Generic name: Donepezil.

Aricept is a Cholinesterase inhibitor. It works by balancing certain chemicals in the brain. 

Quick Facts About Aricept


Used to treat mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. Does not reverse effects of the disease, but may slow the rate of degeneration.

Aricept Dosage

Take just before bedtime, exactly as prescribed. Do not change the dose or discontinue use without consulting your doctor; abruptly stopping the treatment car cause the condition to worsen.

  • Usual adult dose: 5 or 10 milligrams once per day.
  • Usual child dose: not prescribed for children.
  • Missed dose: take as soon as possible, unless almor. time for next dose. In that case, do not take missec dose; go back to regular schedule. Do not double doses.

Aricept Side Effects

Overdose symptoms:

collapse, convulsions, extreme  muscle weakness, low blood pressure, nausea, salivation, slowed breathing rate, slowed heart rate sweating, vomiting. These symptoms are serious anc potentially life-threatening. If you suspect an overdose immediately seek medical attention.

More common side effects: accidental injury, appetite loss, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, muscle cramps, nausea, pain, sleeplessness, tiredness, vomiting.

Less common Aricept side effects: abnormal dreams, arthritis, depression, fainting, skin bruising, weight loss.


Inform your doctor before combining Aricept with:

any anesthetics used for surgery; anticholinergic drugs prescribed for stomach disorders; aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, and others) and naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox, and others); ketoconazole (Nizoral); quinidine (Quinidex and Quinaglute).

No known food/other substance interactions.

Special Cautions

If pregnant or planning to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately; take during pregnancy only if absolutely necessary. Not known if Aricept appears in breast milk.

No special precautions apply to seniors.

Not prescribed for children.

  • Do not take if there is sensitivity to or allergic reaction to Aricept.
  • Discuss any medical problems of the person you are caring for with the doctor before starting Aricept therapy, especially any history of asthma, heart disorders, liver disease, or stomach ulcers or bleeding.
  • Can cause seizure and difficulty urinating.
  • Notify doctor before any surgery, including dental, that the person is being treated with Aricept.

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