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User Reviews for Donepezil

Also known as: Aricept, Aricept ODT

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Lewy Body Dementia 3 reviews 0 medications
   
9.3
Mild Cognitive Impairment 10 reviews 0 medications
   
5.9
Alzheimer's Disease 34 reviews 27 medications
   
5.3
Summary of Donepezil reviews 47 reviews 6.8

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For Alzheimer's Disease: "We've been happy taking donepezil at night however his doctor wants to change to a drug containing this medication and namenda all-in-one. Hate to change when he's doing so well.."

Anonymous (taken for 2 to 5 years) August 9, 2017

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For Mild Cognitive Impairment: "Awful experience ! Nightmare Dreaming++ fell out of bed & hit my head causing bleeding. Had to see GP. Not to take it. Now off the drug completely & feeling much better. Thought to have dementia a year ago but diagnosis is now suspect."

   
1.0

Benbo (taken for less than 1 month) July 28, 2017

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For Alzheimer's Disease: "Makes me feel ill."

   
3.0

Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) July 23, 2017

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For Alzheimer's Disease: "My mum has been on Donepezil for 2 years. Over the past 6 months her appetite had deteriorated, she's losing weight, getting aggressive and she was falling a lot. I have recently discovered she wasn't taking her pills and hiding them in her gums and pretending to swallow, then when I moved away she was taking them out of her mouth and putting them in the bin. She's 82. I have changed the routine of night time meds to morning as this seems easier. Without this pill, 10mg a day, she deteriorates badly. There is a massive difference in her vocabulary and attitude more than anything else. For those bad comments talking about the drug when it hasn't been taken for at least 12 weeks, please ignore. This needs to be given time to work."

   
9.0

Lyndaloo99999 July 15, 2017

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For Alzheimer's Disease: "Dr started my 89 yr old grandmother with 5mg of donepezil for 2 weeks. Noticed no change positive or negative. Doctor increased to 10mg. She's been on it for 3 weeks. My husband and I (even my 11yr old son) feel her memory has gotten worse. The past two days, I decreased her intake to 5mg. I will continue with 5mg for now to see if this improve. But after reading many of the posts, I may stop having her take donepezil."

   
2.0

Cowbugg (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 14, 2017

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For Mild Cognitive Impairment: "I have a Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and donepezil helps to be in control of my memories. This medication is working so far. I don't have to write everything down. It has helped and was prescribed by my Neurologist. Thank you."

   
8.0

Nanettê Wimbrow (taken for less than 1 month) May 11, 2017

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Aricept (donepezil) for Alzheimer's Disease: "My mother was on this medication for 2 weeks for early stages of Alzheimer's. The first week family thought we could see noticeable improvement. By the end of the 2nd week she was confused and defecating in her hand which she had never done before. The doctor discontinued and after a few days she was back to where she was before starting the med. My advice is watch your loved one closely for side effects."

   
1.0

Pehs (taken for less than 1 month) May 7, 2017

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For Alzheimer's Disease: "My 65 yo husband started the 1/2 pill regiment 5 weeks ago. Big improvement in conversations, no longer accusing people of stealing from him. Than we had to wait 5 days for the prescription to be refilled. That was a decline, back to talking to imaginary people, aggressive behavior, no energy. Now he is on the whole pill. Wow, almost back to being pleasant. He takes his in the morning, so no sleep interrupted. Energy back, never had a side affect as far as loss of appetite, weight loss, diarrhea. Early stage of ALZ/ Dementia. Glad he is doing better, still a day to day."

   
9.0

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 27, 2016

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For Mild Cognitive Impairment: "At 53 this has help me so much to stop me from losing any more of my memory. Due to Strokes, Brain aneurysms, and many surgeries from blocked arteries. I am a 24 year Disabled Medical Adminastrator. Been very hard. I also take Namenda. These Meds have been a Blessing to me."

   
10

Daisy Lady October 22, 2016

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Aricept (donepezil) for Alzheimer's Disease: "Several years of vascular dementia and growing increasingly worse now, my 89 year old mother started aricept during the last month. First day she was like a new person, clear thinking with memory, energy, and motivated. Second day much less, and was dizzy and constipated by 6th day. Now appearing more confused than without the drug. Not a good experience, will be moving on."

   
3.0

Maple3 October 7, 2016

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Aricept (donepezil) for Alzheimer's Disease: "Father was almost himself again with aricept but it gave him uncontrollable diarrhea so he won't take it."

   
5.0

WTFman September 21, 2016

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For Alzheimer's Disease: "My mother in law was on this drug for 2 months. While her short term memory continued to fail she also seemed more confused. We took her off and she has started to seem less confused-this is week 3 without. She has also experienced diarrhea and had lost weight. I am not sure there is a reliable study that can tell how well this drug might work for some because everyone's disease is different. We can't go back and see how they would have done without the drug. We will not be putting her back on."

