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Donepezil Classification

donepezil classification

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.

What form(s) does this medication come in?

Each white-to-off-white, round, bevelled-edged, biconvex, film-coated tablet with the inscription "5" on one side and plain on other side contains 5 mg of donepezil hydrochloride. Nonmedicinal ingredients: lactose monohydrate, low substituted hydroxypropyl cellulose, maize starch, microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, polyethylene glycol, titanium dioxide, and talc.

10 mg

Each yellow, round, biconvex, film-coated tablet with the inscription "10" on one side and plain on other side contains 10 mg of donepezil hydrochloride. Nonmedicinal ingredients: lactose monohydrate, low substituted hydroxypropyl cellulose, maize starch, microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, polyethylene glycol, titanium dioxide, talc, and iron oxide yellow.

Why is this medication prescribed?

Donepezil is used to treat dementia (a brain disorder that affects the ability to remember, think clearly, communicate, and perform daily activities and may cause changes in mood and personality) in people who have Alzheimer's disease (AD; a brain disease that slowly destroys the memory and the ability to think, learn, communicate and handle daily activities).

 Donepezil is in a class of medications called cholinesterase inhibitors. It improves mental function (such as memory, attention, the ability to interact with others, speak, think clearly, and perform regular daily activities) by increasing the amount of a certain naturally occurring substance in the brain.

How to use Aricept

Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start taking donepezil and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually once daily just before bedtime. If you experience sleep problems (insomnia), talk to your doctor about switching to a morning dose.

If you are taking the 23-milligram strength tablets, swallow them whole. Do not split, crush, or chew these tablets. Doing so can increase the risk of side effects.

Side effect

  • Rare
  • Black, tarry stools
  • bloating
  • bloody or cloudy urine
  • blurred vision
  • burning, prickling, or tingling sensations
  • cataract
  • chills
  • clumsiness or unsteadiness
  • confusion
  • cough
  • decreased urination
  • difficult or painful urination
  • dryness of mouth
  • eye irritation
  • fever

Precautions

Before taking donepezil, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies.

This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.

 Talk to your pharmacist for more details.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: breathing problems (such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), fainting, seizures, stomach/intestinal disease (such as ulcers, bleeding), trouble urinating (such as enlarged prostate).

This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Alcohol or marijuana can make you more dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely. Limit alcoholic beverages.

Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana.Donepezil may cause a condition that affects the heart rhythm (QT prolongation).

QT prolongation can rarely cause serious (rarely fatal) fast/irregular heartbeat and other symptoms (such as severe dizziness, fainting) that need medical attention right away.

The risk of QT prolongation may be increased if you have certain medical conditions or are taking other drugs that may cause QT prolongation.

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