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(donepezil hydrochloride)

Your medicine is available using the name Aricept 10mg Tablets /
Donepezil Hydrochloride 10mg Tablets, but will be referred to as
Aricept throughout this leaflet.
Also available as 5mg tablets.

You and your caregiver should read all of this
leaflet carefully before you start taking this

Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or
This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on
to others. It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the
same as yours.
If any of the side effects get serious, or if you notice any
side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor
or pharmacist.

In this leaflet:

What Aricept is and what it is used for
Before you take Aricept
How to take Aricept
Possible side effects
How to store Aricept
Further information

1. What Aricept is and what it is used for
Aricept (donepezil hydrochloride) belongs to a group of medicines
called acetylcholinesterase inhibitors. Donepezil increases the
levels of a substance (acetylcholine) in the brain involved in
memory function by slowing down the break down of
It is used to treat the symptoms of dementia in people diagnosed
as having mild and moderately severe Alzheimer’s disease. The
symptoms include increasing memory loss, confusion and
behavioural changes. As a result, sufferers of Alzheimer’s disease
find it more and more difficult to carry out their normal daily
Aricept is for use in adult patients only.

2. Before you take Aricept
Do NOT take Aricept

if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to donepezil
hydrochloride, or to piperidine derivatives, or any of the
other ingredients of Aricept listed in section 6

Take special care with Aricept

Tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting to take Aricept if
you have or have had:

stomach or duodenal ulcers

seizures (fits) or convulsions

a heart condition (irregular or very slow heartbeat)

asthma or other long term lung disease

liver problems or hepatitis

difficulty passing urine or mild kidney disease
Also tell your doctor if you are pregnant or think you might be

Taking other medicines

Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, or have
recently taken, any other medicine. This includes medicines that
your doctor has not prescribed for you but which you have bought
yourself from a chemist/pharmacist. It also applies to medicines
you may take sometime in the future if you continue to take
Aricept. This is because these medicines may weaken or
strengthen the effects of Aricept.
Especially tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following
types of medicines:

other Alzheimer’s disease medicines, e.g. galantamine

pain killers or treatment for arthritis e.g. aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs such as
ibuprofen, or diclofenac sodium

anticholinergics medicines, e.g. tolterodine

antibiotics e.g. erythromycin, rifampicin

anti-fungal medicine e.g. ketoconazole

anti-depressants e.g. fluoxetine

anticonvulsants e.g. phenytoin, carbamazepine

medication for a heart condition e.g. quinidine, betablockers (propanolol and atenolol)

muscle relaxants e.g. diazepam, succinylcholine

general anaesthetic

medicines obtained without a prescription e.g. herbal
If you are going to have an operation that requires you to have a
general anaesthetic, you should tell your doctor and the
anaesthetist that you are taking Aricept. This is because your
medicine may affect the amount of anaesthetic needed.
Aricept can be used in patients with kidney disease or mild to
moderate liver disease. Tell your doctor first if you have kidney or
liver disease. Patients with severe liver disease should not take
Tell your doctor or pharmacist the name of your caregiver. Your
caregiver will help you to take your medicine as it is prescribed.

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Taking Aricept with food and drink

Food will not influence the effect of Aricept.
Aricept should not be taken with alcohol because alcohol may
change its effect.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

Aricept should not be used while breast-feeding.
If you are pregnant, or think you might be pregnant, ask your
doctor for advice before taking any medicine.

Driving and using machines

Alzheimer's disease may impair your ability to drive or operate
machinery and you must not perform these activities unless your
doctor tells you that it is safe to do so.
Also, your medicine can cause tiredness, dizziness and muscle
cramp. If you experience any of these effects you must not drive
or operate machinery.

Important information about some of the
ingredients of Aricept

This medicine contains lactose. If you have been told by your
doctor that you have intolerance to some sugars, you should
contact your doctor before taking Aricept.

3. How to take Aricept
How much Aricept should you take?

Usually, you will start by taking 5mg every night. After one
month, your doctor may tell you to take 10mg every night.
Swallow your Aricept tablet with a drink of water before you go to
bed at night.
The tablet strength you will take may change depending on the
length of time you have been taking the medicine and on what
your doctor recommends. The maximum recommended dose is
10mg each night.
Always follow your doctor’s, or pharmacist’s advice about how and
when to take your medicine.
Do not alter the dose yourself without your doctor's advice.
Take your tablets as your doctor told you or by following the days
of the week printed on the blister pack. The English translation of
the days of the week is as follows:



For how long should you take Aricept?

