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Aricept ( Donepezil)
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Aricept, also known as Donepezil, is useful for the treatment of mild to moderate dementia.
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Drug Uses

Aricept is useful in the treatment of mild to moderate dementia, like, impairment of memory, abstract thinking and also judgment, changes in personality. All this is mainly caused by Alzheimer disease.


Medication must always be taken as advised by your medical practitioner/physician. If you are unsure, then please contact your physician for precise instructions. On the other hand, the medicine label usually contains dosage instructions which also may be followed.

Aricept may be taken with a meal or without a meal to prevent stomach problems, preferably just before your bedtime.

A full glass of water when taken with Aricept always ensures better absorption.

Medications are prescribed according to a dosage schedule which must be completed in order to reap the benefits of the treatment. Lapsed schedules render Aricept ineffective. So, never stop in between unless advised by your physician.

One of the best ways to ensure that you do not miss out on a dose is to maintain a fixed regime for consuming Aricept each day.

Drug Class and Mechanism

Aricept being a cholinesterase inhibitor mainly works when it increases acetylcholine in the brain. This in turn helps to improve not just your memory but also thinking ability.

Missed Dose

You must maintain a schedule for taking the medicine at the same time each day so that you do not miss out on any doses. But, in the advent of a missed dose, take it as soon as you remember so that you can compensate for the loss of the dose.

But, then you may need to adjust your remaining doses accordingly. And if it is almost time for the next dose, then please skip the missed dose and continue with the normal schedule.

Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.


Aricept must be stored at a cool and dark place that prevents it from direct exposure to sunlight. It should also be protected from kids and pets. You can store it at room temperature preferably between 15 to 30 degrees C.

If you are allergic to any ingredient in Aricept (you may check medicine label) or even to piperidine derivatives then please do not use it without consulting your doctor.

Ensure that your doctor is aware of your past and current medical history before you start any new treatment or medication. This must include any and all diseases that you have suffered /suffer from, all subscription and over the counter medication that you are taking, including vitamins and herbal supplements. This will help avoid a possible interaction or allergy.

Aricept is known to make some people dizzy or drowsy. And if you consume alcoholic beverages, then the chances of this happening increase greatly. Hence, alcohol and alcoholic beverages must be strictly avoided while taking Aricept. If you have experienced drowsiness after taking Aricept, then avoid tasks that require mental alertness for example, driving, handling heavy equipment or machinery etc.

Your lab technician or doctor must be informed that you are taking Aricept before you undergo any lab tests or emergency surgical procedures.

Caution and special care must be maintained when the patient is a small kid.

Pregnancy Info

If you are planning to have a baby or are pregnant already then you must seek advice from your doctor before using Aricept. Discuss the effects and possible risks that Aricept usage may have on the unborn baby.

If you are breast feeding your child, then too seek medical advice before using Aricept. Some drugs may be excreted in the breast milk and may harm the baby.
Side Effects

It is common to experience some temporary and mildly annoying side effects as the body adjusts to the new drug. These rarely require any special medical attention and usually fade away automatically.

These include abnormal dreams, loss of appetite, weight loss, diarrhea, vomiting, dizziness, muscle cramps, drowsiness, sleeplessness and also tiredness.

But, if they refuse to fade away or become bothersome, then seek medical attention immediately.

On the other hand, if you experience serious side effects like severe allergic reactions leading to a difficulty in breathing along with swelling of the various parts of the body, tightness in the chest, bloody stools, rash, chest pain, itching, depression, trouble urinating, fainting, irregular heartbeat, seizures, loss of bowel or bladder control, tremor, unsteadiness, changes in vision, unusual mental or mood changes, and lastly vomit that contains blood or looks like coffee grounds.

Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of these side effects.

In some cases, you may also notice side effects that are not listed here. In such cases, seek medical attention.
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