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Aricept contains donepezil and is used to treat symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's is a progressive brain disorder that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. Aricept works by increasing levels of a chemical called acetylcholine in the brain, which can help improve cognitive function and slow the progression of the disease.
Aricept is available in 5 mg and 10 mg dosage strengths at Canada Pharmacy Depot in both generic and brand-name options. Aricept is typically taken once a day, usually at bedtime. It may take several weeks to see the full benefits of the medication.
The most common side effects of Aricept include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and muscle cramps. These side effects are usually mild and may go away over time as the body adjusts to the medication. Some patients may also experience sleep disturbances, such as insomnia or vivid dreams. While these side effects can be bothersome, they are generally not severe and do not require medical attention unless they become persistent or interfere with daily activities.
However, some patients may experience more severe side effects with Aricept. These can include a slowed heart rate, fainting, seizures, or difficulty urinating. In rare cases, Aricept may cause an allergic reaction, which can result in swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat, difficulty breathing, or hives. Patients should seek immediate medical attention if they experience any of these symptoms. It's important for patients to discuss potential side effects with their doctor before starting Aricept and to report any unusual symptoms or changes in health while taking the medication.
The recommended starting dose of Aricept (donepezil) for most people is 5 milligrams taken once a day at bedtime. After at least 4-6 weeks, the dose may be increased to 10 milligrams once a day if tolerated. However, the specific dosage of Aricept may vary depending on factors such as the individual's age, overall health, and the presence of any other medical conditions. It is important to follow the dosage instructions provided by a healthcare professional.
There are several drugs that can interact with Aricept (donepezil). Some of the most common drug interactions include:
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) - such as ibuprofen and naproxen - may increase the risk of stomach bleeding or ulcers when taken with Aricept.
Anticholinergic drugs - such as atropine, benztropine, and diphenhydramine - may counteract the effects of Aricept.
Cholinergic agonists - such as bethanechol - may increase the risk of side effects when taken with Aricept.
Drugs that affect liver enzymes - such as ketoconazole and rifampin - may affect the way the body processes Aricept. 
It is important to inform your doctor of all medications you are taking, including over-the-counter drugs, supplements, and herbal products, before starting Aricept. Your doctor can help you determine if there are any potential interactions between your medications.
What is Aricept used for?
Aricept (donepezil) is used to treat symptoms of dementia in patients with Alzheimer's disease. It helps to improve memory, awareness, and the ability to perform daily activities.
How should I take Aricept?
Aricept should be taken exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. The recommended starting dose is 5 milligrams once a day at bedtime. After at least 4-6 weeks, the dose may be increased to 10 milligrams once a day if tolerated. Aricept should be taken with a full glass of water and can be taken with or without food.
What are the side effects of Aricept?
The most common side effects of Aricept include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, muscle cramps, and insomnia. Other less common side effects may include dizziness, headache, and abnormal dreams. If you experience any concerning side effects while taking Aricept, you should contact your healthcare provider.
How long does it take for Aricept to work?
Aricept may take several weeks to start working and may not work for everyone. Some patients may experience improvement in symptoms within a few weeks, while others may not notice improvement for several months. It is important to continue taking Aricept as prescribed, even if you do not see immediate improvement in symptoms.
Can Aricept be taken with other medications?
Aricept may interact with certain medications, so it is important to inform your healthcare provider of all medications, supplements, and herbal products you are taking before starting Aricept. Your healthcare provider can help determine if there are any potential interactions and adjust your medication regimen accordingly.
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