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What Is Donepezil Used For

What Is Donepezil Used For

Descriptions

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.

Proper Use

Take this medicine exactly as directed by your doctor in order to improve your condition as much as possible. Do not take more of it or less of it, and do not take it more or less often than your doctor ordered.

Donepezil should be taken at bedtime unless otherwise directed by your doctor. It may be taken with or without food, on a full or empty stomach.

Swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush, break, or chew it.

For patients using the oral disintegrating tablet form of this medicine:

  • Make sure your hands are dry.
  • Do not push the tablet through the foil backing of the package. Instead, gently peel back the foil backing and remove the tablet.
  • Immediately place the tablet on top of the tongue.
  • Do not swallow the tablet whole. The tablet will dissolve in seconds, and you may swallow it with your saliva. You should drink a glass of water after the tablet has dissolved.

For patients taking the oral solution form of this medicine:

  • Shake the bottle well before measuring the dose.
  • Use a specially marked measuring spoon, a plastic syringe, or a small marked measuring cup to measure each dose accurately. The average household teaspoon may not hold the right amount of liquid.
  • If your dose is 5 mg, you should take 5 mL of this medicine.
  • If your dose is 10 mg, you should take 10 mL of this medicine.

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

Precautions

It is important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits. This is necessary to allow dose adjustments and to reduce any unwanted effects.

Some people who have used this medicine developed problems such as nausea, severe vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea, and weight loss. Talk with your doctor before using this medicine if you have any concerns.

Tell you doctor right away if you have bloody or black tarry stools, constipation, severe stomach pain, or vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds. These may be symptoms of stomach or bowel bleeding.

Do not take other medicines unless they have been discussed with your doctor. This includes prescription or nonprescription.

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