Donepezil - Drug Information

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General Information on Donepezil

Generic Name : Donepezil

Pronunciation : doe nep e zil

Latest prescription information about Donepezil. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y51.8 | Therapeutic Classification : Anti- Alzheimer's Agents

Why is Donepezil Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a cholinesterase inhibitor, prescribed for dementia of Alzheimer's disease.  It works by increasing the amount of acetylcholine in the brain, which helps in improving mental function.

When should Donepezil not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category C :

Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the fetus and there are no appropriate studies in pregnant women, but potential benefits may allow the use of the drug in pregnant women despite the potential for risks.

What is the dosage of Donepezil?

Adult: PO- Initial: 5 mg/day in the evening, up to 10 mg/day after 4-6 week.

How should Donepezil be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Donepezil?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of heart disease, stomach problems, liver or kidney disease, breathing problems, urinary obstruction, brain tumor, head injury, seizures, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or fainting, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
It should not be used in children.

What are the side effects of Donepezil?

   Most frequent : Nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, muscle cramps, fatigue and loss of appetite.
   Body as a Whole : Headache, generalized pain and fatigue.
   Heart : Fainting.
   Blood : Bruising.
   Metabolic : Decreased weight.
   Musculoskeletal : Muscle cramps and joint inflammation.
   Central Nervous System : Sleeplessness, dizziness, depression, abnormal dreams and drowsiness.
   Genitourinary : Frequent urination.

What are the other precautions for Donepezil?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions of Donepezil?

Store it at controlled room temperature (15 to 30C), and in an airtight container.

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malou215 

what is it if DOPEZIL 5 mg is taken after breakfast.WILL PATIENT BE FEEL SLEEPY?

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