Donepezil

What is Donepezil?

Donepezil, marketed under the trade name Aricept, is a centrally acting reversible acetylcholinesterase inhibitor. Donepezil is used to treat confusion (dementia) related to Alzheimer's disease.

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I WAS TOLD BECAUSE THE SYTOMS OF A RUNNING NOSE TO DECREASE MY DONEPEZIL FROM TWO TABLETS 10 MG DAILY TO 1/2 TABLET 5 MG. WHAT'S THE STORY. TWO DIFFERENT DOCTORS PRESCRIBED THIS MEDICATION. PLEASE RESPOND

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Rarely donepezil use is associated with runny nose...

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

I understand your concern.

Donepezil is used in patients with Alzheimer's disease in order to improve the thinking ability.

Rarely, the use of donepezil is associated with persistent runny nose as in your...

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SIDE EFFECTS OF DONEPEZIL , 5MG , IN PARTICULAR DISTURBING DREAMS

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Brief Answer:
Side effects of donepezil as mentioned

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
I have gone through your question and understand your concern.
Donepezil causes dizziness, nausea, vomiting, decreased sleep and sometimes nightmares.
The incidence increases with severity of disease and dose of...

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if a person miss taking donepezil for dementia does it make them act out, today there was an strange problem and the person acted out. I know he missed the dosage, and I think he might have diagnosed late with the problem and I had been noticing it for about 5-7 years ago

doctor1 MD

Hi,
Thank you for posting your question here, I will try to answer it to the best of my abilities.

Yes, if and when the person misses their medication they will start behaving in ways that they normally dont when on the medication. As such please try and make sure the patient doesnt miss their...

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Hello doctor, I am based in Germany and have a query wrt my father in India.
He is 73 years old and has been depressive since a CABG surgery several years ago. While things were stable of later he has been more forgetful for which the doctor in India prescribed donepezil a couple of months back. Since then he has been very hyperactive, aggressive and has short attention span. I heard this from my mother and family members in India.Could this be related to the medication ? Given that I am in Germany, think I should also talk to his doctor and get his views. Could you suggest what else could be done?

doctor1 MD

Hello......
Thanks for your query. I understand your concern with your father's mental health. Donepezil is an acetylcholine esterase enzyme inhibitor routinely prescribed in dementia. However, a frequent side effect we encounter is increase in behavioural abnormalities like agitation and...

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My husband started Donepezil for memory loss . 4 month ago, also takes Tamsulosin started one year ago. for many years he has been taking Zetia,Diovan,Lipitor. he developed lately an itch. we have an humidifier in our house and keep the humidity level on 50 percent. What can be the cause for his itch?? Thank you for listening.

doctor1 MD

HI
Thank for asking to HCM
I can undersatnd your concern, your husband taking too much medicine for not a good reason, the itching may be due to some hypersensitivity reaction may be due to many thing that need to be investigation which is not easy to find out better to start second generation...

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I have been taking ambien for several years and notice for the last several months that my memory is really getting bad.

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Brief Answer:
need to stop ambien, thorough evaluation needed

Detailed Answer:
Dear Ma'am,

Thank you for your query. In most cases, attention and concentration problems mimic as memory impairment, particularly in the elderly. There can be many causes for attention problems, like impaired or poor...

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Is the sleep aid pill Belsomra a problem for persons diagnosed with developing Alzheimers? If yes, is there a safer alternative?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
no problem with Alzheimer's

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

there is no contraindication (or warning) for patients with Alzheimer's dementia. Therefore no problems can be anticipated. Geriatric patients and patients with dementia should generally be watched closely when starting any new...

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another name for Aricept and namenda


doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Links provided

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thanks for your query.

http://www.medindia.net/drug-price/donepezil.htm

The above link provides different brand names for Donepezil present in Aricept.

http://www.medindia.net/drug-price/memantine.htm

The second link provides different names...

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Husband's Doc gave him samples of Namzaric to take which has Donepezil Hcl in it. He is already taking Donepezil Hcl 10 mg. Should he be taking both? Is that to much med?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Can be taken in replacement

Detailed Answer:
Hello.
I am Dr Mittal.
Most likely that doctor has given you samples in addition.
You can take the samples alternate with your regular medicine.
No need to combine them.
Do check the dose on the samples.
Best of luck.
Dr...

