Donepezil oral tablet is used to treat dementia due to mild, moderate, and severe Alzheimer’s disease. It is in a class of medications called cholinesterase inhibitors. It improves mental function (such as memory, attention, the ability to interact with others, speak, think clearly, and perform regular daily activities) by increasing the amount of a certain naturally occurring substance in the brain. It may improve the ability to think and remember or slow the loss of these abilities in people who have AD. However, this medication will not cure AD or prevent the loss of mental abilities at some time in the future.
This drug may be used as part of a combination therapy wherein you need to take it with other drugs.
If you forget to take a dose of donepezil, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you do not take it for 1 week or longer, you should call your doctor before starting to take this medication again.
Is it okay to stop taking donepezil anytime?
You should not stop taking this medication without your doctor’s advice. There has been a study that has reported of donepezil causing withdrawal symptoms such as intense hallucinations after sudden discontinuation of treatment. If you have any concern with the medication, consult with your doctor to determine the proper course of action before stopping it.
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