Chemical Name: DONEPEZIL (doh-NEP-eh-zil)
Donepezil is a reversible acetylcholinesterase inhibitor used to treat loss of memory and thinking ability associated with Alzheimer's disease.
Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with Donepezil.
INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. Additional monitoring of your dose or condition may be needed if you are taking anticholinergics (such as atropine, scopolamine, benztropine, or diphenhydramine), succinylcholine, neostigmine, bethanechol, or medicines that increase the metabolism of other medicines (such as phenytoin, carbamazepine, dexamethasone, rifampin, or phenobarbital). Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions including seizures, liver disease, heart problems, stomach or intestinal problems (such as ulcers), asthma, lung disease (such as obstructive pulmonary disease), trouble urinating, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about taking Donepezil.
Follow the directions for using Donepezil provided by your doctor. AllowDonepezil to dissolve on the tongue and follow with water. Donepezil may be taken on an empty stomach or with food.
STORE Donepezil at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C), in a tightly-closed container, away from heat and light. Take Donepezil regularly to receive the most benefit from it.
TAKE Donepezil in the evening, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF Donepezil and you are taking 1 dose daily at bedtime, skip the missed dose. DO NOT take the dose in the morning or take 2 doses at once.
DO NOT TAKE Donepezil if you have had an allergic reaction to it or are allergic to any ingredient in this product or to any piperidine derivative (such as glutethimide).
DO NOT STOP TAKING Donepezil without first checking with your doctor. Keep all doctor and laboratory appointments while you are taking Donepezil.
BEFORE YOU HAVE ANY MEDICAL OR DENTAL TREATMENTS, EMERGENCY CARE, OR SURGERY, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking Donepezil. Donepezil MAY CAUSE drowsiness or dizziness.
DO NOT drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to Donepezil.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
FOR WOMEN: If you plan on becoming pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Donepezil during pregnancy. It is unknown if Donepezil is excreted in breast milk. DO NOT breast-feed while taking Donepezil.
Possible side effects
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking Donepezil include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite, drowsiness, weight loss, muscle or joint pain, sleeplessness, or unusual dreams. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor.
CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience headache, dizziness or fainting, vision problems, chest pain, joint pain, depression, unusual dreams, new mental changes, rash, stomach pain, frequent urination, unsteadiness.
CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience slow or irregular heartbeat, slurred speech, seizures, or black stools. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
If you take too much
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include severe nausea, vomiting, sweating, slow pulse, dizziness, lightheadedness, slow breathing, and seizures.
DO NOT SHARE Donepezil with others for whom Donepezil was not prescribed.
DO NOT USE Donepezil for other health conditions.
KEEP Donepezil out of the reach of children.
IF USING Donepezil FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, obtain refills before your supply runs out.