Patients who are suffering from dementia may be prescribed Aricept. Dementia is a condition in which the brain is negatively impacted in such a way that the patient may have trouble remembering things, communicating, thinking clearly, and performing typical day to day activities. In most cases, Aricept is prescribed to people who are suffering from Alzheimer's, a specific disorder that causes dementia by causing the individual to gradually lose the ability to think, learn, communicate, and perform basic tasks.
It belongs to a group of medications which are known collectively as cholinesterase inhibitors. The medication can help improve the brain function of the patient. It has been shown to improve social interaction, memory, attention, reasoning, and language skills in various circumstances. The medication works by increasing the amount of a specific natural chemical that exists within the brain. In some cases, Aricept may be able to improve a person's ability to think and remember. In other cases, it can slow down the loss of brain function. The medication is not a cure for Alzheimer's, however, and it will not prevent damage from Alzheimer's if the medication is no longer being taken.
Aricept can be purchased either as a normal tablet or as an orally dissolving tablet. In most cases, the medication is taken only once a day, typically in the evening just before bed. It is up to the patient whether to take it with or without food. It should be taken at about the same time every day. Before using the medication, make sure that you fully understand any directions that come with the medication or that were issued by your doctor. If you are confused about anything, make sure that you speak with your doctor about it, or ask your pharmacist.
It can take a while for the effects of Aricept to become noticeable, so don't increase your dosage or stop taking the medication if it does not appear to be working properly. Get in touch with your doctor before making any changes to your dosage. The medication helps to control the symptoms of Alzheimer's but it is not a cure. If thought processes are improving this is an indication that the medication is working, not that it is no longer needed. Never change the amount or frequency of your dose without talking to a doctor.
In most cases, your doctor will place you on a smaller dose of Aricept for a period lasting four to six weeks in order to gauge your body's reaction to it.
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