Aricept is used to treat dementia or confusion related to a serious condition known as Alzheimer’s disease. This medicine doesn’t cure it, but it works by improving people’s awareness, memory and their overall ability to function. Basically, it belongs to enzyme blockers, and it works by restoring the right balance of neurotransmitters in the human brain.
How to Use Aricept Correctly
Patients need to take this medication orally, either with or without food, and most of them are prescribe to do it only once a day, preferably before their bedtime.
When users experience any sleeping problems or insomnia, they need to switch to morning doses. Their regular dosage is always based on individual response and medical condition. To decrease possible risks of having unwanted side effects, doctors usually advise people to start this treatment with lower doses that can be gradually increased over a few weeks. Aricept should be taken regularly, and it may take up to a few weeks to notice its benefits.
Mild and Serious Side Effects
There are certain side effects that may be caused by this medication, including:
Vomiting and nausea;
Dizziness and diarrhea;
Sudden weight loss and loss of appetite;
Unusual weakness and drowsiness;
Tremor and difficulty sleeping;
Muscle cramps and allergic reactions.
The good news is that most of them stop as the human body adjusts to the active ingredients of Aricept, so they last only about a few weeks. However, if any of these symptoms worsen, you need to notify doctors. Most patients who are prescribed with this treatment don’t feel any discomfort while taking Aricept. It’s necessary to get medical help once you experience the following serious side effects that are very rare:
Fainting and black stools;
Irregular and slow heartbeats;
Difficulty urinating and seizures;
Severe stomach pain and vomiting like coffee grounds.
Basic Aricept Contraindications
Before you start taking this medicine, visit your doctor to discuss possible risks, especially if you have any allergy and such medical conditions as breathing problems, heart diseases, fainting, seizures, intestinal and stomach conditions, difficulty urinating, etc. The intake of Aricept may make you dizzy or drowsy, so you should avoid driving or doing other things that require full attention. Don’t drink alcohol when taking this medicine.
In addition, there are some medications that shouldn’t be combined with Aricept, because this combination may lead to drug interactions and serious problems. Some of the most common pharmaceutical products that may potentially interact with it include NSAIDs, aspirin and others. That’s why all patients need to make a full list of other medications, pills and supplements they’re taking and show it to their doctors to avoid increased side effects and reduced effectiveness. Talk about possible risks with your physician before starting this treatment.