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Donepezil is used to treat dementia (memory loss and mental changes) associated with mild, moderate, or severe Alzheimer's disease. Donepezil will not cure Alzheimer's disease, and it will not stop the disease from getting worse. However, it can improve thinking ability in some patients.

This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Tablet, Disintegrating
  • Tablet

Why it’s used

Donepezil is used to treat dementia due to mild, moderate, and severe Alzheimer’s disease. This drug isn’t a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but it may help slow down how quickly your symptoms progress. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease will get worse over time, even if you take medications such as donepezil.

How it works

Donepezil belongs to a class of drugs called acetylcholinesterase inhibitors. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.

People with Alzheimer’s disease have low amounts of a chemical in the brain called acetylcholine. Low levels of this chemical can cause dementia, or problems with mental function or doing daily tasks. Donepezil works by preventing the breakdown of acetylcholine. This can help decrease the symptoms of dementia.

Donepezil Prices, Coupons and Patient Assistance Programs

Donepezil is a member of the cholinesterase inhibitors drug class and is commonly used for Alzheimer's Disease, Lewy Body Dementia and Mild Cognitive Impairment.

Brand names for donepezil include Aricept.

Patient Assistance Programs for Donepezil

Patient assistance programs (PAPs) are usually sponsored by pharmaceutical companies and provide free or discounted medicines to low income or uninsured and under-insured people who meet specific guidelines. Eligibility requirements vary for each program.

There are currently no Patient Assistance Programs that we know about for this drug.

Serious side effects

Call your doctor right away if you have serious side effects. Call 911 if your symptoms feel life-threatening or if you think you’re having a medical emergency. Serious side effects and their symptoms can include the following:

  • Slow heart rate and fainting
  • Stomach ulcers and bleeding, symptoms can include:
  • heartburn
  • stomach pain that won’t go away
  • nausea or vomiting
  • blood in your vomit, or dark-colored vomit that looks like coffee grounds
  • bowel movements that look like black tar
  • Worsening of lung problems in people with asthma or other lung diseases
  • Seizures
  • Trouble urinating


Missed dose

If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.


If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. Symptoms of overdose may include severe or persistent nausea/vomiting, excessive sweating, very slow heartbeat, slow or shallow breathing, seizures.

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