donepezil, Aricept, Aricept ODT

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    Dr. Saltiel received his Pharm.D. from the University of California, San Francisco, in 1980, following undergraduate work at UCLA. At UCSF, he was the recipient of the Outstanding Service Award and the Bowl of Hygeia Award. He completed a residency in clinical pharmacy practice at the University of Illinois, in Chicago.

  • Medical Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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GENERIC NAME: donepezil

BRAND NAME: Aricept, Aricept ODT

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

USES: Donepezil is used for the treatment of mild, moderate, or severe dementia associated with Alzheimer's disease.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects associated with donepezil are:

Other important side effects include:

MORE SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS: Tacrine (Cognex), another anticholinesterase medication used in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease, is associated with liver toxicity. Donepezil does not appear to be associated with liver toxicity.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/29/2016

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