Compare Aricept vs. Razadyne

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Aricept
(Donepezil)

Razadyne
(Galantamine)

Treats dementia. Aricept (Donepezil) works for all stages of dementia caused by Alzheimer's, but it can be expensive.Coming soon.
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Side effects
AriceptRazadyne
  • Nausea 13%
  • Diarrhea 10%
  • Sleep difficulty 8%
  • Muscle cramps 6%
  • Vomiting 5%
  • Fatigue 5%
  • Loss of appetite 5%
  • Dizziness 2%
  • Weight decrease 2%
  • Accident 1%
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How it works
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Aricept (Donepezil) is an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor. Researchers don't know exactly how it helps treat Alzheimer's disease, but it prevents acetylcholine, a chemical in the brain, from being broken down too quickly. Acetylcholine is important in transmitting signals through nerves, a process that breaks down in Alzheimer's.Coming soon.
Type of medication
AriceptRazadyne
Anti-Alzheimer's
Cholinesterase inhibitor
Prescription only
Coming soon.
Available as
AriceptRazadyne
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
Used for (click to learn more)
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  • Alzheimer's disease - Dementia (Mild to Moderate)
Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • Taking anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)
      Detailed Aricept (Donepezil) risks & warnings »
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      Pregnancy category
      AriceptRazadyne
      CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

      See the FDA package insert
      CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

      See the FDA package insert
      Alcohol
      No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
      Food
      • Take Aricept (Donepezil) in the evening or before going to bed. Can be taken with or without food.
      • People on Aricept (Donepezil) have reported stomach ulcers which can also lead to bleeding in the stomach and intestines. Taking medications for inflammation, such as NSAIDs (ibuprofen or naproxen), can make this worse. Talk to your doctor if you vomit blood or material that looks like coffee grounds, or if your stool has blood or looks black and tarry. You can help prevent this by having some food or milk in your stomach when you take the medication.
      No specific food-related info.
      Kidneys and liver
      No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
      Sex
      No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
      Sleep
      No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
      Weight
      • People on Aricept (Donepezil) have reported weight loss. This is common. If this bothers you, talk to your doctor.
      No specific weight-related info.
      Upsides and benefits
      AriceptRazadyne
      • 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 in three different forms: immediate release solution, a tablet, and an orally disintegrating tablet.
      Coming soon.
      Downsides and risks
      AriceptRazadyne
      • Only available as a brand name medication, so it can be expensive.
      • Like other medications for dementia, it only slows down the progression of the disease; it doesn't stop or reverse it.
      • 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.
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      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      AriceptRazadyne
      • Take Aricept (Donepezil) in the evening or before going to bed. Can be taken with or without food.
      • Can cause increased stomach acid (and possibly heartburn), especially if you're also taking anti-inflammatory medications like NSAIDs.
      • Can cause nausea, diarrhea, and stomach cramps.
      • If you're taking the orally disintegrating tablet (ODT), place it on your tongue and let it dissolve, then drink a full cup of water.
      • The oral tablet shouldn’t be split, crushed, or chewed.
      • If you've missed seven doses in a row, you'll need to call your doctor about restarting the medication properly again.
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