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Common Aricept Side Effects

Aricept has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, side effects are always documented and compared to those that occur in a similar group of people not taking the medicine. This way, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine. Based on these studies, the most common Aricept side effects were:
  • Nausea -- occurring in up to 19 percent of people
  • Diarrhea -- up to 15 percent
  • Insomnia -- up to 14 percent
  • Headache -- up to 10 percent
  • Generalized pain -- up to 9 percent
  • Dizziness -- up to 8 percent
  • Fatigue -- up to 8 percent
  • Vomiting -- up to 8 percent
  • Muscle cramps -- up to 8 percent.
Other side effects of Aricept occurring in more than 2 percent of the people taking Aricept included:
  • Loss of appetite
  • Skin discoloration
  • Decrease in weight
  • Depression
  • Abnormal dreams
  • Arthritis
  • Fainting
  • Tiredness
  • Frequent urination.

Aricept Side Effects to Report

There are a number of side effects with Aricept that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider. These side effects include, but are not limited to:
  • Severe diarrhea
  • Severe nausea or vomiting
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Stomach pain
  • Changes in vision or balance
  • Fainting spells
  • Nervousness or agitation
  • Uncontrollable movements
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Difficulty passing urine
  • Worsening of asthma
  • Seizures
  • Stomach ulcers or intestinal ulcers
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as an unexplained rash, hives, itching, swelling of the mouth or throat, wheezing, or difficulty breathing.
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