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Aricept Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Aricept improves the function of nerve cells in the brain. It works by preventing the breakdown of a chemical known as acetylcholine. People with dementia usually have lower levels of this chemical, which is important for the processes of memory, thinking, and reasoning.

Aricept Dosage

  • For adults, the usual starting dose is 5 milligrams once a day at bedtime for at least 4 to 6 weeks.
  • The safety and effectiveness of Aricept have not been established in children.

Uses of Aricept

  • Aricept is used to treat mild to moderate dementia that may be caused by Alzheimer's disease.
  • It may also be used to treats other medical conditions those are listed in this medication guide.

Side Effects of Aricept

Before taken Aricept medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor. If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Aricept. Side effects may include:

  • Abnormal dreams
  • Aarthritis
  • Bruising
  • Depression
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Headache
  • Pain
  • Sleepiness
  • Weight loss

Warnings and precautions before taking Aricept:

  • If you are taking Aricept, then it may also increase the risk of seizures. It can also slow the heartbeat, cause heartbeat irregularities, and may also lead to fainting episodes.
  • Before taking donepezil, you should tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies.
  • Before using this medication, you should tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially if you have breathing problems, heart disease, seizures, stomach/intestinal disease, trouble urinating.
  • After taken this medicine, then you may feel dizzy, or drowsiness. So you should not participate in any activities that require alertness such as driving and operate machinery.
  • Before having surgery, then you should tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Aricept with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Aricept with the following:

  • Antispasmodic drugs such as Bentyl, Cogentin, and Pro-Banthine
  • Bethanechol chloride
  • Carbamazepine
  • Dexamethasone
  • Ketoconazole
  • Phenytoin
  • Quinidine
  • Rifampin

After taken Aricept if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of a Aricept overdose include

  • Collapse
  • Extreme muscle weakness
  • Low blood pressure
  • Nausea
  • Salivation
  • Vomiting

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