Aricept (Donepezil)

Strength(s): 5 mg ; 10mg

Active Ingredient: Donepezil



Aricept is the brand name under which the drug donepezil is distributed and under which you can buy cheaply through Canadian online pharmacies. It’s prescribed to patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease as a palliative measure. This means that, although the drug does not slow down the progression of or cure the disease, it drastically improves the behavior and cognition of sufferers.

As we always stress, it’s of utmost importance that patients understand as much as they can about the medication they choose to undertake and so we’ll look a bit deeper into this drug, how it works, possible side effects, and contraindications.

How it works

How Aricept alleviates the effects of Alzheimer’s is by basically improving nerve cell function within the patient’s brain. This it does by inhibiting or slowing down the hydrolysis (breakdown) of a chemical known as acetylcholine in the brain. Acetylcholine is an important element in the thinking, memory, and reasoning processes, all of which deteriorate in patients suffering from dementia. Patients presenting signs of mild to moderate dementia, the foremost indicators of Alzheimer’s, test lowered levels of this chemical in their brains.


To guarantee that Aricept is safe for you, inform your doctor well beforehand should you have:

• a history of suffering from stomach ulcers

• a kidney or liver disease

• a seizure disorder such as epilepsy

• trouble swallowing

• problems urinating or an enlarged prostate

• any breathing disorder such as asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)

• heart arrhythmia or any heart rhythm-disrupting disorders

While whether Aricept has any effects on unborn or breastfeeding babies is not yet known, it’s recommended that you let your doctor know of the situation.

You should always ensure that your doctor is apprised of any medications you may currently be taking or may intend to begin taking during your course of Aricept as they may have negative, sometimes harmful interactions with the drug.

Prominent in this category are those drugs classed as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as; ibuprofen, aspirin, celecoxib, naproxen, indomethacin, meloxicam, and diclofenac among others.

Some other drugs, both prescription and over-the-counter, as well as certain vitamin supplements and herbal products have been shown to interact with Aricept as well. The rule of thumb is to always make sure your doctor knows what exactly you’re taking at all times.

Side Effects

The more commonly reported side-effects in those taking Aricept are listed below. Note that these presented mostly in patients taking a 23mg dose as opposed to the 10mg or lower doses. The generally dissipated with continued use of the drug.

• Appetite loss

• Muscle pains

• Insomnia or sleeping problems

• Nausea and vomiting

• Diarrhea

• General fatigue or loss of energy

The effects listed above are common and are relatively mild, and thus shouldn’t be cause for too much concern. If, however, a patient should present with one or more of the following more severe, and less common side effects, they should stop taking the medication at once and consult a medical professional.

• Light-headedness, as though about to pass out

• Convulsions (seizures)

• Pain or difficulty while urinating

• Worsening or new breathing difficulties

• A slowed heartbeat

• Severe or continuous vomiting

• Severe stomach pain and heartburn, bloody stools, and coughing up blood and vomitus that resembles coffee grounds, which are all indicative of stomach bleeding.

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