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Aricept (Donepezil HCL)

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Aricept (Donepezil Hydrochloride) - 5mg (28 Tablets) Aricept (Donepezil Hydrochloride) - 5mg (28 Tablets)


Aricept (Donepezil Hydrochloride) - 10mg (28 Tablets) Aricept (Donepezil Hydrochloride) - 10mg (28 Tablets)


Active Ingredient

Donepezil Hydrochloride


Pfizer Inc.


New Zealand

Other Names




What is Aricept (Donepezil HCL) used for?

Aricept (Donepezil Hydrochloride) improves the function of nerve cells in the brain. Aricept works by preventing the breakdown of a chemical called acetylcholine (ah see til KO leen). People with dementia usually have lower levels of this chemical, which is important for the processes of memory, thinking, and reasoning. Aricept is used to treat mild to moderate dementia caused by Alzheimer's disease. Aricept (Donepezil) may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

How should I use Aricept (Donepezil HCL)?

Take Aricept (Donepezil Hydrochloride) exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take Aricept in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your physician. Follow the directions on your prescription label. If you need to have any type of surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are taking Aricept. You may need to stop using Aricept for a short time.

Aricept can be taken with or without food or milk. Take the Aricept regular tablets with a full glass of water.

To take Aricept orally disintegrating tablet (Aricept ODT):

  • Keep the tablet in its blister pack until you are ready to take the medicine. Open the package and peel or cut the backing from the tablet blister. Do not push a tablet through the backing or you may damage the tablet.
  • Using dry hands, remove the tablet and place it in your mouth. It will begin to dissolve right away.
  • Do not swallow the tablet whole. Allow it to dissolve in your mouth without chewing.
  • Swallow several times as the tablet dissolves. After the tablet dissolves completely, drink a glass of water.

What are the side effects of Aricept (Donepezil HCL)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction:

  • hives
  • difficulty breathing
  • swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat

Stop using Aricept and call your physician at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • black, bloody, or tarry stools
  • coughing up blood or vomit that looks like blood or coffee grounds
  • painful or difficult urination
  • seizure

Continue taking Aricept and talk to your physician if you have any of these less serious side effects:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • loss of appetite
  • muscle cramps
  • tired feeling
  • insomnia

Please Note

Aricept (Donepezil) can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.

Aricept (Donepezil HCL)
Aricept (Donepezil HCL)