Aricept

Active Ingredient(s): Donepezil
FDA Approved: * November 25, 1996
Pharm Company: * EISAI MEDCL RES
Category: Alzheimers / Dementia

* This drug may consist of multiple approval dates, manufacturers, or distributors. If applicable, they would be listed below under "NDC Database Records".



Aricept Overview

Donepezil, marketed under the trade name Aricept, is a medication used in the palliative treatment of Alzheimer's disease.[1][2] Donepezil is used to improve cognition and behavior of people with Alzheimer's, but does not slow the progression of or cure the disease.[3] Common side effects include loss of appetite, gastrointestinal upset, diarrhea, difficulty sleeping, vomiting, or muscle cramping.[4] It was developed by Eisai an...

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Aricept safety?

riting on behalf of a friend. His mum was diagnosed with Alzheimer's 3 months ago due to memory impairment. Shecwas still functioning however. Still cooking, cleaning etc. Since going on the meds he hasn't seen any improvent and now she is sleeping all the time.. Barely recognises he is there and can't remember events of ten minutes ago. He is wondering if the donepezil is actually helping and knows Alzheimer's is progressive but wonders if the quick decline could be medication related? Any advice appreciated. She ids on 10 mg a day. I know its hard to tell just wondering if anyone can advise as to whether the medication. Should have helped more or could be hindering? Thanks again. ## Unfortunately, only her doctor can answer these questions. Alzheimer's can rapidly ...

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Aricept Drug Information

Is the generic version or Aricept safe to use? The discussion about the cost of the brand Aricept does not refer to the availability of the lower cost generic which raises questions as to whether the avoidance of reference indicates the generic is not safe or reliable. ## Hello, Ginny! How are you? Yes, it has been proven to be safe and effective. It is really the exact same medication, just without the trademarked name. However, there aren't many generics available, from what I can find, only one has actually been approved, so far, though another is pending, which mans it likely isn't widely available, yet. Is there anything else I can help with? ## I have developed severe leg cramping since taking Aricept. Can I discontinue this drug cold turkey?

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Isosorb What Is The Correct Time To Take For Maximum Benefit

my prescription bottle says to take this medicine daily. i threw away the information sheet that routinely is attached to every prescribed medicine. ## Can my mom take aricept and levothyroxine at the same time in the morning ## There is not real specific time it needs to be taken, Chon, but it should be taken as close to 24 hours apart, as possible. The FDA lists its typical side effects as possibly including nausea, dizziness, headache, and hypotension. Isbelle, no, the Levothyroxine should be taken an hour before taking anything else. The FDA lists its typical side effects as possibly including nausea, dizziness, hair loss, weight changes, and mood changes. Is there anything I can help with?

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arocet parkinson's mild demenia

is anyone taking this with early demensia due to Parkinson's Disease? ## Did you mean Aricept? The FDA classifies it as a cognitive enhancing medication that is used to treat dementia, and Alzheimer's. Its typical side effects are listed as possibly including nausea, dizziness, headache, diarrhea, and weight loss. Can anyone that's taking it chime in with their experience on it?

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Taking Aricept at the same time as Levothyroxine

Both medications are prescribed at bedtime. How much time should I leave between taking the pills and which should I take first? ## Pharmacist said there is no noted interaction and the medications: Aricept and Levothyroxine may be taken at the same time. ## That is odd, usually Levothyroxine needs to be taken about an hour before you eat, or take any other medications. Most doctors prescribe it to be taken in the morning, before you eat breakfast, or take anything else. Have you double checked with your doctor? The FDA lists the typical side effects as possibly including nausea, dizziness, mood changes, and hair loss.

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Aricept drug interaction

Can Amytryptilene be used with Aricept? ## Hi Fiona, My findings state that there are in fact unsafe interactions between these two drugs. Quoted below are the precautions you should be aware of... Applies to: Amitriptyline & Aricept (donepezil) "GENERALLY AVOID: Due to opposing effects, agents that possess anticholinergic activity (e.g., sedating antihistamines; antispasmodics; neuroleptics; phenothiazines; skeletal muscle relaxants; tricyclic antidepressants; class IA antiarrhythmics especially disopyramide; carbamazepine; cimetidine; ranitidine) may negate the already small pharmacologic benefits of acetylcholinesterase inhibitors in the treatment of dementia. These agents may also adversely affect elderly patients in general. Clinically significant mental status changes asso...

