donepezil, Aricept, Aricept ODT

GENERIC NAME: donepezil

BRAND NAME: Aricept, Aricept ODT



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:

  • headache,
  • generalized pain,
  • fatigue,
  • dizziness,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • diarrhea,
  • 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
liver toxicity.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/29/2016

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