   
2.0

Marram234 August 31, 2016

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Aricept (donepezil) for Alzheimer's Disease: "My mother (74) was prescribed Aricept when she was diagnosed about 5 years ago. She had very few side effects and seemed less anxious. However, there was no noticeable change in cognitive function, which has deteriorated fairly rapidly, especially in the last 2 years. It is hard to say whether the drug had any positive effect as I will never know what my mother would have been like without it. It may or may not have slowed the progression of the Alzheimer's."

   
4.0

Carer3 May 18, 2016

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For Alzheimer's Disease: "Very good results for my mom w/vascular dementia figure it gave 3-4 more years with her still cognitive some can take w/results some not so much we were able to travel better after this medication for sure"

   
8.0

Capergirl (taken for 5 to 10 years) May 11, 2016

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For Alzheimer's Disease: "My wife has taken Donepezil (first 5mg then after a year 10mg) for some three years. Initially her Folstein MMS score was 28/30 and is now 17/30. She has no apparent side effects. I cannot tell what my wife would be like without it - now her forgetfulness is almost instantaneous and she is now incapable of independent living."

   
5.0

Anonymous (taken for 2 to 5 years) December 21, 2015

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For Mild Cognitive Impairment: "Our mother was put on 10mg Aricept (started with 5mg) and after 2 months, had a completely different personality and had lost 16 pounds. (She started at 114 - lost almost 15% of her body weight.) It was AWFUL!! She had no appetite, was depressed, angry, and just a completely different person. I have read many terrible reviews now that we have been through this experience. Stay away from Aricept."

   
1.0

Julia H. (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 17, 2015

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For Mild Cognitive Impairment: "My husband took this drug for 3-4 weeks and got worse and worse that we took him off of it. Horrible drug!!!!!!!!!! He began to hallucinate, could not sleep, memory was worse, loss of appetite, talking in his sleep all night long, started falling, just awful side effects. Would never want him on this drug again."

   
1.0

Lorraine Melms November 30, 2015

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Aricept (donepezil) for Alzheimer's Disease: "I have taken Namenda and Ariceptfor years. Memory has improved! Have had the vivid dreams others have described, also muscle cramps. Is am going to cut back on the Aricept and see if it helps....although usually enjoy my dreams!"

   
8.0

carolelanier (taken for 2 to 5 years) November 24, 2015

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For Alzheimer's Disease: "Mum has first stage Alzheimer's and was put on drug 8 weeks ago. She has gone from someone who was pleasantly confused, is now incontinent, won't eat or drink, sleeping all the time, and is now in hospital because she was found unresponsive! Had been examined by 4 doctors with in the 8 wks who all said she must stay on the drug! Even though it was blatantly obvious to the family it was the drug causing the symptoms! The drug was stopped 2 days ago and she is alert and talking"

   
1.0

Sandy cove November 4, 2015

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Aricept (donepezil) for Alzheimer's Disease: "Trouble sleeping,stomach pain,headache,constipation,fever,"

   
1.0

SKC4767 October 26, 2015

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For Alzheimer's Disease: "My mother was on this and had negative side effects, diarrhea, weakness, changes in behaviors, combative, using foul language, on 10 mgs. I complained and the MD took her off , then put her back on 3 months later, same side effects. I am disgusted at how these meds are prescribed and the side effects are WORSE that the behaviors. I am an RN, and this is abuse of our elder patients."

   
1.0

daughter, RN (taken for 6 months to 1 year) October 21, 2015

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For Alzheimer's Disease: "Mom is on this stuff just a short time now. Put on 5 mg, then 10, now to 20/day in an 8 week span. Her confusion got much worse, daily nausea set in no matter if taken with meal or not, sleep pattern really changed and attitude became combative and nasty. I am weaning her down to 10 mg/day and if no change I will take her to 5 then stop all together. This stuff may work for mild cases of alzheimer's but not for my mom"

   
1.0

Think not September 24, 2015

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For Lewy Body Dementia: "My husband was recently diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia, and the worst part was the hallucinations he was having of people coming in the house, threatening him, stealing things, hiding things and pretending to be me or one of his daughters. There was no dealing with these imaginary people. Our Neurologist suggested trying Donepezil (Aricept) and we started with 5 mg. and moved to 10 mgs since he had no side affects. It was amazing: his hallucinations stopped completely by the third day! They have never come back."

   
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Onetoothree September 15, 2015

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For Lewy Body Dementia: "My husband was recently diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia, and the worst part was the hallucinations he was having of people coming in the house, threatening him, stealing things, hiding things and pretending to be me or one of his daughters. There was no dealing with these imaginary people. Our Neurologist suggested trying Donepezil (Aricept) and we started with 5 mg. and moved to 10 mgs since he had no side affects. It was amazing: his hallucinations stopped completely by the third day! They have never come back."

   
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Mitzi2 September 15, 2015

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Aricept (donepezil) for Alzheimer's Disease: "My 82 year old dad went on this med to slow the memory loss. It did seem to help that but we have had uncharacteristic behavioral issues where he can't keep his hands off the ladies. So much that it is a problem in the assisted living memory care unit he lives in and now he has to go to a behavioral place to change his Medicene. Sheeeesh!"

   
7.0

My dad (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 8, 2015

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