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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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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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What is Aricept (donepezil) used for?

What is Aricept (donepezil) used for?

Aricept (donepezil): Cholinesterase inhibitors, for mild to moderate Alzheimer's. ...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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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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How can I take Aricept (donepezil) with or with out food?

How can I take Aricept (donepezil) with or with out food?

Either: Aricept (donepizil) used for dementia may cause nausea in some people. Taking it with food may help that side effect. However, the absorption is not affected by food- so whatever suits the person is fine. ...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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Can you tell me about it's like to try Aricept (donepezil) for pd problems?

It is used.: PD means Parkinson"s Disease has accompanying dementia where one of the symptoms is visual hallucinations and the dementia is called Lewy Body dementia. Other symptoms include memory problems, depression, and sundowning symptoms. Aricept and Namenda (memantine) helps with the memory and some of the agitation at night (sundowning syndrome). ...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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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. ...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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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. ...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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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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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

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Does taking celexa along with Aricept (donepezil) lessen the effectiveness of the aricept (donepezil)?

No- it does not: These two medications employ different mechanisms. They will not interfere with each other. It is unusual for a person to use both medications because it is difficult to diagnose a mood disorder in the setting of Alzheimers disease. ...Read more

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Aricept (Definition)

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