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side effect of stalopam on aricept 5

A friend's 93 year old mother was prescribed Stalopam 5 for depression Can she also take Aricept 5 which is prescribed for arresting Alzhiemers

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aricept and vaginal discharge

I have been taking aricept for almost 3 months. I have the regular side effects, night mares, insomnia, etc. However I woke up this morning and had a severe vaginal discharge. Also had it a week ago but assumed it was diarrhea. Apparently it wasnt. I had a hysterectomy 25 years ago and have never had any problems until now. Has anybody had this problem taking aricept? ## Hello, Amy! How are you? I'm sorry about the problem you're having. Since you've had a hysterectomy, you should definitely have this checked out by your doctor to be safe. The FDA lists the typical side effects of this medication as possibly including nausea, dizziness, nasal congestion and hot flashes. Are you on any other medications?

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aricept severe nausea

My husband has been taking Aricept 10 mg at bedtime for a year. He had some initial nausea the next morning, but it subsided after he took his dosage earlier the evening before. His dosage has been increased to 10 mg am and pm and he is not tolerating the am dose very well as he's experiencing extreme nausea and vomiting. Would appreciate any suggestions for helping manage these symptoms or at least minimizing them. Thank you. ## Hello, Dmp1273! How are you? Has he tried taking it with food? Aricept can be taken with food, it doesn't have to be taken on an empty stomach, so that may help to minimize the nausea. If his doctor approves, he may also be able to take it with milk to help combat the nausea. The FDA lists its typical side effects as possibly including nausea, dizziness...

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Aricept nausea

After taking my second 5mg pill at 8pm, I awoke at 4am with severe vomiting. 0ne to two time per hour for 8 hours. I had to go to an urgent care for medicine to stop the nausea. It's now the day after and I'm sore and uncomfortable. Seems pretty extreme for two pills. I have no problems with any other drugs. I will contact my Doctor tomorrow. Have you heard of any other experiences like mine? ## Hello, Tom! How are you feeling? I'm sorry about what you experienced. Yes, that is extreme. This medication can cause some nausea, as a side effect, but usually not so severely. It may also cause muscle cramps, loss of appetite and insomnia. So far, I've not seen other posts like yours, but I'll not claim to have read all the posts about this medication, since that isn't...

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Possible Dosages for this and Related Drugs:

Donepezil
  • Solution: 1mg/ml, 5mg/5ml
  • Tablet: 10mg, 23mg, 5mg
  • Tablet, Orally Disintegrated: 10mg, 5mg
  • Tablet, Orally Disintegrating: 10mg, 5mg
Note: Above list includes dosages for all drugs with the same combination of active ingredients.

NDC Database Records for Aricept: (12 results)

Sorted by National Drug Code
  • 54868-3952 Aricept 5 mg Oral Tablet by Physicians Total Care, Inc.
  • 54868-4245 Aricept 10 mg Oral Tablet by Physicians Total Care, Inc.
  • 55154-2450 Aricept 5 mg Oral Tablet by Cardinal Health
  • 55154-2452 Aricept 10 mg Oral Tablet by Cardinal Health
  • 55289-151 Aricept 10 mg Oral Tablet by Pd-rx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • 62856-245 Aricept 5 mg Oral Tablet by Eisai Inc.
  • 62856-246 Aricept 10 mg Oral Tablet by Eisai Inc.
  • 62856-247 Aricept 23 mg Oral Tablet by Eisai Inc.
  • 62856-831 Aricept 5 mg Disintegrating Tablet by Eisai Inc.
  • 62856-832 Aricept 10 mg Disintegrating Tablet by Eisai Inc.
  • 63629-3632 Aricept 10 mg Oral Tablet by Bryant Ranch Prepack
  • 69189-0247 Aricept 23 mg Oral Tablet, Film Coated by Avera Mckennan Hospital

Other drugs which contain Donepezil or a similar ingredient: (5 results)

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aricept severe nausea
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Aricept Drug Information
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aricept and vaginal discharge
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Aricept ,lexamil and trazadon ,
Are these safe to take together. Have had sore burning feet,stiff muscles ,high temperatures and terrible headaches. ## ... 1 reply
Aricept 10 mg
Is it OK to take Aricept 10 mg together with Excedrin PM ? ## Hi Mel, My findings state that there are in-fact unsafe in... 1 reply
Is aricept causing stress in the dementia process?
One professional suggested that the use of Aricept may be causing elevated stress for Mom (age 86) as she progresses thr... 1 reply
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