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Coming Off Aricept
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
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
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
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
Possible scenarios for an 89 old male to stop taking Aricept (donepezil) 5mg after on it for 6 yrs? He is alert now more than the past 6yrs. Been off for 4 mnth
Common.: Most 89 year olds do better with fewer medications. ...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
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
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
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
Aricept (donepezil): Yes you do.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
Risperdal/Aricept: As prescribed, yes.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
Please provide: Specific medications for which you have concerns - so that drug interactions can be checked. You can re-ask this question. ...Read more