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Is aricept effective in case of dementia?

Hi DOC, my mom is 91 yrs old diagnosed with dementia/alzheimers. She has been taking aricept 5mg daily for 3 yrs. now. 6 months ago she has been fast tereriorating mentally and physically.I would like to ask your opinion if the aricept still has benefit to her Dementia. Sometime she refused to eat or to talk to us anymore.She is very sleepy all day and her speech is very slow not clear. for the past 3 months. Thanks for your help. Mila
Asked On : Fri, 10 Jan 2014
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Aricept contains Donepezil and is used to ease the symptoms of dementia associated with Alzheimer's disease, such as memory loss. Donepezil cannot cure dementia, but it can slow down the progression of the symptoms in some people. It works by increasing the level of a natural chemical called acetylcholine. Feeling sleepy is one of the side effect of aricept.This drug will definitely benefit most of the patients with alzheimers disease.If she is feeling agitated, muscle cramps and hallucinations its better to consult your doctor. Regards
Answered: Sun, 19 Jan 2014
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