Aricept , also generically called as donepezil, is a cholinesterase inhibitor used to treat mild to moderate memory and thinking problems in people with Alzheimers disease .
It works by blocking cholinesterase and increasing the brains supply of acetylcholine to improve memory.
Aricept comes as a tablet taken by mouth once per day before bedtime with or without food. Patients are normally prescribed low doses of Aricept in the beginning of treatment. Dosages gradually increase over a period of a few weeks until the optimal dose is determined. The medicine takes four to six weeks to show noticeable effects.
The most common side effects of Aricept include trouble sleeping, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, muscle cramps, weight loss and fatigue.
Aricept may also be prescribed for other medical problems, as suggested by your doctor