What do donepezil tablets do?
DONEPEZIL (Aricept(TM)) helps treat the symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. It is not a cure for Alzheimer’s disease but offers improvement in memory, attention, reason, language, and the ability to perform simple tasks. Benefits are greater for mild to moderate symptoms seen in the early stages of the disease.
What should my health care professional know before I take donepezil?
asthma or other lung disease
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
difficulty passing urine
heart disease, slow heartbeat
low blood pressure
stomach or intestinal disease, ulcers or stomach bleeding
an unusual or allergic reaction to donepezil, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I take this medicine?
Take donepezil tablets by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Swallow the tablets with a drink of water. You may take donepezil with food. Take your doses at regular intervals; donepezil is usually taken before bedtime. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Continue to take your medicine even if you feel better. Do not stop taking except on your prescriber’s advice.
Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose, do not take double or extra doses.
What other medicines can interact with donepezil?
some antidepressants (examples: fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, paroxetine, sertraline)
medications for motion sickness (examples: dimenhydrinate, scopolamine)
medicines for treating HIV infection or AIDS
medicines that relax your muscles for surgery
non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen)
rifampin, rifabutin or rifapentine
St. John’s wort
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
What side effects may I notice from taking donepezil?
changes in vision or balance
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
diarrhea, if it is severe or does not stop
dizziness, fainting spells, or falls
increase in frequency of passing urine, or incontinence
nervousness, agitation, or increased confusion
skin rash or hives
slow heartbeat, or palpitations
unusual bleeding or bruising, red or purple spots on the skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
mild diarrhea, especially when starting treatment
indigestion or heartburn
loss of appetite