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.
GI side effects. Aricept's main side effect is loss of appetite, nausea and resultant weight loss though it is less than other drugs in its class like exelon (rivastigmine). Actually significant number of patients loose weight with Exelon (rivastigmine) and at one time i suspected it might be a good drug to help with weight loss in normal people.

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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?

Aricept (donepezil) Helps reduce the symptoms of dementia. Stopping it may increase those symptoms. Discuss with his neurologist before making any changes. Read more...
New behaviors. Three things are possible: no change, a rapid (over weeks) decline in functioning that he cannot regain even if medicine restarted or more likely the emergence of previously unseen behavioral problems. The medicines like Aricept (donepezil) decrease anxiety and agitation and have a protective effect against hallucinations and delusions. Read more...
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...

Aftr being off Aricept (donepezil) for 6mths, how would we know if he should be back on a dementia med?

Get him back on it.. Unless he didn't tolerate it well. If he has been diagnosed with dementia, Aricept can preserve his independent functioning for a longer time than not being on aricept. It won't help him regain what he's lost, and it won't extend his life. Namenda (memantine) can also help, but these drugs are not without side effects. Talk to his doctor. Read more...
Ask prescriber. Dementia specific medicines useful for different indications depending on your stage of illness. Early on they help slow functional decline. Later they help decrease anxiety, agitation and aggression. Read more...

Aricept (donepezil hcl) useful for dementia Lewy body?

Seems to be. As it increases acetylcholine in the brain and that can improve attention deficits and cognitive fluctuations. Read more...

Grandpa stopped taking Aricept (donepezil) for dementia due to fecal incontinence & had severe cognitive decline. Too late to go back on it? Any other options?

Never too late. Sounds like dad has declined. This may or may not be related to the med. Diarrhea is a common side effect of donepizil. Read more...
Other Options. Aricept doesn't really help that much but there are many natural options with great potential. All with dementia should be assessed for lead ; mercury toxicity.Low B12 is common (treat any level below 500) as is hypothyroidism (check free t3, (liothyronine) not just tsh). Many herbs ; nutrients can help- see http://umm.Edu/health/medical/altmed/condition/dementia turmeric/curcumin can help: http://bit.Ly/1hwoylj. Read more...
Yes. Unfortunately anything lost after stopping cognitive enhancers may not be regained if restarted. However, they maybe retried- cholinesterase inhibitors(donepizil, rivastigmine, galantamine) and memantine are standard treatments. There are many clinical trials available and some nutraceuticals as well(axona). The alzheimers assoc has a web site that can direct you and refer you to a specialist. Read more...