Your doctor or pharmacist will advise you on how long you should
continue to take your tablets. You will need to see your doctor
from time to time to review your treatment and assess your

If you stop taking Aricept

Do not stop taking the tablets unless told to do so by your doctor.
If you stop taking Aricept, the benefits of your treatment will
gradually fade away.

If you take more Aricept than you should

DO NOT take more than one tablet each day. Call your doctor
immediately if you take more than you should. If you cannot
contact your doctor, contact the local hospital Accident and
Emergency department at once. Always take the tablets and the
carton with you to the hospital so that the doctor knows what has
been taken.
Symptoms of overdosing include feeling and being sick, drooling,
sweating, slow heart rate, low blood pressure (light-headedness
or dizziness when standing), breathing problems, losing
consciousness and seizures (fits) or convulsions.

If you forget to take Aricept

If you forget to take a tablet, just take one tablet the following
day at the usual time. Do not take a double dose to make up for a
forgotten tablet.
If you forget to take your medicine for more than one week, call
your doctor before taking any more medicine.

Common side effects (affects 1 to 10 users in 100):

4. Possible side effects

muscle cramp
difficulty in sleeping (insomnia)
the common cold
loss of appetite
hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not really
unusual dreams including nightmares
aggressive behaviour
stomach feeling uncomfortable
passing urine uncontrollably
accidents (patients may be more prone to falls and
accidental injury)

Like all medicines, Aricept can cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them.

Uncommon side effects (affects 1 to 10 users in

The following side effects have been reported by people taking

Rare side effects (affects 1 to 10 users in 10,000):

Tell your doctor if you have any of these effects
while you are taking Aricept.
Serious side effects:

You must tell your doctor immediately if you notice these serious
side effects mentioned. You may need urgent medical treatment.

fever with muscle stiffness, sweating or a lowered level of
consciousness (a disorder called “Neuroleptic Malignant
Syndrome”) (affects less than 1 user in 10,000).

liver damage e.g. hepatitis. The symptoms of hepatitis are
feeling or being sick, loss of appetite, feeling generally
unwell, fever, itching, yellowing of the skin and eyes, and
dark coloured urine (affects 1 to 10 users in 10,000).

stomach or duodenal ulcers. The symptoms of ulcers are
stomach pain and discomfort (indigestion) felt between the
navel and the breast bone (affects 1 to 10 users in 1,000).

bleeding in the stomach or intestines. This may cause you to
pass black tar-like stools or visible blood from the rectum
(affects 1 to 10 users in 1,000).

seizures (fits) or convulsions (affects 1 to 10 users in 1,000).

Very common side effects (affects more than 1 user
in 10):

feeling or being sick

slow heartbeat

stiffness, shaking or uncontrollable movement especially of
the face and tongue but also of the limbs

Reporting of side effects:

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This
includes any side effects not listed in this leaflet.
You can also report side effects directly via: Yellow Card Scheme
By reporting side effects, you can help provide more information
on the safety of this medicine.

5. How to store Aricept
Do not store above 30°C.
Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children.
The expiry date of this product is printed on the pack. Do not use
Aricept after this date. The expiry date refers to the last day of
that month.
If your doctor decides to stop the treatment, return any leftover
tablets to the pharmacist. Only keep them if your doctor tells you
If the tablets appear discoloured or show any other signs of
deterioration, take them to your pharmacist who will advise you.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household
waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer
required. These measures will help to protect the environment.

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6. Further information
What does Aricept contain?

Each film-coated tablet contains 10mg donepezil hydrochloride.
The tablets also contain the following inactive ingredients:
lactose, maize starch, hydroxypropyl cellulose, magnesium
stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, hypromellose, talc, macrogol
8000, titanium dioxide (E171) and yellow iron oxide (E172).

What does Aricept look like?

Aricept are yellow, round tablets, marked ‘Aricept’ on one side and
‘10’ on the other.

What is in a pack of Aricept?

Aricept is available in calendar packs containing 28 tablets.


This product is manufactured by: Pfizer PGM, Poce sur Cisse,
Procured from within the EU and repackaged by: Doncaster
Pharmaceuticals Group Ltd., Kirk Sandall, Doncaster, DN3 1QR.
Product Licence holder: Testerworld Ltd., 7 Regents Drive,
Prudhoe, Northumberland, NE42 6PX.
PL No: 19280/0077


Leaflet revision date: 14.08.15
ARICEPT® is a registered trademark of Eisai Co., Ltd.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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