What is Donepezil?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Aricept Aricept ODT

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Donezpil hydrochloride is an aceytlcholineserase inhibitor used in the treatment of Alzheimer's Disease. It is considered a potentially useful treatment for other neurological conditions including ALS.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Memory problems 78 46
Brain fog 52 24
Cognitive impairment 36 28
Memory lapses (brain blinks) 20 13
Alzheimer's disease 10 3
Cognitive confusion 10 6

Show all 31 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 11
Moderate 14
Mild 14
None 64

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Donepezil

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 3
Nausea 3
Vivid dreams 3
Anxious mood 2
Drowsiness 2
More intense dreams 2

Show all 19 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Donepezil

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 25
5 mg daily 9
20 mg daily 2

Why patients stopped taking Donepezil

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 32
Doctor's advice 17
Side effects too severe 17
Expense 8
Other 8
Course of treatment ended 3
Personal research 2
See all 67 patients who've stopped taking Donepezil

Duration

Currently taking Donepezil

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 11
5 - 10 years 10
10 years or more 5

Stopped taking Donepezil

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 8
1 - 6 months 21
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 10
5 - 10 years 5
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 89
Usually 7
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 7
A little hard to take 10
Not at all hard to take 83
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 1
$50-99 1
$25-49 12
< $25 44
Not specified 44

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Donepezil after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Rivastigmine (Exelon Patch) 2
Amantadine (Symmetrel) 1

Patients stopped taking Donepezil and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Methylphenidate (Ritalin) 1
Modafinil (Provigil) 1
Naltrexone (Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN)) 1
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14 patient evaluations for Donepezil

Dec 11, 2017 (Started Jun 15, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for balance problems)
  • Side effects
    Mild (diarrhea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily

Sep 11, 2017 (Started Jun 15, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for balance problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 6, 2016 (Started May 30, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for memory problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily

  • 1 helpful mark

Nov 28, 2014 (Started Jan 03, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for memory problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for brain fog)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for cognitive impairment)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (vivid dreams)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Switched dosage to mornings because the vivid dreams were not as bad that way.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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