Donepezil is commonly used for dementia in Alzheimer's disease. It can help to slow down the progression of memory loss and stabilize memory function for a period of time. However, it does not reverse the disease nor provide a cure for dementia.
It may be given to you for other reasons. Do check with your doctor what you are taking this for.
Potential side effects
All medications may cause side effects. However, many people do not experience them.
Most of the side effects listed here will improve with time. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist if they persist, become bothersome or worsen.
Do not drive or operate any machinery.
Discuss with your doctor if you can take your medication at a different time of the day.
Avoid daytime naps. Limit caffeine intake. Keep a regular sleeping schedule. Instead of looking at electronic screens before bedtime, choose other relaxing activities such as reading a book or listening to calm music.
Serious side effects
Seek medical help as soon as possible if you have any of the following signs or symptoms.
Take note that the side effects listed here are not exhaustive. Do seek medical attention if you have other symptoms that you think may be related to the medication.
What do I need to tell my doctor before I take this medication?
This medicine may interact with a number of medicines. Inform your doctor if you are taking other medicines or supplements.
Take the medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the instructions on the medication label or as advised by the pharmacist.
Take Donepezil after food to minimize stomach discomfort.
If you are taking the orodispersible tablets:
This medication may not have an effect immediately. It may take up to a few weeks before the medication can exert its full effects. Continue taking it regularly to benefit from it even if you feel well.
Check with your doctor on the duration of treatment that is suitable for you.
Do not stop taking the medication abruptly or change the dose without consulting your doctor.
Avoid taking alcohol while you are on this medication.
If you take more of this medicine then prescribed by your doctor, please consult your doctor immediately
Throw away any unused or expired medicines. Inform your medical professional with respect to how to safely dispose of any excess medicines/expired medicines.
What are the things I need to know or look out for while on this medication?