Answers to Questions on Aricept
For most people, Aricept is quite effective in treating the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. It is also generally well tolerated. Aricept side effects can occur, however, and people may wish to consider a substitute for Aricept. These substitutes could include other acetylcholinesterase inhibitors or other medications used in the treatment of Alzheimer's.
People who take too much Aricept may experience the following symptoms:
- Severe nausea and vomiting
- Salivation (increased watering of the mouth)
- Slowed heart beat (bradycardia)
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Troubled breathing
- Respiratory depression or collapse
- Convulsions (seizures).
If you happen to overdose on Aricept, seek medical attention immediately.
(Click Aricept Overdose for more information.)
Aricept should be stored at room temperature in a tightly closed container. It should be protected from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places.
Throw away any unused medication after the expiration date. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist how you should dispose of Aricept.
Keep Aricept and all medications out of the reach of children.
If you forget to take a dose of Aricept, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your normal dosing schedule. Never double your dose of Aricept at one time.