Aricept 10 – What You Should Know
How Alzheimer’s affects the brain.
In the brain of someone with Alzheimer’s, there is less of the acetylcholine chemical as well. Doctors believe this is one of the factors that cause Alzheimer’s symptoms like a decline in cognition and a decreased ability to perform daily activities.
ARICEPT is thought to help Alzheimer’s patients by increasing the amount of acetylcholine.
ARICEPT (donepezil HCl) increases acetylcholine by slowing the effect of acetylcholinesterase.
How is ARICEPT taken?
ARICEPT (donepezil HCl) is a small, once-daily tablet taken in the evening before bedtime. It can be taken with or without food. Before starting on ARICEPT 23 mg/day, patients should be on ARICEPT 10 mg/day for at least 3 months. The starting dose of ARICEPT is 5 mg/day and can be increased to 10 mg/day after 4–6 weeks. Please take ARICEPT as prescribed by the doctor.
In a study, more side effects were seen with ARICEPT 23 mg than with ARICEPT 10 mg. Many more people taking ARICEPT 23 mg experienced nausea and vomiting than those taking ARICEPT 10 mg. These side effects may get better after the patient takes ARICEPT for a while. Other side effects that were seen more often with ARICEPT 23 mg were stomach ulcers, gastrointestinal bleeding, and weight loss. People of lower weight (less than 121 lbs) may have increased nausea, vomiting, and weight loss when taking ARICEPT 23 mg.