mitigate these adverse effects.

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Mother in law has been taken off aricept (donepezil). She is 93, what side effects should we expect?

Mother in law has been taken off aricept (donepezil). She is 93, what side effects should we expect?

Alzheimer's: Aricept (donepezil) is a cholinesterase inhibitor used to help the memory impairment in patients with alzheimer's. Side effects include diarrhea, and bradycardia. This is the reason many times we elect to stop tis medication, specially in late stages when mainly supportive care is recommended. The progression of the disease will continue with or without the medication. Some notice a slightly faster decline.

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Should someone stop Aricept (donepezil) and nemenda if they can still walk but not talk? No side effects, but could it contribute to mobility?

Meds for cognition: Aricept and Namenda (memantine) have been studied in patients with various types of dementia (alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, lewy body dementia, etc.). Studies mostly assessed their effects on thinking, but they were also found to help activities of daily living and behavior. Therefore even if the patient can't talk, the medications could still be helping. Talk to the patient's md before stopping.

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Is donepezil HCl 5 mg is addicting or has any side effects?

Is donepezil HCl 5 mg is addicting or has any side effects?

Donepezil: Donapezil is a medication used to help with cognition in alzheimer's disease. It is not addicting. The main side effects are GI ones: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach upset, constipation, etc. Some can have dizziness, headache, and fatigue too.

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The dr. Just put my mom on the medicine called donepezil. What are common side effects?

The dr. Just put my mom on the medicine called donepezil. What are common side effects?

Alzheimer's: Donepezil is indicated for alzheimer's disease, and can have many potential side effects, including nausea and vomiting, weight loss, diarrhea, fainting, heart complications such as abnormal rhythms and slowing of heart beat, rarely stomach ulcers. However, usually quite well tolerated and safe.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Does Aricept (donepezil) cause any long term harm?

It can: It can cause GI bleeding, seizures, urinary retention. These are all uncommon.

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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.

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I take Aricept (donepezil) 1o mg and sinement 100 mg. I want to know how is best taken. Like with or without food?

I take Aricept (donepezil) 1o mg and sinement 100 mg. I want to know how is best taken. Like with or without food?

Without food: The sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa) might not be absorbed as well depending on the types and amounts of certain amino acids.

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Aricept (Definition)

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