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It is used to treat mild to moderate dementia caused by Alzheimer's disease.
               



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What is this medicine?

DONEPEZIL (doe NEP e zil) is used to treat mild to moderate dementia caused by Alzheimer's disease.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • asthma or other lung disease
  • difficulty passing urine
  • head injury
  • heart disease, slow heartbeat
  • liver disease
  • Parkinson's disease
  • seizures (convulsions)
  • stomach or intestinal disease, ulcers or stomach bleeding
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to donepezil, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You may take this medicine with or without food. Take this medicine at regular intervals. This medicine is usually taken before bedtime. Do not take it more often than directed. Continue to take your medicine even if you feel better. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.

If you are taking the 23 mg donepezil tablet, swallow it whole; do not cut, crush, or chew it.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose, do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • atropine
  • benztropine
  • bethanechol
  • carbamazepine
  • dexamethasone
  • dicyclomine
  • glycopyrrolate
  • hyoscyamine
  • ipratropium
  • itraconazole or ketoconazole
  • medicines for motion sickness
  • NSAIDs, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
  • other medicines for Alzheimer's disease
  • oxybutynin
  • phenobarbital
  • phenytoin
  • quinidine
  • rifampin, rifabutin or rifapentine
  • trihexyphenidyl

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Check with your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not get better or if they get worse.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this drug affects you.

               
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