Aricept

(donepezil)

2.9/ 5 average rating with 21 reviewsforAricept
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Treats Alzheimer's disease.

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

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Quick facts about Aricept
  • Drug class: Neurology
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (donepezil)

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.
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People’s experience with Aricept

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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.
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How it works

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.

Quick facts about Aricept
  • Drug class: Neurology
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (donepezil)

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Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
People’s experience with Aricept

21reviews so far. What do you think?

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What to expect when you take Aricept (donepezil) for Alzheimer's disease

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  • Possible side effects
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle cramps
  • Weight loss
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Side effect rates for Aricept (donepezil)

From 1102 clinical trials of Aricept when taken for alzheimer's disease
  • Nausea
    11%11%
    6%6%
  • Headache
    10%10%
    9%9%
  • Diarrhea
    10%10%
    5%5%
  • Pain, various locations
    9%9%
    8%8%
  • Insomnia
    9%9%
    6%6%
  • Dizziness
    8%8%
    6%6%
  • Accident
    7%7%
    6%6%
  • Muscle cramps
    6%6%
    2%2%
  • Fatigue
    5%5%
    3%3%
  • Vomiting
    5%5%
    3%3%
  • Loss of appetite
    4%4%
    2%2%
  • Bruising
    4%4%
    3%3%
  • Weight loss
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Depression
    3%3%
  • Abnormal dreams
    3%3%
  • Fainting
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Arthritis
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Sleepiness
    2%2%
  • Frequent urination
    2%2%
    1%1%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Aricept.

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Risks and Warnings for Aricept (donepezil)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Taking anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)
    • History of ulcer disease
    • Taking high doses of Aricept (donepezil)

    Aricept (donepezil) can cause stomach ulcers, which can also lead to bleeding in the stomach and intestines. Taking medications for inflammation or pain, such as NSAIDs (ibuprofen or naproxen), can make this worse. Talk to your doctor right away 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.

Pharmacist Q&A

Aricept (donepezil) questions for

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This medication treats Alzheimer's disease.

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Common concerns from people taking Aricept (donepezil)

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Price
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Aricepton 11/10/2016Dramatically slowed Alzheimer's progression for 8 years and counting. Too bad insurance will no longer cover it.
    86
    Man
    Alzheimer's disease (mild to moderate)
Food
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Aricepton 2/25/2017Important to start taking it gradually... break 5 mg in half for a week or two, gradually move up to 5, then 7.5 then 10.. I eventually was taking 20mg for a few years and then was changed to Rivastigmine (Exelon) patch, but in my opinion, a tablet is easier to keep track of than the patch that sometimes falls off in the shower, etc. and you only get 30/mo. and some months have 31 days, so even if you don't have any that fall off, you will still be short at the end of the yr.
    71
    Woman
    Two years or more
    Alzheimer's disease (mild to moderate)
Weight
  • Aricept (donepezil) can cause weight loss, especially if you're taking higher doses. If this bothers you, talk to your doctor.