Aricept ODT(Donepezil Hydrochloride ODT)
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Aricept ODT Drug Information
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Aricept ODT Overview
Donepezil is used to treat confusion (dementia) related to Alzheimer's disease. It does not cure Alzheimer's disease, but it may improve memory, awareness, and the ability to function. Aricept ODT is an enzyme blocker that works by restoring the balance of natural substances (neurotransmitters) in the brain.
How to Use Aricept ODT
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. Do not remove the tablet from its pouch until you are ready to take it. Dry your hands before handling the medication. Open the pouch and peel back the foil layer. Do not push the tablet through the foil because it may get damaged. Place the dose on your tongue where it will quickly dissolve. After the tablet dissolves completely, drink a glass of water. Take Aricept ODT with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually just before bedtime. If you experience sleep problems (insomnia), talk to your doctor about switching to a morning dose. Dosage of Aricept ODT is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. To reduce your risk of side effects (such as nausea and diarrhea), your doctor will start Aricept ODT at a low dose and gradually increase your dose over weeks to months. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully. Do not increase your dose or use Aricept ODT more often than prescribed. If you do not take donepezil for 7 or more days in a row, talk with your doctor before starting again. You may need to start at a lower dose. Use Aricept ODT regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day. Do not stop taking it unless your doctor instructs you to do so. It may take several weeks before you get the full benefit of Aricept ODT. Tell your doctor if your condition worsens.
Aricept ODT Precautions
Before taking donepezil, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. Aricept ODT may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using Aricept ODT, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history,breathing problems (such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), fainting, seizures, stomach/intestinal disease (such as ulcers, bleeding), trouble urinating (such as enlarged prostate). Aricept ODT may make you dizzy or drowsy. Alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) 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 (cannabis). 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. Before using donepezil,certain heart problems (heart failure, slow heartbeat, QT prolongation in the EKG), family history of certain heart problems (QT prolongation in the EKG, sudden cardiac death). Low levels of potassium or magnesium in the blood may also increase your risk of QT prolongation. This risk may increase if you use certain drugs (such as diuretics/"water pills") or if you have conditions such as severe sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting. Talk to your doctor about using donepezil safely. Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of Aricept ODT, especially QT prolongation (see above). During pregnancy, Aricept ODT should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is unknown if Aricept ODT passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Aricept ODT Misdose
If you miss a dose of Aricept ODT, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Aricept ODT Interactions
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.aspirin/non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, naproxen). Check all prescription and nonprescription medicine labels carefully since many medications contain pain relievers/fever reducers (NSAIDs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen) that if taken together with donepezil may increase your risk for stomach/intestinal bleeding. Low-dose aspirin, as prescribed by your doctor for specific medical reasons such as heart attack or stroke prevention (usually at dosages of 81-325 milligrams per day), should be continued. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
Aricept ODT Side Effects
What are Aricept ODT side effects?
Side effects are physical, mental or emotional symptoms which occur in addition to or outside of the desired effect of a therapeutic treatment such as an over-the-counter or prescribed drug or medication. Side effects from Aricept ODT may occur at the beginning or at the end of treatment and may also depend on the length of time an individual remains on the treatment. Side effects, also known as adverse effects, are generally more likely to occur when starting treatment. Individuals may also experience side effects from Aricept ODT as a result of an interaction with other medications.
Side Effects of Aricept ODT
The side effects of Aricept ODT may vary in number and intensity for many different reasons. Factors such as age, weight, gender and ethnicity may influence the side effects of Aricept ODT. Also, an individual’s state of general physical health and seriousness of the disease or illness as well as an increase or decrease in dosage may lead to side effects. Further, side effects from Aricept ODT may also occur as a result of an interaction with certain herbal supplements, foods or drinks.
Prescription drug side effects can be serious and may cause patients to stop the treatment. However, when side effects from the use of a prescription drug, such as Aricept ODT, do occur a patient should consult their physician. A physician may prescribe an additional treatment in order to control the symptoms or an adjustment in the dosage may be made. In addition, changes to diet, exercise or other lifestyle activities may help to lessen the side effects of Aricept ODT.
By understanding side effects and the factors which may influence the occurrence of side effects patients are empowered to take an active role in their care. Patients who have specific questions about the side effects of Aricept ODT, or any other medication, should contact their physician. General information about Aricept ODT and the side effects associated with Aricept ODT are described in the following:
Common Aricept ODT Side Effects
Less Frequent Aricept ODT Side Effects
- increased urinary frequency
- weight loss
- headache disorder
Rare or Very Rare Aricept ODT Side Effects
- delusional disorder
- aggressive behavior
- blurred vision
- atrial fibrillation
- heart failure
- gastrointestinal hemorrhage
- seizure disorder
- peripheral edema
- chest pain
- fecal incontinence
- abdominal pain with cramps
- heart block
- neuroleptic malignant syndrome
- Stevens-Johnson syndrome
- toxic epidermal necrolysis
- torsades de pointes
- prolonged QT interval
- DRESS syndrome
- mood changes
- libido changes
- ocular irritation
- vasodilation of blood vessels
- genitourinary tract infections
- drug-induced hot flash
- pruritus of skin
- altered mental status
- urinary incontinence
- abnormal hepatic function tests
Aricept ODT Storage
Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard Aricept ODT when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.
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