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Medicine For Donepezil Allergy
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
Aricept (donepezil): Cholinesterase inhibitors, for mild to moderate Alzheimer's. ...Read more
Yes, there can: Be a risk of seizures when both of these medications are taken. ...Read more
Alzheimer's: Donepezil is indicated for alzheimer's disease, and can have many potential side effects, including nausea and vomiting, weight loss, diarrhea, fainting, heart complications such as abnormal rhythms and slowing of heart beat, rarely stomach ulcers. However, usually quite well tolerated and safe. ...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
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
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
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
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
Yes it can: The official description is "dream disturbances.Get a more detailed answer ›
Maybe: "better alternatives" is in the eye of the beholder. Currently, drugs approved to treat alzheimer's disease only slow down progression but don't necessarily restore memory & cognitive function. Donepezil, galantamine (galantamine hydrobromide) & rivastigmine are cholinesterase inhibitors while Namenda is an nmda receptor antagonist. In truth, no study has demonstrated that any drug is better than the rest. ...Read more
Careful: Elderly are more prone to side effects. Please stick to prescription ...Read more
Not yet: Donepezil and related medications, rivastigmine and galantamine (galantamine hydrobromide) all have about the same level of mild benefit. However, sometimes a patient will respond better to one of the drugs vs. The others. Another drug, memantine (namenda) words differently so it can be added on, but its level of benefit is less. ...Read more
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
Can I consider rivastigmine or donepezil for unexplainded deterioration of memory with doc. Iam 20? If not what're the other options?
Those drugs are: Meant for ad see your pcp for exam (mini mental) etc- don't take any unsupervised meds! ...Read more
I stopped taking namenda (memantine) a few days ago because of confusion problems, how long do the effects last after stopping? I now take Donepezil 5mg
Good change, I hope: The half-life of Namenda (memantine) is no more than 80 hrs. This should mean that it will be unlikely to still have and effects in a week to 10 days. But your doctor or a pharmacist may explain it better. The new drug should not have that side effect, but watch it and discuss risks w/ the doctor too. Best wishes for good results! ...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
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