Aricept is a prescription drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat mild, moderate, and severe Alzheimer’s disease. Aricept is sometimes prescribed off-label to treat cognitive symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis (MS). Aricept is also referred to by its drug name, donepezil.
Aricept is a cholinesterase inhibitor. Aricept is believed to work by slowing the breakdown of a neurotransmitter in the brain.
How do I take it?
Aricept should be taken exactly as prescribed.
Aricept comes in tablet and disintegrating tablet forms.
The FDA-approved label for Aricept lists common side effects including diarrhea, nausea, insomnia, vomiting, muscle cramps, trouble sleeping, fatigue, and loss of appetite.
Rare but serious side effects listed for Aricept include seizures, vomiting, gastrointestinal bleeding, weight loss, worsening lung problems, slow heartbeat, and fainting.
For more details about this treatment, visit:
Aricept — Highlights of Prescribing Information
Aricept — RxList
Donepezil – Multiple Sclerosis Trust
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