|Active ingredient : Donepezil||Manufactured by : Various|
|Treatment: Alzheimer's disease||Dosage : 5, 10 mg|
People suffering from mental ailments like dementia and Alzheimer's are often prescribed Aricept, a drug that is known to improve the functioning of nerve cells inside brain. The active ingredient in Generic Aricept is Donepezil which prevents breakdown of a chemical called acetylcholine that is depleted in conditions like dementia and Alzheimer's in old age.
The important functions of brain such as thinking, memory, and reasoning get affected when the levels of acetylcholine go down inside brain, and Aricept, by preventing breakdown of this chemical, provides relief from symptoms of mild to moderate dementia in the patients of Alzheimer's. It has to be kept in mind that Donepezil is a salt that does not cure Alzheimer's but serves to provide relief to patients in brain functions like thinking, memory, and reasoning.
Donepezil is a medication that belongs to a class called cholinesterase inhibitors. It helps in improving mental functions like thinking, reasoning, interaction with others, language skills, and so on. These are the abilities that get destroyed by Alzheimer's disease (AD). Aricept (Donepezil) increases the amount of the chemical called acetylcholine inside brain that is a naturally occurring chemical. This has the effect of improving the functions of the brain. It seems that the loss of brain functions is slowed down by the increase of acetylcholine in the brain.
Do not forget to tell your doctor if you have any allergy to this medication or have any other allergies. People having history of breathing problems are usually not given this drug. Asthma, fainting, heart disease, and urine problems are some of the ailments that require patients to be telling their doctors if they have been prescribed Aricept. Donepezil (generic Aricept) has to be taken in the same dosage as it has been recommended by the doctor and do not increase the dosage if you feel it is not taking affect in your body. Also, do not try to give any other person this drug even if he happens to suffer from exactly the same symptoms as you.
Generic Donepezil has been known to induce drowsiness in patients and it is advised not to drive or to take part in any activity that requires alertness to avoid any accident. Continue to take the drug for as long as the doctor has prescribed it to you and do not discontinue the drug even if you have started to feel better. Aricept is also prescribed in some other medical conditions apart from AD and dementia.