GENERIC NAME: donepezil
BRAND NAME: Aricept, Aricept ODT
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
USES: Donepezil is used for the treatment of mild, moderate, or
severe dementia associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects associated with donepezil are:
- generalized pain,
- loss of appetite,
- weight loss,
- muscle cramping,
- joint pain,
- insomnia, and
- increased frequency of urination.
Other important side effects include:
MORE SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS: Tacrine (Cognex), another anticholinesterase medication used in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, is
associated with liver toxicity. Donepezil does not appear to be associated with
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/29/2016
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