She has had four episodes of passing out the past two months. Has two small aneurisms that need watching over time. 2 mm and 6 mm in size>
I found this on the net and felt you need to understand what is going on.
"Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur when using Aricept:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bloody or black, tarry stools; chest pain; decreased urination; depression; fainting; fever; seizures; severe dizziness or headache; shortness of breath; slow or irregular heartbeat; swelling of the hands, ankles, or feet; unusual bruising; tremor."
"Side Effects by Body System
The case of restless legs, mumbling, and stuttering resolved after discontinuation of donepezil and there was a positive rechallenge.
Nervous system side effects have included headache (10%), insomnia (up to 9%), dizziness (up to 8%), hostility (3%), nervousness (3%), hallucinations (3%), somnolence (2%), depression (2%), confusion (2%), emotional lability (2%), and personality disorder (2%). Delusions, tremor, irritability, paresthesia, aggression, vertigo, ataxia, increased libido, restlessness, abnormal crying, and aphasia have been reported frequently. Cerebrovascular accident, intracranial hemorrhage, transient ischemic attack, neuralgia, coldness (localized), muscle spasm, dysphoria, gait abnormality, hypertonia, hypokinesia, neurodermatitis, numbness (localized), paranoia, dysarthria, dysphasia, decreased libido, melancholia, emotional withdrawal, nystagmus, and pacing have been reported infrequently. A case of Pisa Syndrome and a dose-related case of restless legs, mumbling, and stuttering have been reported. Two cases of worsening Parkinson's disease, a case report of convulsions, and a case report of delirium which may possibly have been associated with the use of donepezil have also been reported."
There are too many drugs out there and I think it is time to talk to her doctor about exploring other options.
- Aricept Information for Consumers
- Aricept Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Aricept (detailed)
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