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I am taking Donepezil 10 mg every night at the same time . When we change the clocks I change the time i take it to conform to the old time. Is that necesary. I am going to Portugal for a week. To take my meds at the same time I would have to take them at 3am. Is that necessary. Is taking it at the eact time each day critical?
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doctor1 MD

Hello,

Thanks for your query.

Donepezil is a good drug used in Alzheimer's disease. You are taking it daily at night. It helps you to maintain proper cognitive functions. And your body is adjusted with this medicine.

There is no need to fix a time for this drug in cases of travel to different...

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can Levothyroxine, lisinopril,donepezil, meloxicam, tylenol, metoprolol tartrate, Lorazepam and pantoprazole be crushed? My 90 year old grandmother has been having trouble swallowing her meds so I thought I would see about crushing them and putting them in some yogart.

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Is microvascular leukoencephalopathy progressive? My mother had an MRI done in 2007 showing white matter disease, subcortical atrophy and small vessel disease. Over the past 6-7 years she had been falling in the house and I noticed after the falling she had been experiencing some forgetfulness. She has been to a neurologist about 5 years ago and he had given her a mini-mental state test, and sent her for neuropsych testing. She also suffers from renal insufficiency due to hypertension (she is in Stage 3). She was in stage 4 but a nephrologist has her in stage 3 due to the right medications. Her mother had died from uremic poisoning over 50 years ago (no dialysis then). Anyway, the neurologist based on his examinations and testing feels that she is in a mild to moderate stage of alzheimer. Her cardiologist told me that she has microvascular leukoencepahlopaty (she also has hardenining of the arteries). Her primary care physician feels that her dementia is microvascular (AKA vascular due to small vessel disease; she also has diabetes, coronary artery disease, hypertension, hypothyroidism, cholesterol.) She was a smoker, but stopped about 17 years ago. She also has perepheral artery disease. She is on many medications including aricept and namenda. She also experiences parkinson-like tremors. She had a eeg showing a slows of speech language done about 4 years ago. Based on what I have told you is this dementia of a vascular origin, or is it a mixed dementia? She is currently 86 years old and resides in a nursing home. I know I witnessed while she was at home some forgetfulness like leaving a stove on, poor hygiene, moods swings (verbally and hitting). Also, she would have auditory & visual hallucinations (hearing music, talking to imaginary people). I thought at this point she would be better in a facility where she is exposed to people her age and mind stimulation would be more available than staying at home with a home health aide. She had a sister who had passed away last year at 83 years old from alzheimer. Could both sisters have the same thing? I know her sister had hypertension and atrial fib.

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My husband who has Lewy Body dementia was prescribed Anantadine for the first time. He was told to take 1 -100 mg tablet in the am and another at mid-day. He is taking 23 mg of Aricept and some other drugs as well. On Saturday afternoon, he developed a 101.5 fever and was very confused and disoriented and was incontinent. I gave him Two tylenol and his fever went down and he was back to normal in the morning. Again today, he took the same amount of Anantadine and the same thing happened . Could these events be related to the new drug?

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Is there any evidence that donepezil can cause a false negative with hydrocodone?

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I am entering the moderate phase of AZ. I am on 10 mg for 3 month. I feel I should be considering moving to 23 mg of Donepezil . What do you think?

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Are there medications that slow memory loss (over the counter).

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My dad is a 90yr male. he has Hypertension. DM II , Alzheimers dis. and diagnosed and treated for rectal cancer in march of 2010. completed radiation tx. unable to complete chemo due to intolerance of meds. He has had chills for the past year. he has a poor appitite and is losing wt, approx 10ibs in the past months. He recently has had clay colored stools. He is taking 20mg of lisinopril QD, 2mg of immodium QD, 5mg of aricept, and recently started on bicalutamide 50mg for prostate ca. PSA in Jan. 2014 was 1.69. His last lab in nov. of 2013 consisted of CMP, CBC,hemoglobin A1C(7.1) thyroid profile. all other values were normal except for the lymphocyte ct. of 14.4.
He is pale but no jaundice noted. He has increased weakness and sleeps 18-20 hr day. I suspect the cancer has reoccured in his bile duct. What is your opinion?

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