Compare Aricept vs. Namenda

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Aricept (donepezil)

Prescription only

Namenda (memantine)

Prescription only
Treats Alzheimer's disease.

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

2.9/ 5 average rating with 21 reviewsforAricept
Slows progression of Alzheimer's disease.

Namenda (memantine) can slow the progression of symptoms in moderate and severe Alzheimer's disease, but cannot cure it.

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.
  • Available in different formulations for easy administration.
  • Available in a cheap, generic version.
  • Compared to alternatives that treat Alzheimer's disease, Namenda (memantine) has less side-effects.
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.
  • Namenda (memantine) doesn't stop or reverse the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.
  • Doesn't work as well in early stages of Alzheimer's.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Extended release
Price
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Reviews
21 reviews so far
43%
saidit'sworth it
19%
saiditworked well
14%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
19possible 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%
  • Loss of appetite
    4%
  • Bruising
    4%
  • Weight loss
    3%
  • Depression
    3%
  • Abnormal dreams
    3%
  • Fainting
    2%
  • Arthritis
    2%
  • Sleepiness
    2%
  • Frequent urination
    2%
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13possible side effects
  • Dizziness
    7%
  • Headache
    6%
  • Confusion
    6%
  • Constipation
    5%
  • High blood pressure
    4%
  • Coughing
    4%
  • Pain
    3%
  • Vomiting
    3%
  • Back pain
    3%
  • Sleepiness
    3%
  • Hallucination
    3%
  • Fatigue
    2%
  • Difficulty breathing
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Ulcers and bleeding in the stomach
    • Taking anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)
    • History of ulcer disease
    • Taking high doses of Aricept (donepezil)
  • Nausea and vomiting
    • Weighing less than 55 kg (110 lbs)
    • Taking high doses of Aricept (donepezil)
  • Weight loss
    • Weighing less than 55 kg (110 lbs)
  • Slowed heartbeat
    • Problems with the heartbeat
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  • Higher risk of side effects from Namenda (memantine)
    • Taking certain medicines
    • Kidney problems
    • Those with severe urinary tract infections
  • Seizures
    • History of seizures
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