Aricept

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What is Aricept and its side effects?

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Aricept® (donepezil) is a cholinesterase inhibitor prescribed to help improve memory in people with Alzheimer's disease. The side effects most commonly associated with Aricept® are nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, trouble sleeping and fatigue as well as muscle cramps. Gradually increase the dosage over a period of several weeks to reduce the risk of side effects. Patients taking Aricept® also run the risk of worsening existing disorders like abnormal heart rhythms, breathing problems, stomach ulcers and seizures. Aricept® should be used with careful monitoring from a physician if you have a history of any of these problems.

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