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Aricept

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Aricept is prescribed to treat mild to moderate dementia caused by Alzheimer's disease.
Aricept is prescribed to treat dementia (a brain disorder that affects the ability to remember, think clearly, communicate, and perform daily activities and may cause changes in mood and personality) associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD a brain disease that slowly destroys the memory and the ability to think, learn, communicate and handle daily activities).
Aricept will not cure AD or prevent the loss of mental abilities at some time in the future.
Aricept may improve the ability to think and remember or slow the loss of these abilities in people who have AD.
Aricept is in a class of drugs called cholinesterase inhibitors.
Aricept improves mental function (such as memory, attention, social interaction, reasoning and language abilities, and ability to perform activities of daily living) by increasing the amount of a certain naturally occurring substance in the brain.

Contraindications

Aricept is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- Asthma or other lung disease;
- Difficulty passing urine;
- Head injury;
- Heart disease, slow heartbeat;
- Liver disease;
- Parkinson's disease;
- Seizures (convulsions);
- Stomach or intestinal disease, ulcers or stomach bleeding;
- An unusual or allergic reaction to Aricept, other drugs, foods, dyes, or preservatives;
- Pregnant or trying to get pregnant;
- Breast-feeding;
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to Aricept or any other medications;
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist what script and nonscript medications vitamins nutritional supplements and herbal products you are taking or plan to take Be sure to mention any of the following: antihistamines aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Advil Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve Naprosyn) bethanechol (Duvoid Urabeth Urecholine) carbamazepine (Tegretol) dexamethasone (Decadron Dexone) ipratropium (Atrovent) ketoconazol;
- Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had gastrointestinal (GI) bleedingan ulcerasthma or obstructive pulmonary disease (chronic bronchitis or emphysema) or heartdisease;
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant plan to become pregnant or are breast-feeding If you become pregnant while taking Aricept call your doctor;

Interactions

Do not take Aricept with any of the following drugs:
- Atropine;
- Benztropine;
- Bethanechol;
- Carbamazepine;
- Dexamethasone;
- Dicyclomine;
- Glycopyrrolate;
- Hyoscyamine;
- Ipratropium;
- Itraconazole or ketoconazole;
- Drugs for motion sickness;
- NSAIDs, drugs for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen;
- Other drugs for Alzheimer's disease;
- Oxybutynin;
- Phenobarbital;
- Phenytoin;
- Quinidine;
- Rifampin, rifabutin or rifapentine;
- Trihexyphenidyl;

Side Effects

Aricept side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue;
- Changes in vision;
- Feeling faint or lightheaded, falls;
- Problems with balance;
- Slow heartbeat, or palpitations;
- Stomach pain;
- Unusual bleeding or bruising, red or purple spots on the skin;
- Vomiting;
- Weight loss;
- Diarrhea, especially when starting treatment;
- Headache;
- Indigestion or heartburn;
- Loss of appetite;
- Muscle cramps;
- Nausea;
- Nausea;
- Vomiting;
- Diarrhea;
- Loss of appetite;
- Weight loss;
- Frequent urination;
- Muscle cramps;
- Joint pain swelling or stiffness;
- Pain;
- Excessive tiredness;
- Drowsiness;
- Headache;
- Dizziness;
- Nervousness;
- Depression;
- Confusion;
- Changes in behavior;
- Abnormal dreams;
- Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep;
- Discoloration or bruising of the skin;

Overdose

Reported Aricept overdose symptoms are:
- Nausea;
- Vomiting;
- Drooling;
- Sweating;
- Slow heartbeat;
- Difficulty breathing;
- Muscle weakness;
- Fainting;

Dosage

For ADULTS

The usual starting dose is 5 mg once a day at bedtime for at least 4 to 6 weeks. Do not increase the dose during this period unless directed. The doctor may then change the dosage to 10 mg once a day if response to the drug warrants it.

For CHILDREN

The safety and effectiveness of Aricept, Donecept, Donepezil have not been established in children.
(c) 2017