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ARICEPT® 5 mg tablets
ARICEPT® 10 mg tablets
You and your caregiver should read this leaflet carefully before you start to use your medicine. It contains a summary of the information available on your medicine. If after reading this you do not understand or have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist (chemist).
The active ingredient in Aricept is donepezil hydrochloride. Aricept tablets are available in two strengths:
5 mg white tablets marked ‘ARICEPT’ on one side and \'5\' on the other, containing 5 mg of donepezil hydrochloride.
10 mg yellow tablets marked ‘ARICEPT’ on one side and \'10\' on the other, containing 10 mg of donepezil hydrochloride.
The tablets are supplied in packs of 28.
Other ingredients include lactose, maize starch, microcrystalline cellulose, hyprolose, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, talc, macrogol, titanium dioxide (E171). Additionally, the 10 mg tablet contains synthetic yellow iron oxide (E172).
The Marketing Authorisation Holder is:
Eisai Ltd. Hammersmith International Centre 3 Shortlands London W6 8EE UK
ARICEPT (donepezil hydrochloride) belongs to a group of medicines called acetylcholinesterase inhibitors. It is used to treat the symptoms of dementia in people diagnosed as having mild to moderately severe Alzheimer’s Disease. It is for use only in adult patients.
You must not take ARICEPT if:
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if:
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines especially:
pain killers or treatment for arthritis, antibiotics or anti-fungal medicine, muscle relaxants, anti-depressants, anticonvulsants or medication for a heart condition.
If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicinal product.
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.
If you are in doubt, consult your doctor or pharmacist before using ARICEPT tablets.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist the name of your caregiver. Your caregiver will help you to take your medicine as it is prescribed.
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 fatigue, dizziness and muscle cramp and if affected you must not drive or operate machinery.
Take your Aricept tablet by mouth with a drink of water at night before you go to bed.
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 will recommend. Usually, you will start by taking 5 mg (one white tablet) every night. After one month, your doctor may tell you to take 10 mg (one yellow tablet) every night. The maximum recommended dose is 10 mg each night.
You should 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. Do not stop taking the tablets unless told to do so by your doctor.
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.
Like all medicines, ARICEPT can have side effects.
The most commonly reported side effects of ARICEPT are diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, muscle cramp, fatigue, and insomnia (difficulty in sleeping). Dizziness, headaches, pain, accidents and the common cold have also been reported. In most cases these go away without having to stop treatment. Tell your doctor if you have any of these effects and if they are too uncomfortable for you.
Patients taking ARICEPT have also reported loss of appetite; hallucinations, agitation, aggressive behaviour; fainting, seizures; shaking, stiffness or uncontrollable movement especially of the face and tongue but also of the limbs; slow heart beat; abdominal disturbances including bleeding, stomach and duodenal ulcers; liver disorders including hepatitis; itching, rash and urinary incontinence.
Do not store this medicine above 30°C. As with all medicines, the tablets should be kept in a safe place where children cannot see or reach them.
DO NOT use ARICEPT tablets after the expiry date that is printed on the label.
If your doctor tells you to stop taking your medicine, you should return any you have not used to your pharmacist.
If you want to know more about your medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist who can give you more information.
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