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Alzheimer's Med: 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 to nursing home admission. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Please provide : Specific medications for which you have concerns - so that drug interactions can be checked. You can re-ask this question. ...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
Yes, there can: Be a risk of seizures when both of these medications are taken. ...Read more
Does the dementia drug donepezil really work? If so how well? I started giving it to my 85 year old mother with mild dementia.
Depends: on what you mean by "work." No drug is likely to reverse the damage that has already occurred. What they may do, but only in some patients and only to a limited degree, is slow down the progression of the dementia. Physical exercise, a balanced diet, lots of socialization and enrichment, as well as treating any underlying depression may do more to increase quality of life than meds. Get support! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not usually: Donepezil, a "memory enhancing " agent for alzheimers is not usually associated with any frank neuropsychiatric issues which would create a drunk or high sensation. Mostly issues involve nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, faintness from pulse slowing. Are other meds on board and are additional comorbidities present? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer