Adlarity Side Effects
Generic name: donepezil
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jul 20, 2023.
Note: This document contains side effect information about donepezil. Some dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Adlarity.
Applies to donepezil: oral tablet, oral tablet disintegrating. Other dosage forms:
Serious side effects of Adlarity
Along with its needed effects, donepezil (the active ingredient contained in Adlarity) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur while taking donepezil:
- loss of appetite
- muscle cramps
- trouble in sleeping
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- Abnormal dreams
- frequent urination
- joint pain, stiffness, or swelling
- mental depression
- unusual bleeding or bruising
- weight loss
- Black, tarry stools
- bloody or cloudy urine
- blurred vision
- burning, prickling, or tingling sensations
- clumsiness or unsteadiness
- decreased urination
- difficult or painful urination
- dryness of mouth
- eye irritation
- flushing of skin
- frequent urge to urinate
- high or low blood pressure
- hot flashes
- increase in sexual desire or performance
- increased heart rate and breathing
- increased sweating
- increased urge to urinate during the night
- irregular heartbeat
- loss of bladder control
- loss of bowel control
- mood or mental changes, including abnormal crying, aggression, agitation, delusions, irritability, nervousness, or restlessness
- nasal congestion
- pain in chest, upper stomach, or throat
- problems with speech
- runny nose
- severe thirst
- shortness of breath
- sore throat
- sunken eyes
- tightness in chest
- troubled breathing
- wrinkled skin
Incidence not known
- Back, leg, or stomach pains
- bleeding gums
- chest pain or discomfort
- dark urine
- difficulty breathing
- fast or irregular heartbeat
- general body swelling
- general tiredness and weakness
- high fever
- increased thirst
- light-colored stools
- muscle pain or cramps
- nausea and vomiting
- pains in stomach, side, or abdomen, possibly radiating to the back
- pale skin
- seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
- severe muscle stiffness
- severe nausea
- slow or irregular heartbeat
- stomach pain
- swelling of face, ankles, or hands
- unusually pale skin
- upper right abdominal or stomach pain
- yellow eyes and skin
Symptoms of overdose
- Convulsions (seizures)
- increased sweating
- increased watering of mouth
- increasing muscle weakness
- low blood pressure
- severe nausea
- severe vomiting
- slow heartbeat
- troubled breathing
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to donepezil: oral tablet, oral tablet disintegrating, transdermal film.
Frequency of common adverse effects may be influenced by the rate of titration.[Ref]
The most common adverse events were diarrhea, muscle cramps, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, anorexia and insomnia. Most adverse events are mild in severity and transient in nature.[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Diarrhea, nausea
Common (1% to 10%): Vomiting, abdominal disturbance, tooth ache, fecal incontinence, gastrointestinal bleeding, bloating, epigastric pain
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Gastrointestinal hemorrhage, gastric and duodenal ulcers, eructation, gingivitis, flatulence, periodontal abscess, cholelithiasis, drooling, dry mouth, fever sore, gastritis, irritable colon, tongue edema, epigastric distress, gastroenteritis, increased transaminases, hemorrhoids, ileus, increased thirst, jaundice, melena, polydipsia, duodenal ulcer, stomach ulcer, hernia hiatal[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Headache
Common (1% to 10%): Dizziness, insomnia, somnolence, tremor, paresthesia, ataxia, nervousness, aphasia
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Seizure, bad taste, cerebrovascular accident, intracranial hemorrhage, transient ischemic attack, neuralgia, muscle spasm, dysphoria, gait abnormality, hypertonia, hypokinesia, neurodermatitis, numbness (localized), dysarthria, dysphasia, nystagmus, pacing
Rare (less than 0.1%): Extrapyramidal symptoms
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Neuroleptic malignant syndrome[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Hypertension, hemorrhage, syncope, vasodilation, atrial fibrillation, hot flashes, hypotension
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Bradycardia, angina pectoris, postural hypotension, myocardial infarction, AV block (first degree), congestive heart failure, arteritis, peripheral vascular disease, supraventricular tachycardia, deep vein thrombosis.
Rare (less than 0.1%): SA block, AV block[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Eczema rash, pruritus, ecchymosis, diaphoresis, urticaria
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Dermatitis, erythema, skin discoloration, hyperkeratosis, alopecia, fungal dermatitis, hirsutism, skin striae, night sweats, skin ulcer[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Urinary incontinence, nocturia
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Dysuria, hematuria, urinary urgency, metrorrhagia, cystitis, enuresis, prostate hypertrophy, pyelonephritis, inability to empty bladder, breast fibroadenosis, fibrocystic breast, mastitis, pyuria, renal failure, vaginitis[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Anorexia, decreased weight, dehydration
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Increased appetite, gout, hypokalemia, hyperglycemia, increased lactate dehydrogenase[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Muscle cramps, arthritis, bone fracture
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Muscle weakness, muscle fasciculation[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Cataract, eye irritation, vision blurred
Common (1% to 10%): Fatigue, pain, accidental overdose, vertigo, abnormal crying
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Minor increase in serum concentration of muscle creatine kinase, diverticulitis, earache, tinnitus, decreased hearing, otitis externa, otitis media, ear buzzing, motion sickness, herpes zoster, coldness (localized), fever, edema face, abscess, cellulitis, chills, generalized coldness, head fullness[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Hallucinations, agitation, aggressive behavior, abnormal dreams, nightmares, delusions, irritability, aggression, increased libido, restlessness
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Emotional lability, paranoia, hostility, decreased libido, melancholia, emotional withdrawal, listlessness[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Common cold, influenza, chest pain, dyspnea, sore throat, bronchitis
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Epistaxis, post nasal drip, pneumonia, hyperventilation, pulmonary congestion, wheezing, hypoxia, pharyngitis, pleurisy, pulmonary collapse, sleep apnea, snoring[Ref]
Rare (less than 0.1%): Liver dysfunction (including hepatitis)[Ref]
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