Donecept (Donepezil HCL)
What is Donecept (Donepezil HCL) used for?
Donecept (Donepezil HCL) is an oral medication used to treat patients who are suffering from dementia caused by mild to moderately severe Alzheimer's disease. It operates as an enzyme blocker that balances levels of naturally occurring chemicals in the brain to preserve the memory and cognitive abilities of the patient. Your physician may also prescribe this medication for other purposes that are not listed here.
How should I use Donecept (Donepezil HCL)?
Donecept (Donepezil HCL) should be taken according to the instructions of your physician to get the most effective results from treatment. The typical dosage is one tablet taken once daily, although your particular directions will depend on your health and the severity of your symptoms. Swallow these doses whole and unaltered with a full glass of water. They may be taken with or without food, but a snack or meal is recommended along with application if you get an upset stomach. Never change the form of the tablets before use to prevent destroying or altering the effects of their contents. Ask your physician or pharmacist any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Donecept (Donepezil HCL)?
Some patients using Donecept (Donepezil HCL) may experience side effects such as:
Serious side effects that may require emergency medical attention are painful urination, discolored stools, vomiting blood or a substance resembling coffee grounds, or seizures. Stop using the medication and contact your physician immediately if you experience any symptoms that are particularly intense or worrying to make sure the necessary alterations are made to your application frequency or dosage to prevent more health problems from occurring.
Do not use Donecept (Donepezil HCL) if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or lactose intolerant. It is also important to inform your physician if you have asthma, epilepsy, heart block, sick sinus syndrome, Parkinson's disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), urinary obstruction, or a history of peptic ulcers. These conditions may cause unexpected problems during treatment requiring special adjustments to your regimen.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Donecept (Donepezil HCL). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.