DONEPEZIL — Description

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    MJ
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    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.

    #663

    brad
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    Is it okay to stop taking donepezil anytime?

    #664

    MJ
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    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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    luisedwards112
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    Can the 10mg tablet be cut in half if causes more side effects?

    #953

    MJ
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    It depends on the type of tablet you have. It they are scored and are not extended release tablets (XL or XR or ER), then you may cut them in halves.
    Also, tablets that are sustained release (SR) and controlled release (CR) cannot be split too.

    Extended-release tablets may be sustained-release (SR) wherein the release of the medication to your bloodstream is maintained over a sustained period; or it may be controlled-release to maintain drug release at a constant rate over a period of time.

    Therefore, splitting these types of tablets will most likely cause strong side effects since too much of the active ingredient is immediately dumped into your system.

    #954

    richardrodriguez
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    Can this drug cause nightmares? I have a 82-year old father-in-law who had just started taking Donepezil. He had just taken it for the past four nights and three out of the four nights, he had nightmares. Is this just a side-effect? How long will this nightmares last?

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    hansenberry
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    It seems that it is not listed as a side effect but this doesn’t mean that it is not a side effect. Since every person reacts differently to a drug, the nightmare could still be the drugs side-effect to your father-in-laws. But because this is not common, I suggest you talk to his doctor so he will be informed about it.

    #957

    MJ
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    hansenberry is right. In my readings, nightmare is one of the less common side-effects of this medication. Though I do know someone who had sleep problems when prescribed with this but the dose was decreased gradually until she got to the point that the side-effect went away. Of course, you need to talk with your father-in-law’s doctor so he/she could assist him to get to the right dose without sacrificing the benefits from the medication.

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