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Donepezil 5 Mg

donepezil 5 mg

What is donepezil?

Donepezil is a prescription drug. It comes in two oral tablet forms: oral tablet and oral disintegrating tablet (ODT).

Donepezil oral tablet is available as the brand-name drug Aricept. It’s also available as a generic drug. Generic drugs usually cost less than the brand-name version. In some cases, they may not be available in every strength or form as the brand-name drug.

This drug may be used as part of a combination therapy. That means you need to take it with other drugs.


Donepezil is used to treat confusion (dementia) related to Alzheimer's disease. It does not cure Alzheimer's disease, but it may improve memory, awareness, and the ability to function. This medication is an enzyme blocker that works by restoring the balance of natural substances (neurotransmitters) in the brain.

How does this medication work? What will it do for me?

Donepezil belongs to the class of medications called cholinesterase inhibitors. It works to increase the level of the chemical messenger acetylcholine in the brain, which may help relieve the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.

This medication is used for the treatment of symptoms for people with mild-to-severe Alzheimer's disease. Donepezil does not cure Alzheimer's disease. It works in the brain to improve thinking, memory, attention, and the ability to do simple tasks.

What side effects can this medication cause?

  • joint pain, swelling, or stiffness
  • pain
  • excessive tiredness
  • difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • headache
  • dizziness

Some side effects can be serious.

  • fainting
  • slow heartbeat
  • chest pain
  • new or worsening breathing problems
  • new or worsening stomach pain or heartburn
  • black or tarry stools
  • red blood in stools
  • bloody vomit
  • vomit that looks like coffee grounds
  • difficulty urinating or pain when urinating
  • lower back pain
  • fever
  • seizures

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