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Please describe the medication: donepezil?

Please describe the medication: donepezil?

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 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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Please describe the medication: aricept (donepezil)?

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 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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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. ...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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Is there any drug interactions between bupropion and donepezil?

Is there any drug interactions between bupropion and donepezil?

Yes, there can: Be a risk of seizures when both of these medications are taken. ...Read more

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Does the dementia drug donepezil really work? If so how well? I started giving it to my 85 year old mother with mild dementia.

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 more

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What is donepezil used for?

Alzheimers: The fda has approved donepezil (aricept) to help slow progression of alzheimer's dementia. It has been used off-label for other cognitive disorders as well. ...Read more

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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. ...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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Can donepezil 10 mg cause you to feel "high"?

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 more

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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. ...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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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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Aricept (Definition)

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