What is Aricept and its side effects?
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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