Compare Aricept vs. Exelon

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Aricept (donepezil)

Prescription only

Exelon (Rivastigmine)

Prescription only
Treats Alzheimer's disease.

Aricept (donepezil) works for all stages of Alzheimer's, and most forms of it are available in generic.

3.9/ 7 average rating with 21 reviewsforAricept
Treats dementia.

Exelon (Rivastigmine) works for all stages of dementia caused by Alzheimer's, and the oral version is cheaper than the patch.

Upsides
  • Aricept (donepezil) can be used to treat dementia caused by all stages of Alzheimer's.
  • It can be effective for treating behavioral problems related to dementia.
  • Available as a dissolving pill if you have trouble swallowing.
  • Available as generic.
  • Can be used to treat dementia caused by all stages of Alzheimer's disease.
  • Exelon (Rivastigmine) slows the progression of Alzheimer's, including the person's cognitive function and ability to perform the usual daily living activities.
  • It also improves behavior disorders related to Alzheimer's.
  • Exelon (Rivastigmine) is available as a patch. This form causes fewer stomach problems (like nausea or vomiting).
  • The oral capsules are available as a generic medication.
Downsides
  • Like other drugs for Alzheimer's dementia, it does not cure Alzheimer's, but may help with brain function and doing daily activities.
  • Aricept (donepezil) is not a good choice for people with heart problems or a slow heart rate. It can slow the heart rate down and cause dizziness or fainting.
  • The higher the dose of Aricept (donepezil), the more likely you can experience nausea and vomiting.
  • Like other medications for dementia, it only slows down the progression of the disease, but it doesn't stop or reverse it.
  • You need to take the oral capsules twice a day.
  • The patches are brand name only, so they can be expensive.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Patch
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Reviews
21 
43%
think this treatment is worth it
19%
think this treatment works well
14%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
10possible side effects
  • Nausea
    11%
  • Headache
    10%
  • Diarrhea
    10%
  • Pain, various locations
    9%
  • Insomnia
    9%
  • Dizziness
    8%
  • Accident
    7%
  • Muscle cramps
    6%
  • Fatigue
    5%
  • Vomiting
    5%
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4possible side effects
  • Nausea
    8%
  • Vomiting
    5%
  • Anorexia
    3%
  • Dizziness
    2%
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Risks and warnings
  • Ulcers and bleeding in the stomach

    Taking anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Nausea and vomiting

    Weighing less than 55 kg (110 lbs)

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Weight loss

    Weighing less than 55 kg (110 lbs)

  • Slowed heartbeat

    Problems with the heartbeat

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  • Muscle tremors

    Parkinson's disease

  • Ulcers | Bleeding in the stomach

    Taking anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)

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