Before starting Aricept, be sure to inform your doctor if you have an enlarged prostate, heart rhythm disorder, asthma, urination issues, seizure disorder, or obstructive pulmonary disorder. If you need any type of surgery or dental work, you should inform your doctor or dentist ahead of time as you may need to stop taking the medication temporarily at your doctor’s discretion.
You should not take Aricept if you have an allergy to donepezil or other certain medications. Consult your doctor before taking Aricept if you have experienced some of these symptoms in the past: heart rhythm disorders, stomach ulcers, urination issues or prostate enlargement, seizure disorders, trouble swallowing, kidney or liver disease, asthma or COPD, or any other breathing disorders. It is unknown if Aricept is safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning to become pregnant while taking this medication you should talk to your doctor. Before starting Aricept, you should inform your doctor or any other medications that you take.
Some drugs may interact with donepezil, especially medications such as aspirin, Advil, Motrin, Aleve, celecoxib, indomethacin, diclofenac, meloxicam, and more. Other medications may interact with Aricept, including prescribed medications, over-the-counter medications, herbal products, and vitamins. Disclose any other medications that you are taking to your doctor to ensure they are safe to take with Aricept. There are over 800 known drug interactions with donepezil ranging from mild to severe. If you suspect that you are experiencing an allergic reaction to Aricept you should seek emergency medical help.
Symptoms of allergic reactions may include the following: breathing trouble, hives, and swelling of the lips, throat, tongue or face. If you experience certain severe symptoms you should stop using Aricept and call your doctor at once. These symptoms may include some of the following: severe or ongoing vomiting, slow heartbeat, lightheadedness or feeling like you may lose conciseness, seizures, difficult or painless urination, new or worsening breathing issues, or signs of stomach bleeding including bloody or tarry stools, stomach pain, severe heartburn, coughing up blood, or vomiting up substances that look like coffee grounds.
Remember to keep all medications out of the reach of animals and children. Never share your medications with others and only use Aricept for the reason prescribed.