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Aricept Medication

Aricept Side Effects and Special Warnings

Aricept Dosages

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Aricept Medication: Is this really a memory drug? 


Brand name: Aricept

Generic name: Donepezil hydrochloride 

Aricept medication: Why is this drug prescribed? 

Aricept medication is one of only two drugs that have been found to provide some relief from symptoms of early Alzheimer's disease. Aricept medication does not stop the progress of the underlying disease but may improve brain function in some sufferers of early Alzheimer's disease.  Alzheimer's disease causes physical changes in the brain that interfere with the flow of information and disrupts memory, thinking and results in behavioral changes.  These changes seem to be temporarily improved with the use of Aricept medication. 

Aricept medication: Important information to know 

In order to gain the benefits and maintain any improvement, Aricept must be taken on a regular basis.  If it is stopped or taken irregularly, its benefits may be reduced or lost.  You must also have some patience when starting this medication as it may take up to three weeks for any positive effects. 

When should the Aricept medication not be prescribed? 

Most geriatric doctors believe that there are least two main reasons to avoid Aricept: if you have an allergic reaction to the medication, or an allergic reaction to the group of antihistamines that includes Claritin, Allegra, Atarax, Periactin, Optimine, Nolahist and Hismanal. 

Aricept medication: What if you're pregnant or breast-feeding? 

Since Aricept medication has not been prescribed for women of childbearing age it has not been tested among women who are pregnant or breast-feeding.  Also, it has not been studied whether Aricept medication appears in breast milk and is therefore a threat to a feeding infant.


Aricept Pictures by Permission of Drugs.Com (Additional Pictures and Dosages)

Information Adapted from The PDR Family Guide to Prescription Drugs


Additional Information and webpage by Paul Susic MA Licensed Psychologist Ph.D. Candidate                                      

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