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12 Feb 2013 04:27 AM

Donepezil Aricept treats mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease.

Donepezil sold under the name of Aricept is used to treat different stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Eisai and Pfizer have developed this acetylcholinesterase inhibitor – donepezil Aricept. Till date Alzheimer’s disease cure has not been found but the Donepezil Aricept is surely known to treat the disease. Although, the medicine doesn’t cures disease but it helps improves memory and brain function. Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia described by German psychiatrist Alois Alzheimer and was named after him. This disease is commonly found in elderly people. Its common symptoms involve recalling recent events, irritability, mood swings and aggression which ultimately leads to memory loss. The Alzheimer’s disease affects different people differently. The person suffering from disease lives for maximum 7 years. Donepezil Aricept works by inhibiting enzyme and works by restoring neurotransmitters in brain. Donepezil Aricept is used by many psychiatrist and neurologist in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.
Few clinical trials indicate that Donepezil Aricept is effective in treatment of moderate to severe Alzheimer’s disease. Only single dose of 5 mg is recommended daily initially for the treatment of the disease later on dose is increased to 10 mg daily. The maximum dose recommended to a patient is 23 mg. Patient having asthma, pulmonary disease, cardiac disease should take the dose of Donepezil Aricept with caution. The medication is believed to cause nausea in gastrointestinal disorder. This medicine is known to treat sleep apnea in Alzheimer’s disease. Apart from treating Alzheimer’s disease donepezil Aricept help improves speech in children suffering from autism. Common side effect s associated with the drug are nausea, anorexia, diarrhea and vigorous dreams. This medication should be taken only as per doctor’s prescription. People who are allergic to piperidines should not take the Donepezil Aricept. Sometimes dosage can cause slow heartbeat to patient having heart problem. If patient faints after taking Donepezil Aricept, contact doctor immediately as this can be a severe side effect of the medicine. Inactive ingredient of Donepezil Aricept includes corn starch, cellulose, lactose monohydrate, hydroxypropyl cellulose and magnesium stearate coated with film of talc, hypromellose, titanium oxide and polyethylene glycol. Iron oxide is used as an coloring agent in this medicine. Discuss your medication you are already taking and your health problems plus allergy with the health practitioner before starting the medication. Donepezil Aricept is to be taken in evening with or without food. Taking the dose as per doctor’s advice regularly has prove very effective in the mild to moderate treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. The Donepezil Aricept contradicts with the patient with hypersensitive reactions. NSAIDS, non prescription medicines, herbal products and vitamins dosage may affect the Aricept donepezil. Swallow this medicine directly without crushing and do take it before going to bed and if you experience problem in sleeping then contact doctor. Check that dosage is prescribed as per your medical condition and start with low dosage to reduce the risk of side effects. If you a miss a dose skip the missed dose and take the medicine on the next schedule time. Donepezil Aricept can be stored be at room temperature, away from moisture and children’s reach.
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