Aricept (Donepezil) Product Information
Aricept is a prescription medication to treat symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. This medication improves the function of the nerve cells in the brain, and prevents the breakdown of acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is a chemical in your body that is related to thinking, memory and reasoning.
Donepezil is the generic name for Aricept, both of which we carry in a 5mg or 10mg dose. The brand option shipped from the UK is manufactured by a company called Eisai, and the Canadian option is produced by Pfizer. The Generic options are manufactured by different companies than the brand. Shipping to the US from Canada or the United Kingdom, takes approximately 7-10 business days in transit once the order has been shipped. The cost for brand Aricept 5mg starts $50 USD for 28 tablets, while the price for 10mg is $125 USD for 100 tablets.
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What is Aricept used for?
Aricept , or generic Donepezil is designed to improve how your brain’s nerve cells work. It stops a chemical called Acetylcholine from being broken down. As this chemical is present in lower levels in patients who have dementia related Alzheimer's, their ability to think and reason is affected. Aricept is therefore administered to improve mild, moderate or severe symptoms. Unfortunately, it is not a cure for Alzheimer’s, and the disease will be present even as you take Donepezil.
If you suffer with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease, the normal dose is usually 5mg once per day, before you go to bed. Your maintenance dosage will be 10mg taken orally once per day, however, you should be on the initial dose of 5mg for four to six weeks.
If dealing with moderate to severe Alzheimer’s disease, you will require larger starting and maintenance doses. You may be taking 10mg once per day for three months or longer, and then start taking up to 23mg once per day as your maintenance dosage. Even though the above-mentioned dosages are the standard ones, it is important to follow your doctor’s instructions . You should not chew, crush or break your tablets; swallow it whole. You can safely take Aricept with or without food.
When taking Aricept expect some side effects but the most prevalent ones are usually mild and not a cause for concern and include the following:
- Muscle ache
- Lack of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
If using Aricept gives you severe side effects like convulsions, breathing issues, severe stomach ache and heartburn, or slower heart beats among others, call your doctor right away.
Your physician should be informed of a few things to help them determine if this is a suitable medication for you, so let them know if you have:
- Heart rhythm disease
- Stomach ulcers problem
- Enlarged prostate gland or urination difficulties
- Kidney or liver disease
- Seizure disorder
- Asthma or COPD.
- Swallowing difficulty
The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.