People who have Alzheimer's disease may benefit from a medicine called Aricept® (donepezil hydrochloride). Although it cannot cure Alzheimer's or slow down the progression of the disease, the drug has been shown to improve symptoms. It is usually taken once a day at bedtime and can be taken with or without food.
Prior to starting treatment, the medication's safety information should be reviewed with your healthcare provider so that you know what to expect during treatment with this drug and possible side effects to be aware of. For example, nausea, diarrhea, and headache are among the commonly reported side effects. In addition, your healthcare provider needs to know if you have a history of low blood pressure, seizures, or heart disease.
(Click Aricept to learn more about this medicine, including how it works, dosing guidelines, what to do in cases of overdose, and generic availability.)