Donepezil is used to treat symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, such as confusion or memory loss.
Take donepezil regularly as directed with a glass of water. You can take it with or without food.
If it is nearly time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the usual time. Otherwise, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Do not take two doses at the same time.
Some medicines available without a prescription may react with donepezil including:
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products (e.g. St John's wort) or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Coughing or vomiting of blood, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, red or black bowel motions
Symptoms of a slow or irregular heartbeat including: feeling your heart skips a beat, dizziness or fainting
|Tell your doctor immediately|
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, indigestion, loss of appetite, weight loss
Low mood, strange dreams
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the MyMedicines Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Te Whatu Ora - Waitaha, New Zealand. March 2023
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