Aricept Donepezil Hydrochloride and/or alternatives
Aricept contains donepezil as its active ingredient. It is used to treat dementia caused as a symptom of Alzheimer’s disease. Donepezil is a member of the class of medicines known as cholinesterase inhibitors that prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter responsible for efficient communication in the brain.
Aricept is generically referred to as Donepezil and patients who are asked to buy Aricept should ensure that they are not allergic to the active component or any of the inactive ingredients of this medicine:
- Lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, corn starch, magnesium stearate and corn starch are the constituents in 5mg or 10mg Aricept (Donepezil) tablets.
- Ethyl cellulose, methacrylic acid copolymer (type C), magnesium stearate and hydroxypropyl cellulose make up each 23mg Aricept (Donepezil) tablet.
Indications & Dosage of Aricept
Aricept is indicated in mild, moderate and severe dementia resulting from Alzheimer’s disease. Since it is a prescription drug, patients who buy Aricept should comply with the dosage terms set by the doctor to obtain maximum benefits.
The usual recommended dose in patients with mild to moderate dementia is 5mg or 10mg tablets of Aricept taken once daily.
For patients with severe dementia, one 23mg tablet is generally advised to be taken each day.
Aricept tablets should not be crushed or chewed to ensure even absorption. The medication can be taken with or without food. It is better to take Aricept around bedtime. The drug should be stored at 15-30 degrees Celsius (approx. 60 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit).
Side Effects & Interactions of Aricept
Continuous use of Aricept may result in certain abnormalities in physical and mental conditions. Most of the effects are temporary in nature and only require medical aid if they become persistent. A few such mild side effects of Aricept are :
- Appetite loss, nausea and vomiting
- Headache, muscle cramps and joint pain
There may be instances of serious side effects that call for prompt medical attention. Some of them are listed below :
- Bloody or black stools
- Painful or no urination
- Dark vomit or blood in the vomit
It is of utmost importance that patients report the list of all current medications to their doctors before using Aricept to avoid harmful drug interactions. Some of the drugs that are known to interact majorly with Aricept are carbamazepine, belladonna, rifampin, fungal antibiotics, aspirin, NSAIDs, dexamethasone, atropine and dicyclomine.
Warnings & Precautions of Aricept
Certain health conditions in patients may make Aricept unfit for use. Patients who have any of the following should always consult a doctor before using this drug:
- Heart rhythm disorders
- Seizures or epilepsy
- Urinating trouble, enlarged prostate
- Asthma or a chronic pulmonary disease
- Stomach ulcers
The patient should disclose all past and present medical conditions or disorders to the doctor to minimize health risks and potential side effects of Aricept.
Pregnant and lactating women should never administer Aricept without prior discussion with the doctor as the safety of Aricept in either case has not been adequately established.
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