Aricept; Aricept ODT [DSC]
Accel-Donepezil; ACT-Donepezil; ACT-Donepezil ODT; Apo-Donepezil; Aricept; Aricept RDT; Auro-Donepezil; Bio-Donepezil; JAMP-Donepezil; Mar-Donepezil; Mylan-Donepezil; PMS-Donepezil; RAN-Donepezil; Riva-Donepezil; Sandoz-Donepezil; Sandoz-Donepezil ODT; Septa Donepezil; Teva-Donepezil
- It is used to treat dementia.
- It is used to treat Alzheimer’s disease.
- It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
- If you have an allergy to donepezil or any other part of this drug.
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that you use this drug.
- This drug is not a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Stay under the care of your doctor.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Very bad dizziness or passing out.
- Slow heartbeat.
- A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
- Trouble passing urine.
- Very bad belly pain.
- Throwing up blood or throw up that looks like coffee grounds.
- Black, tarry, or bloody stools.
- Very upset stomach or throwing up.
- Trouble breathing that is new or worse.
- Dark urine.
- Muscle pain or weakness.
- A very bad and sometimes deadly health problem called neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) may happen. Call your doctor right away if you have any fever, muscle cramps or stiffness, dizziness, very bad headache, confusion, change in thinking, fast heartbeat, heartbeat that does not feel normal, or are sweating a lot.
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Not able to sleep.
- Feeling tired or weak.
- Muscle cramps.
- Not hungry.
- Weight loss.
- Take as you have been told, even if you feel well.
- To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
- Take at bedtime.
- Take with or without food.
- Drink lots of noncaffeine liquids unless told to drink less liquid by your doctor.
23 mg tablets:
- Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
- Wash and dry your hands before you take this drug. Do not touch the tablet with wet or damp hands.
- Place on the tongue and let melt.
- Do not swallow it whole.
- Do not remove the tablet from the tablet pack until you are ready to take this drug. Take the tablet right away after opening the blister pack. Do not store the removed tablet for future use.
- Drink a glass of water after the tablet has melted.
- Skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
- If you miss 7 days of this drug, call your doctor to find out what to do.
- Store at room temperature.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
If you have any questions or concerns, talk with a member of your healthcare team. You can reach them Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at ____________________. After 5:00 pm, during the weekend, and on holidays, please call____________________. If there’s no number listed, or you’re not sure, call 212-639-2000.