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Dr. Sheila Smith
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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 drug class is donepezil (aricept) in?

What drug class is donepezil (aricept) in?

Aricept (donepezil): Cholinesterase inhibitors, for mild to moderate Alzheimer's. ...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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Which alzheimer's drug is most effective: Aricept or namenda (memantine)?

Which alzheimer's drug is most effective: Aricept or namenda (memantine)?

Early vs later stage: Both relieve symptoms of the disease & focus on neurotransmitters key to memory and learning. Aricept focuses on acetycholine in an attempt to slow its loss because of alzheimer's. Namenda (memantine) focuses on glutamate, blocking the excess produced as a part of the disease. Namenda (memantine) is better suited to moderate to advanced stages of alzheimer's, while Aricept is for early onset through advanced stages. ...Read more

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Expert opinions? Which alzheimer's drug is more effective: Aricept or namenda (memantine)?

Expert opinions? Which alzheimer's drug is more effective: Aricept or namenda (memantine)?

Yes: They both have advantages and disadvantages. To learn about the risks and benefits to make a decision you should consult your doctor. ...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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Mom in mid-stage ft dementia. Gets bloodshot eyes every 3-4 wks. On namenda, (memantine) aricept, 0.25mg risperdal. Most likely drugs or disease the cause?

Mom in mid-stage ft dementia. Gets bloodshot eyes every 3-4 wks. On namenda, (memantine) aricept, 0.25mg risperdal. Most likely drugs or disease the cause?

Partly,: Persons with dementis blink a lot less than needed. You see them staring off into space. The eyes are usually red form dryness irritation. Use lubricating eye drops as needed-; refresh, systane or blink eyes drops all are available as over the counter treatment. ...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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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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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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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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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. ...Read more

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How long is Aricept (donepezil) effective for the alzheimers?

How long is Aricept (donepezil) effective for the alzheimers?

Differs by symptom: Aricept (donepezil) increases a chemical in the brain known as acetylcholine. This slows functional decline early in dementia and helps behaviors late. I recommend continuing it as long as possible if there are no adverse effects. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What could happen if I take my dad (89 yrs old) off Aricept (donepezil) after being on it for 6 yrs., if he really does have dementia?

What could happen if I take my dad (89 yrs old) off Aricept (donepezil) after being on it for 6 yrs., if he really does have dementia?

Maybe very little: Research studies suggest that Aricept is of limited value after about 2 or 3 yrs in most pts, and might be no noticeable effect when stopped. In some, there is a precipitous deterioration over 6 weeks, and there is no way of predicting which way this will go. Maybe, substitute an Exelon (rivastigmine) patch if you are concerned. ...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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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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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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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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Aricept (Definition)

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